How do you dicipline a 9 month old?

United States
November 15, 2006 2:06pm CST
Or are you not suposed to dicipline a 9 month old. That is what i thought but now my son is sooo bad. He pinches me, screams at me, gets tempers when he doesnt get his way, he throws his food and pounds on his plate. He is always demanding my attention every second of the day. I feel i need to do something but i heard you cant discipline them because they do now grasp the concept of right and wrong until they are about 3 years old.,
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@dhicks30 (1948)
• United States
15 Nov 06
wow, I would let tell him NO. And when he is get temper when he doesn't get his way walk out of the room. See you can see him, but he can't see ya. Other then that I don't know what to tell you. Have you gotten any book to see what they say.
• United States
15 Nov 06
yeah, all the books tell me is to not pay attention to them but only for 2-3 year olds.
• United States
15 Nov 06
I have 6 children, my youngest being twins at 19mths and I can't say that I disiplined them at that age but I have maybe smacked their hand if they did something terrible enough but mostly just pointed my finger and told them no. Mine don't listen all that well either but as they get older I think it gets better. You can try the corner for a time out but I don't know how it would work with a nine month old
• United States
15 Nov 06
yeah. its like nothing gets through to this little one. he is so bad in my opinion.
@Signal20 (2281)
• United States
15 Nov 06
That's true, he won't understand the discipline. Sounds to me like he's just trying to express his independence. Babies really are selfish and want/need instant gratificaton, they just don't know any better. Mine's 11 months old, and we're starting the "no" concept. She'll crawl around and grab an electrical cord-to which I loudly say NO. She usually drops it, but will occasionally pick it back up while she's looking at me. They like to test lol. I guess if he starts pinching or being physical, you could put him in his playpen for a time out, but I really don't know if he'll grasp that as punishment, therefore not working. Probably best talking to your dr/pediatrician and see what they recommend for that age, that's a tough one. Good luck!!
• United States
15 Nov 06
really? i was wondering what he was thinking. It s so hard cuz he cant tell me and i dont know when hes jsut being a brat or when he really needs something. He hates his play pen and he willl cry the whole time in there. he wants me with him constantly. the second i walk away he starts to freik out and screams and crys. its like so frusterating. his doctors are so crapy they dont help at all. the visits are so brief and i feel like im taking up their time when i ask question. so im gonna find a new doctor. thanks for your help.
@srhelmer (6930)
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
15 Nov 06
I'm not sure if you really can discipline a child that age because I'm not sure if they would understand.
• United States
15 Nov 06
yeah .. well, thanks for answering
• United States
15 Nov 06
Maybe not dicipline at that age, but conditioning works. Don't respond to his tempers, let him yell.