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When should I stop trying to distract my child and instead start saying "no?"
3 doctors weighed in

Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine
In brief: Now
It is never to early to teach them what te word no means.

In brief: Now
It is never to early to teach them what te word no means.
Dr. Diane Minich
Dr. Diane Minich
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
In brief: Learned behaviors
Typically start at 6 mos.
, the time to baby-proof your house. Remove a 6-9 mo. Old from harm, saying "no" as you pick him up from behind & re-direct him. Always pair "no" with a consequence; e.g., remove a spoon thrown by a 9-11-mo.-old while saying , "no throwing." 18-mo.-olds can understand time-out. Tell your child what behavior you want calmly but firmly, in a low voice, at his eye level.

In brief: Learned behaviors
Typically start at 6 mos.
, the time to baby-proof your house. Remove a 6-9 mo. Old from harm, saying "no" as you pick him up from behind & re-direct him. Always pair "no" with a consequence; e.g., remove a spoon thrown by a 9-11-mo.-old while saying , "no throwing." 18-mo.-olds can understand time-out. Tell your child what behavior you want calmly but firmly, in a low voice, at his eye level.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics
In brief: Around 12-15 months
A lot depends on when your child starts to comprehend and interact versus just swatting at things.
When they start to seek your approval and interaction, then a quick, firm no and a removal of your attention for a brief period can start behavior modification, and stop children from some behaviors like hitting and biting. A child who is too young to understand won't make the connection.

In brief: Around 12-15 months
A lot depends on when your child starts to comprehend and interact versus just swatting at things.
When they start to seek your approval and interaction, then a quick, firm no and a removal of your attention for a brief period can start behavior modification, and stop children from some behaviors like hitting and biting. A child who is too young to understand won't make the connection.
Dr. Michael Amster
Dr. Michael Amster
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