Discipline & Safety for Babies and Toddlers
When babies and toddlers are starting to get into things, they may get into something you dont want them to have. Since everything goes into their mouths, its time to think about safety.
One way to guide your child is to "baby-proof" your home. This prevents babies and toddlers from hurting themselves or breaking things. Children need to explore, so it makes sense to baby-proof rather than following them around saying "no" all the time.
Another form of child guidance is to re-direct. This means moving children away from hazards, such as electrical cords, to a safer area. You can re-direct by substituting something else for your child to play with, then removing the object that you dont want him to have.
Dont slap your babys hands or yell. She cant control her behavior yet. If you spank now, she will learn it is okay to hit. Its up to you to keep her out of danger, not punish for getting into it.
Dont be surprised if your little one gets carried away dropping things on the floor. He is experimenting, watching to see where things go when they fall. He doesnt do it just to make you pick things up---although that may become part of the fun.
If mealtime gets too messy with food being thrown on the floor---take the food away. Your child probably isnt hungry any more if she is playing. Put an old shower curtain or newspapers under the high chair to make clean-up easier.
Reference: GH 6119 "Positive Discipline and Child Guidance" University of Missouri Extension