How to Deal With a 15-Month-Old's Bad Behavior

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Right around 15 months, your baby will start to discover a world of their own. Deal with a 15-month-old's bad behavior with help from an experienced parenting expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Christina and this is how to deal with a 15-month-old's bad behavior. Right around 15 months, your baby will start to discover a world of their own. The best tips are being consistent and making sure all their needs are met. Sometimes they're bad behavior is because their needs aren't met. Babies often go through unexpected growth spurts, so having healthy snacks on hand can really help with the situation. Also, if they had a really busy day the day before, being tired is a pretty good excuse when your baby for being grouchy. It can be a good idea to try and lay them down and see if that helps. If you've made sure that all of their needs are met and you're consistently have a behavioral problem, this is also pretty normal. Some good ways that help get a hold of it is to sit down on the floor and pay attention to them. Play with them, interact with them and use those opportunities as you're playing to train their behavior. As you're playing with them, if they steal toys, throw things or generally display a bad attitude, you can deal with that as it arises. Instead of if you're busy doing something, then, come in deal with once the behavior has escalated. At 15 months old, your baby is able to start connecting consequences with actions. So, if they're misbehaving with a toy, taking that toy away, letting them know that they were naughty and they can't play with the toy anymore or until they calm down is a good way to handle that. Or, if they are being unkind to another person, removing them from the play situation and telling them they can't play with that person because they were not gentle or unkind and so, to sit down and play with them until they calm down or just keep them removed, letting them know that they're not allowed to play with them anymore until they calm down. Another tip is to get in the habit yourself because the way you handle your child is not only treating them, it's also treating yourself in habits. So, while it might not be old enough to completely connect time out, having a time out chair for when they misbehave is a great way to introduce them to the concept of, "If you can't behave in the situation you're in, you will be removed from it." These are just a few great tips, but you're the expert on your child and what motivates them in their behavior. Thanks for watching.

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