This month is the ideal time to introduce the notion of limits to your baby. Her wanderlust means she is beginning to get herself into situations that could be dangerous; she has also developed a long enough memory to remember-or at least to begin to remember-that certain areas or activities are off-limits to her.
Saying no to your baby isn't necessarily a negative thing; in fact, it's an important tool for teaching him about the world. Small children inevitably get into mischief when they're trying to learn and explore; when you discipline them lovingly, you're teaching them that their world is consistent and fair and that they won't lose your love if they break the rules. When your baby is doing something harmful, simply say, "No, you can't have [or do] that," and remove him from the tempting or dangerous situation. Here are some ways to convey your message about limits effectively:
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