My DS is 11.5 months. He is starting to respond to us a lot more recently and even follow simple directions (like "let go", "no biting", "put it down" etc). But if he's doing something he really wants to do, it is really hard to distract him. I've tried just saying no in a firm voice but the cheeky little bugger just shakes his head at me or else ignores me completely.
At the moment he likes climbing on the coffee table and he's so good at it that it only takes him about 3 seconds to get up there so I have to watch him constantly. I usually try to distract him with a more appropriate activity but he immediately gets up and heads back to the coffee table. Do I just have to keep putting up with it until he gets over it/grows out of it? Or is there something else I should be doing when he does stuff he shouldn't? I know he's not deliberately being naughty but it is exhausting He also loves pulling all the DVDs/his books off the shelf and throwing his food which is annoying too because I'm sick of cleaning up after him constantly.
So how do you deal with unwanted behaviours in babies? Is he too young to understand or is there some secret I don't know about?