We have a 13 month old son who's pretty receptive of directions given to him. That's also partly because we don't have a lot of directions to give or "no"s to say in our own house. Anything that can be baby proofed is baby proofed. He's allowed to climb on the couch. He's allowed to drop things and watch them fall. (he only has access to safe, unbreakable things)
But others houses are not like that. He's recently started to get more and more comfortable at his aunt's house, which is in no way a "yes space" (safe space for kids where you don't have to keep saying no). We're worried that he's soon going to start climbing and opening drawers and dropping things. For his safety and their sanity, we'd like to know how we can manage it.
We can redirect him every time he starts to climb etc, but is there a way we can convey to him that the rules are different outside our house? (With reminders as needed, of course) Kind of like a blanket rule instead of constant redirections and "no"s, which he is not used to. What is the appropriate age for this?
Some examples of what his comprehension level is:
- our router and google home device are within his reach, so he kept grabbing them. We consistently told him he couldn't play with it and physically removed him every time if he didn't comply. One month of this and now he knows not to go there. Sometimes he's overcome by impulse but just needs a reminder. We don't have to physically remove him from there anymore.
- He used to drop food on the floor after he was done eating. Following a suggestion from this site, I redirected him to use the cup holder as the "i don't want this" space. A week or 2 of constant redirecting and reminding, he almost never throws food now. If he does throw once, he needs a reminder and doesn't throw again.