I never thought part of being a new mom would include tricking and manipulating my little one, but it has come to that. Mazzy can be a cunning and sneaky baby, she will wait until we aren’t looking and pull something off the shelf or try and stealthily crawl by us and go for all the cords. So I had to change my tactics, repeating the word “no” is getting us nowhere. So I tried placing different objects (unbreakable things) on the edges of the coffee table and shelves…things like plastic cups, cheerios and toys. This way she thinks she is grabbing something she isn’t supposed to and she is happy when we don’t snatch it away! It is a win-win situation.