I read a post below about "no", but I wanted to start a separate thread because my story is quite different. I am worried about how much dd has been hearing "No" lately. DH pointed out that it's primarily because we haven't done a good enough job at babyproofing yet. I just hate always saying "No", but she's always finding things she shouldn't play with. She's 7.5 months, and has been crawling for about a month. I want to let her explore, but I guess our place just isn't ready. We have a safety gate, but I don't want to use it, because I feel like that'd be fencing her in. I'm with her 95% of the time. One thing she constantly gets is paper. She loves paper of any kind. However, she chews on it, rips it, gets bits in her mouth, and I'm afraid of the dyes, and choking on it. The other thing lately is dust bunnies. I really need to vacuum!
I've had to pry her mouth open to get stuff out of her mouth, and I don't like doing that, but what can I do? Sometimes I don't even know what she's got. She's still putting everything she finds in her mouth. How long does that stage usually last?
I read somewhere on these boards about a family that had a their place so proofed that their child could go anywhere. I'd like to be that, so dd isn't anyways hearing "no". How can I do it?