How do you use timeout on a 19month old?


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Liz - posted on 03/17/2013




Honestly I think 2 years old is the youngest age I would use an actual time out. I don't think a 19 month old is going to understand what's going on. Instead I would just redirect and distract etc.

Elfrieda - posted on 03/17/2013




I think timeout for 19 months old would look like taking him away from the situation for a few minutes (with you beside him) until he can handle himself a little better. To have him sit by himself is a lot to expect, and I don't think it will teach him anything good.

Then again, take my time-out advice with a grain of salt. I tried timeouts and they really don't work for me and my son. (he cries and feels way worse than I think the misdeed deserves, and I felt very bound by the timer and didn't like feeling like I wasn't in charge) I occasionally have him sit on a chair after he misbehaves when I can't deal with him immediately, but that's not exactly a punishment, he just has to wait there while I finish changing the baby's diaper, etc, and then I address him. He's three, and timeouts still don't make sense to me, so maybe I just won't get to the age where it will work for us.

Amy - posted on 03/17/2013




I wouldn't do time out for a 19 month old, I would just keep using redirection and constant reminding. But also giving them a safe environment to explore, play, and climb in.

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