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how do u know your child understands the word "no"??

I don't know if my 8 month old understand the word no or not?? How can u tell??

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Asked by connorsmom2009 at 12:42 AM on Jan. 30, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Even if he did understand it, he would still lack the impulse control at this age.

    At 8 months you should be creating an environment that allows him to explore and learn safely and not already focusing on using "no." Not saying not to use "no" but don't be worried about if he understands it or not.

    For example if he has a non toy item in his hands you can say no and then switch it out for one of his toys. Use redirection.

    Sitting on the couch shouting no is not going to work for a baby...or toddler.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:48 AM on Jan. 30, 2010

  • when they deliberately don't listen to you lol. that's when you know. when they give you the look "and what are you gonna do about it?" while they're doing whatever it was you told them not too. at 8 months, my son KNEW what the word no meant.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:49 AM on Jan. 30, 2010

  • Redirection at this age. Your child should not be expected to fully understand the word no yet.


    Answer by Anonymous at 1:35 AM on Jan. 30, 2010

  • Im not quite sure at that age,. if an 8 month old knows the meaning of "no" the baby might start to get a reaction from the tone of your voice ,the way you say things . But Im not sure the 8 month really knows the word "no".

    Answer by incarnita at 10:43 AM on Jan. 30, 2010

  • The first sign of understanding the word "no" is that it starts to inhibit their behavior. It doesn't STOP the behavior, but they will pause and look at you before continuing their behavior. The best way to teach that "no means no" is to only use "no" when it is a serious issue, like safety, then quickly remove from the situation and redirect their attention. If you are constantly saying "no" with no reaction, then either your environment isn't baby safe enough or you are over-using the word. Either way, constantly saying no will only lead to the baby considering the word no to be meaningless.

    Answer by Gooberzilla at 5:56 PM on Jan. 30, 2010

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