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When should our babies understand "No"? Wyatt loves finding the power cords (as much as I try and hide them- he WILL find them!) and he bites them. When I say "no", he just smiles. One time- he had the end in his mouth and I FREAKED out and I slapped the top of his hand and said "NO!!"..........he started laughing............
At this age, it's more redirection than you can imagine. Pick-up baby, move...repeat, repeat, repeat. I actually kept a pack-n-play up for this reason when Liam was mobile (he was slightly older). If I redirected him and managed to distract him, he wouldn't go right back. But sometimes he had a one-track mind, so we had a bunch of toys in the pack-n-play and I would pop him in there for a little play session and it usually helped him forget the coveted item (power cords are a big hit with all babies!). I always said something like "not for Liam" or "we don't touch that" or "uh-uh" while shaking my head (for all of them) so he was learning that me making that motion meant he shouldn't be doing that particular thing, but he was a solid 10-11 (he started crawling at 7.5 months) months before he started to respond to my head-shake. I just kept doing it and kept moving him around in the meantime. We still used containment devices (saucer, jumperoo, gates) so I didn't have to say it as often and he still could explore. But with things like cords, it's not really something you can avoid. I'd keep redirecting and sticking with a stable "command" (no, head shake, uh-uh...whatever floats your boat). He will get it in a month or two. Try to keep your sanity in the meantime. Sometimes I think early crawlers are more difficult, since they don't have the same emotional understanding as an older crawler, meaning they will get into more and understand you saying "no" less.