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what Age is ok to start Time-outs?

My DS is now 7months old and is starting to throw temper tantrums. I was wondering if anyone had any advice on handling this and was wondering if he is too young to have time-outs.

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Asked by MomCakes at 1:47 PM on Mar. 11, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Yeah-too young. Somewhere between 12-18months. and at that, I would say closer to 18 months. They have to be able to comprehend what they've done wrong.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:50 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • We started modified time outs when they could move...6 months. By the time they were a year, they had a clue what it meant.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 2:00 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • I don't think that's too young at all. Isolation is how they learn, I think it would be easier on you to start now, rather than let him develop bad habits you'll have to break later.

    Start by scolding "No!" or something like that, and then the next time he does it pick him up and put him in his crib, probably only a minute or two will get the point across. When you take him out tell him that temper tantrums are not allowed. He might not understand your words, but he'll understand your tone.

    Answer by julipickle2 at 2:02 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • Anon (and OP) they'll comprehend what they've done wrong once they realize that every time they do it (temper tantrums, etc.) they end up in their crib. That's the whole point.

    Answer by julipickle2 at 2:04 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • "Warning, spanking, and threatening infants are not only ineffective as ways to discipline them, they're counterproductive. The only way to discipline a baby is to protect him from his natural curiosity and lack of judgment.
    This is known as environmental control. If you don't want your baby to stick his fingers in the electrical outlets, you'll have to put safety caps on those outlets. ... Your baby has absolutely no way of knowing how dangerous something might be. In fact, the very concept of danger is too abstract for him to understand. All he knows is that these, like so many other things, look attractive and he wants to explore them.
    That also means that your baby never does things because he's out to get you. Willful disobedience is also too abstract and complex for him to understand. Whenever you think your baby is being spiteful, look for another reason to explain his behavior"

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:32 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • IMO, I would wait to two for the time outs but it's not to early to be telling them no and showing them from right and wrong.


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:06 AM on Mar. 14, 2009

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