From the moment they're born, your baby will do things you don't love. It's easy to have more patience with a cute bay who can't help it if they projectile vomit on your new dress. But what about that toddler who won't stop throwing mac-n- cheese across the kitchen no matter how many times you tell them not to? If you've been looking for effective ways to help your little one correct undesirable behavior, you may be questioning when you can start putting your toddler in time-out, so you can start setting some boundaries.
If you've decided you would like to try time-outs for your toddler, clinical child psychologist Edward R. Christophersen told Parenting magazine that you can implement time-outs with effective results when your child is just 18 months old. The key is to keep the messages age appropriate and stay consistent so your little one can start to grasp the concept of time-out. The most important thing is that your toddler view this time as an opportunity to gather her thoughts and move on with your guidance and redirection. Seeing time-out as a punishment will start to diminish its effectiveness.
When you feel your child is ready to learn some skills for behavior through time-out, try these seven strategies to find what works for you and your child.