You love to accessorize, which is why you won't leave the house without a statement necklace or pair of earrings to perfectly pull your outfit together. Unfortunately, your baby may share your love for big, bold jewelry and may be doing everything he can to get a closer look at what you're wearing. If you're tired of your baby playing tug of war with your earrings and necklaces, you probably want to know how to get your baby to stop pulling your jewelry.
As Parents mentioned, babies begin to develop their pincer grasp somewhere between 10 and 12 months. Once they figure out that their thumb and forefingers can grab and hold on to things, they're going to want to get a lot of practice, which means that everything — including your hair and shiny jewelry — is fair game. Even though it may make you want to scream when your baby gets your earrings in her grip, she isn't purposely trying to hurt you. In fact, all of that practice is helping her prepare for some important milestones like feeding herself and writing, as Baby Center mentioned.
Eventually, your baby will move on to other things and forget all about your earrings. In the meantime, however, there are things you can do to discourage your baby from making your jewels the target of that developing grip. Offering a calm but firm "no" and consistently removing his hand can send baby the message that his grabbing is not ok. If you'd rather not deal with discipline, however, you can always trade in your large, colorful pieces for items that are smaller and more understated.
1. Be Consistent
If you want to let your baby know that pulling on your jewelry is not ok, you need to let her know every time she does it. According to What to Expect, it's important to send a consistent message each time your baby tugs at your jewels. Offer a gentle but firm "no" whenever she pulls.
2. Stay Calm
He may be tugging on your favorite necklace, but do your best to keep your cool. Remember, your baby isn't trying to hurt you or ruin your jewelry on purpose. By getting upset or raising your voice, you may be setting yourself up for a game you don't want to play. Try not to overreact, as Parenting suggested.
3. Create A Diversion
Babies don't have the longest attention span, and as a result, they are easily distracted. According to Babies Online, you can give baby a favorite toy or blanket to distract her. If she gets a glimpse of her favorite lovie, she may forget all about your hoops.
4. Give Him A Hand
Not only will you have to tell your baby that pulling your jewels aren't cool, you're going to have to show him. As What To Expect noted, you'll need to consistently follow up on your verbal warnings by removing his hands from your earrings.
5. Change Your Style
You don't have to stop wearing jewelry all together, but you may have to trade in your long, dangling earrings for something smaller, as Babies Online mentioned. Opt for studs or smaller hoops and necklaces that are more understated to keep baby from getting the urge to pull.