Discipline is Teaching (month6_931)

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Discipline is Teaching

6-7 Months

Babies this age cannot obey or disobey parents. Their minds are not developed enough for them to know right from wrong. However, they may do things that are unsafe or that you think are wrong. For the next year or so, we need to help baby learn how to behave. If you're a warm and loving parent, baby will learn to trust you. The more baby trusts you, the more easily she will accept the occasional limits you set.

* Praise baby when he does things you like. The more positive you are when baby is good, the more he will tend to listen when you disapprove.

* Ignore misbehavior, such as spitting food, if it is not harmful. Don't look at, smile at, or scold baby. Pretend she isn't there until she stops.

* Redirect behavior if baby is doing something dangerous, pick him up and move him to something safe. For example, take baby away from a stairway; put him in the middle of the room and say, "you can crawl here."

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