Correction of the Infant
Distraction, Removal, and Disapproval
Infants (birth to 12 months) typically do not need strong disciplinary measures. When babies “misbehave” they are often exploring their environment and testing their boundaries. Often, simply directing your baby’s attention elsewhere may solve the problem.
With the ability to crawl at about 9 months, babies are more likely to “get into trouble.” Repeatedly removing him from the forbidden setting is how you teach your baby not to go there. This can be accompanied by an expression of disapproval, both verbal by saying “uah, uah,” and nonverbal with a disappointed look on your face.
Never should a parent use physical punishment (spanking) with an infant.