How do u moms keep your toddler from putting everything in their mouth?

@kemak28 (738)
United States
September 17, 2012 5:33pm CST
My daughter is 16 months old and still is putting everything in her mouth from dirt, sand, sticks, crayons, everything. Its like she's got to take a bite out of everything! I give her teethers but that doesnt seem to help. Do you just keep telling them no? It seems like the more I say no the more she does it! :)
5 responses
@ShyBear88 (16865)
• United States
17 Sep 12
I tell my daughter no and when she doesn't listen I let her taste it to show her it doesn't taste good. I also tell her it's icky and if she does it more the ones then I go to the next step which is removing it from her or her from it. Little toddlers love to put things in there month. My 19 month old still doesn't this from time to time. I just keep telling her no and also some times put her time out if she doesn't listen.
@kemak28 (738)
• United States
17 Sep 12
How do you do timeouts ?
@ShyBear88 (16865)
• United States
19 Sep 12
Easy I put her in a chair and tell her to sit there for a minute. Normally she'll start crying but it gets the point across that she can't do that. I almost never had to put her in timeout.
@kemak28 (738)
• United States
24 Sep 12
I don't know know how I could get her to sit still in a chair, she rarely holds still at this age.
@kris3rdE (156)
• Philippines
20 Sep 12
Hi kemak! My youngest is 15 months and like your daughter he like to put things inside his mouth. And just like you I say no to him and remove the object from his mouth. But there are times that I can't stop him. What I do is i give him clean cloth that he can bite or biscuits.
@kemak28 (738)
• United States
24 Sep 12
I give mine biscuits too and teething rings from the freezer. I guess I just need to be patient and let her get through this stage.
@mae_ais (105)
• Philippines
24 Sep 12
hello.. according to studies saying NO often to a kid/baby gives a negative effect on them..what i did w/ my kids was i bought different kinds of teethers and toys w/ diff.colors.. once they are fed up w/ the one they have, i give them another one.. i change their toys every week because as we all know that kids/babies loss interest on something easily.. =)
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
24 Sep 12
There are so many things that my children would put in their mouths when they were small that I know that they didn't need to be putting in their mouths. I do realize that the reason that they were doing this is because of the fact that the world was new to them and they were trying to explore things using every sense that they have. Most of the time what I would do to get them to quit putting something in their mouth was to take it away from them and put it somewhere that was out of their reach.
@varier (5699)
• Indonesia
18 Sep 12
Yep, we just keep watching and telling them, so they wouldn't swallow anything strange. Hey, it's 16 months old baby after all At some point on the future, she would definitely understand, I believe. And in my case, I tend to give her a food if she starts to put something on her mouth. Because it's okay to put food in your mouth.