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  • Possessiveness in Your Baby: Early Signs and What You Can Do About It

    Learn more about how possessiveness manifests in your child and how to keep your child safe from dangerous situations.
    by SmartParenting Staff .
  • Possessiveness begins when your child steadfastly holds on to a prized item.
    If he grabs a dangerous item (such as a knife) resist the impulse to snatch it out of his hand. Your baby will most likely protest, resulting in a tug-of-war, and one or both of you might get cut.

    Here’s what you can do:
    1. Grab and gently squeeze baby’s wrist with one hand to keep him from tightening his grip. (Try this maneuver by grabbing your own wrist and notice how wrist compression inhibits the fingers from closing.)

    2. Now say, “Give this to mommy,” and substitute an equally enticing but safe toy while removing the dangerous one.

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