Wow what controversy this thread has caused, let me quickly point out that I didn't beat my child for touching the DVD player what happened was he went there once, twice, three times I said no at his level being firm then pulled him away to play with something more fun, which then caused him to throw himself on the floor , scream and cry and then run back over for the 13th time in tears I didn't know what else to do, all the comments saying "well u shouldn't haven't beaten ur poor 10 month old" making me feel really bad, ok it's probably not the thing I should have done but when ever he went back over to that damn DVD player with a massive grin on his face it's like he wanted my reaction , sigh
I don't see any controversy.
Lots of really interesting advice ladies. Im not at that stage yet but its useful to know what im going to get into lol
I would distract and redirect. Paige doesnt really get into alot of stuff (lucky me!) and I have to admit, I let her press the buttons on the sky box.. oops! I dont watch it though. When she tries to play with the dogs food, or his slobbery ball etc, I say no and move her somewhere else. She doesnt really cry, sometimes for a couple of seconds, but generally forgets in an instant.
Also, sometimes I pick her up and start throwing her about and swinging her (she loves the whole rough-housing thing!) and she plays along as if she didnt have anything in the first place.
I find persistance and distraction are the only ways. Moving things out of the way is only a short term fix - they need to know what they can and can't touch so that when you visit people who aren't babyproofed you have some control!
it does get easier, it just takes patience and sometimes gritted teeth. I had a travel cot to hand with DS so when he got too micheivous I would plonk him in there for half an hour with toys. It will be getting hauled out of the loft again when DD starts crawling!
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