My 10 month old hits in the face and it hurts. We tell him to stop and we also sign with him. I know he doesn't understand to put it all together just yet, but I want to re direct him and then encourage him once he does a behavior that is good. But how? What could I do? I am at a loss on how to re direct him b/c he usually does it when your in his face wanting to kiss him or play. He will also just keep swatting too. He doesn't do it all the time, but when he does it sure hurts. He started pouting and sticking out his bottom lip when I scolded him and would look away from me b/c he was ashamed. It was cute and sad all at the same time. My husband can't help but laugh. Which makes me mad and he then picks him up b/c he's getting ready to cry after I got on him. Umm no Daddy, we cannot do that! Mixed signals. I just don't want to say stop over and over. I want to find something to re direct him and encourage a positive behavior. Hoping that maybe he will pick up that positive behavior.
Thanks in advance and I hope I am not alone in this new battle of the wills with a ten month old.