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More 1 year old help, lol

Can you tell it's my first kid? Haha. I just feel like now he's one and walking, he's getting into so much more stuff! So, how do you discipline (and I use that word lightly) a 1 year old?
Let me clarify. Here's an example:
Our Xbox/Playstation/Cable box are all within his reach. We keep the games and controllers next to them. (I know, easy solution would be to move them, bu right now we don't really have any other place to put them)
He is constantly going up to the stand and pulling out the controllers/knocking all the games off the shelf. He also likes to turn the Xbox on and off, which was cute until he started doing it while we were PLAYING the Xbox, haha.

He also has this fascination with cords plugged into the walls, and likes to do his darnedest to unplug them, then walks around with the cords.

SO. How do I deter this behavior? We have tried telling him NO and picking him up and moving him elsewhere in the room, telling him NO and turning him around when he's headed that direction, etc. None of these things have worked and we have turned to spankings (not hard, obviously, but just a swat to try to bring the message home) but I really don't want to set a precedent of spankings as a form of punishment- I'd rather use time outs and such in the future, but clearly at age one that won't work.
So do you guys have other ideas that I haven't thought of?
Thanks a ton.


Nov. 20th, 2012 12:26 am (UTC)
Baby is seeing a toy that mom and dad find very interesting, something that is holding mom/dad's attention, and wants in on the action. Baby probably doesn't understand why he can't explore something that's out in the open, doesn't hurt, and others are playing with. He has probably also realized it's a hot button item and will get attention for approaching it. It's more about parents trying to exert their wills over his, rather than truly protecting him from danger. I would reserve harsh warnings for things that are truly dangerous.

I've found I need to turn these things off when baby is around, keep them out of sight if possible, and not show her that they are interesting in any way. Cell phones, TV, computer, video games, ipads - when baby starts fussing over the electronic, it should go off and away, and baby gets a snack, playtime, a diaper change, attention. Or if we're watching TV, it's in the background as baby is played with.

There has to be more interesting things to do than pushing a few bad buttons. Isn't there an old keyboard laying around we can bang on?

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