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what form of discipline should be used for a 9 month old? right now i tell him no and redirect him. well now he thinks its funny and goes right back to whatever it was he was not supposed to be in. is it too early to do some form of time out? he likes to play with the dog door, and has made it out it once already. after i tell him 2 or 3 times no, and he keeps doing it, can i put him in his crib for 1 minute?

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:51 PM on Aug. 31, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Jeeze.
    He's 9 months old, he doesn't need dicipline, just keep re-directing.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:52 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • Put something in front of the door or give him a toy he can entertain himself with.

    Answer by cynprz at 3:55 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • Thats fine to do. But at 9 months you shouldn't be disciplining him. Discipline is supposed to be about teaching your children right from wrong not punishing.

    Answer by sopheeahsmommy at 3:55 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • 9 month olds need dicipline just as much as a 10 year old, you just have to modify how you dicipline them. 1 minute in time out would probably be fine, but I wouldn't use the crib, he'll start to see it as a bad thing and not want to anything to do with it. they have little time out chairs you can use for just that purpose and it says time out on it. i know my sister started with just sending my niece to her room when she got in trouble but then she would start playing with toys and it eventually worked its way up to a time out. but try what ever you can and just sure that you explain why he's in trouble after he's done his punishment that way he can start to understand why it's wrong.

    Answer by Jessie1689 at 3:57 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • With our DD at that age she would try to unplug the AC (there is no way of safely covering it). So after a while it was the same thing, she thought it was funny, so we started doing "time out." Only, for her it was we put her in her chair and "talked" to her. I told her that it was dangerous and she couldn't touch, it was an owey. Every time she did it, we picked her up and put her in her chair and told her it was an owey. Finally she got sick of us picking her up and putting her in her chair, so she stopped! LOL

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:58 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • i would do a short time out with him, this way he learns early on about consequences....

    Answer by Dazey18 at 3:59 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • He's 9 months old. You don't discipline him. He's a baby. Block his path and redirect.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:40 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • My 11m old was doing the same thing then; keep doing what you're doing - firmly saying "No! No!" and redirecting - and he'll probably catch on. If you can, block any "temptations" when he's crawling around!

    Answer by mevxoxo at 4:48 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • Keep redirecting. Nine month olds don't comprehend discipline.

    Answer by gdiamante at 9:06 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

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