Mother and Baby

Fast Fixes For Your Baby's Naughty Behaviour

If your little angel could do with going to finishing school, we've got the baby behaviour tricks you need to know

Repeatedly banging the TV screen for fun or decorating the walls with her dinner is sadly not as entertaining for everyone around your little one as it is for her. Until your baby's old enough to understand what she’s doing is wrong, the best way to keep her behaviour in check is to outsmart her.

You Want Your Baby To Get In The Bath...

...she wants to carry on playing

Fast Fix: Make it a game. Ask her if she wants to play flying ducks, then pretend to make her fly as you lift her in or out. Ask her to quack as she flies to get her really involved.

You Want A Happy Dinnertime...

...she wants to throw her food on the floor

Fast Fix: Ignore bad behaviour. Say, ‘I bet you can’t eat all those peas before I turn around again,’ then turn your head away. When you turn back, she’ll probably have eaten them, and she’ll be delighted by your exaggerated expression of surprise. You can keep this joke going for as long as it takes.

You Want Her To Stop Touching Something...

...she wants to press buttons/hit everything in sight

Quick fix: Be clear she mustn’t touch it by saying a firm ‘no’ and find something else to focus on. For instance, ‘Ooh, look at the lorry – what colour is that lorry?’ ‘Toddlers have short concentration spans, so providing something else of interest will generally stop feelings of disappointment or frustration,’ says Lynne.

You Want Her To Lie Quietly For A Nappy Change...

 ...she's busy rolling around, running off or wriggling out of your hands

Quick fix: Encourage your tot to be involved in a nappy change by asking if she knows which bit’s coming next. For instance, say, ‘And now, what do we need? Can you guess? Yes, that’s right, a wipe.’ Make her feel involved and she'll be more compliant when you interrupt that all important building-a-tower-of-blocks play session.

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