Hi everyone, I'm just a lurker, but maybe you can help me.
My 17 month old DS has started becoming kind of violent when he's mad. If he gets mad at his toys because they won't do what he wants he'll cry and head butt the floor repeatedly. If I tell him no for any reason, he will hit me repeatedly. I tell him "no hitting" and will set him down away from me and he will headbutt the floor in frustration. One time, I was on my phone and I guess he wanted attention, he came up and slapped me across the face. Took me totally by surprise and I smacked his arm, which is so not the reaction I want to have! He pouted his lip and hit me again, at which point I said "no hitting" and walked away from him.
It just seems to be getting worse! Not better. He's not very verbal, so if he wants something, he'll just hold his hand out and i have to guess. If i get it wrong, he will take whatever i give him and throw it at me. I try asking him to "show me nice" and he will give me a hug or stroke my arm after he calms down, but what can I do in the moment? My mother thinks he's old enough for time outs. Is that an option that you think will help? We have a new baby coming in April too, I would like him not to hit the baby if he gets jealous of the baby or while I'm breastfeeding.