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My 6.5 month dd is starting to get really physical with me, and regularly pulls hair, kicks, hits, grabs and scratches until it really hurts. I know she's not intending harm, but it's a struggle for me to stay calm & cheerful after hours of tiny fists pounding my chest. She's not upset or angry, just exploring her physicality (I think).<br><br>
Is she old enough to somehow talk her down? How do I gently keep her from hurting me (and, occasionally, others)? I feel like I should start now before she makes it a habit, but I don't know what to do.
 

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I tell my LO when she's hurting mommy. I help her be gentle with the pets and I help her be gentle with me! I tell her when she's hurting me, and I also tell her when she does things that I like. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Is that what you were asking?
 

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when my baby scratches, hits, grabs, pulls hair or otherwise hurts me, i usually (involuntarily) let out a sudden loud yelp of pain "OW!!" it usually startles her enough to stop what she is doing, then i can tell her in a more gentle way "that hurts mama"<br><br>
if that doesn't work, and it is something that she is doing repeatedly, i sit her down on the floor and walk away. which usually results in her screaming bloody murder -- which i can generally stand for oh, about 30 seconds. then i pick her back up and try to get her distracted or involved in doing something else.
 

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I can commiserate - that was not my favorite phase. It will pass though. It will take many times, but everytime she does it, hold her hand in yours and ask her to use gentle touches while looking her in the eyes. You can rub her face with your hand and say gentle so she knows what that means.
 

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I am also in that phase. My hair is (thankfully) always up, but in the mornings I have some loose strands. OUCH!<br>
I just say ouch and get his hands away from where he is hurting me. He also likes to grab the sleeve of my top if I am changing him. I cannot move that arm so now I roll up my sleeve everytime I change him. Just remove his hands gently!
 
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