Yuck-o

LO likes to put things in her mouth. Lots of things. Things that usually don’t belong there, like crayons, day-old Cheerios, the dog’s chew bone (apparently rawhide feels good for a teething baby – ewww)…

We have a word for these items in our house – yuck-o. Yuck-o means the item you are currently holding needs to be given to mommy. We only say it for things she shouldn’t eat.

LO understands the word pretty well now. To teach her what the word meant, every time I said “yuck-o”, I would hold out my hand and take the item away, always following up with something extra, praise or a distraction. Now whenever I say it, she’ll hand whatever it is over. It’s pretty great to see her learning, and even a silly word like that can be useful.

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