How early should I begin implementing the time out rule? My daughter is 15 mon.

Kristin - posted on 03/08/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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How early should I begin implementing the time out rule? My daughter is 15 months. Also, what kind of behaviour at this age would result in a time out?

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Tanith - posted on 03/08/2009

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Not iltt they are 2. ALtho Mine is 22 months and I introduced a quiet spot in the same room just a chcair slightly to the side so she is not completely isolated but still is not allowed to join in activities. I dont go for more than a minute - I set the oven timer and she knows when it beeps she is allowed up

Evelyn - posted on 03/08/2009

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I can't remember when we started using time-outs with my son. He was very "terrible" starting at about 18 months, so we have used it pretty frequently. He has a special pillow that he has to sit on whenever he does something we think he should know not to. It started with hitting and biting (thank goodness he's mostly through that stage!), but now it's for talking back, throwing things, etc.



Whatever you decide should be the rules--and you have to choose your battles when they are so young--you should tell them firmly once or twice if they break them, before you resort to time-outs. Then you only have to remove the child from the situation briefly so they get the message. I've heard it's supposed to be 1 minute for each year of your child's age. We usually just go long enough for him to calm down/stop crying and is ready to apologize.



Good luck! Hang in there. :)

Esther - posted on 03/08/2009

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My (only) son is 14 months old so I'm hardly an expert and I was wondering the same thing. I read a book by Jo Frost (supernanny - can't help but love her) and she says it's not a useful tool until they are about 2 years old.

Chastity - posted on 03/08/2009

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When my daughter was 14 months we started timeouts.  She is 17 months now.  She has a stool called her "no no chair"  Basically, we sit her on it, look her in the eye and calmy tell her what we would like her to do.  i.e. "talk nice"(screaming)   "touch nice" (hitting).  She sits long enough for us to get her attention (about 30 sec. hehe).  SHe will (sometimes) say she is sorry.  It seems to help.

Jessica - posted on 03/08/2009

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My daughter is 15 months old too! and we have started timeouts now as she is very advanced and knows what she does and whats wrong for the most part. she hits sometimes which i dont usually do timeouts for and we count 1....2.....3....but that 123 method doesnt work at this age as if i say 1 she says 2 and 3. but timeouts work. i usually set her on the couch and she screams then gets down and gives me a kiss and trys to say sorry. timeouts should be started now or they think they get away with everythin

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