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Is there hope keeping my 18 month old off the couch

sooo he can climb the couches. we've been doing time outs, which work after a few time outs but the next night its the same thing all over again. we tried letting him SIT on the couch and prasiing him for sitting nice and we remind him not to stand and everything.
any other suggestions, advice?

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ElsaSalsaaa

Asked by ElsaSalsaaa at 9:53 PM on Mar. 13, 2011 in General Parenting

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  • Let him climb on the couch. Sorry, but do you have a house you wanna live in and enjoy or one you want to look nice? Priorities!!
    judimary

    Answer by judimary at 10:06 PM on Mar. 13, 2011

  • Let him climb or get him his own little things to climb on, little slide or bean bag chair big pillows etc.. good luck!
    JenzAmomOf2

    Answer by JenzAmomOf2 at 10:12 PM on Mar. 13, 2011

  • Wow, a time out at 18 months for climbing on the couch? That's just not right. It's a perfectly normal thing for a child that age to climb onto the furniture - you do not punish a child for doing something normal. You let him climb, but also teach him that furniture is for sitting, and we do not climb onto things like tables. But you do not put a baby in time out, much less for doing something like that. Poor kiddo.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:21 PM on Mar. 13, 2011

  • well when my dd learned to climb up on couches she just turned 1. she fell off a couple times and she still stands up a lot but you have to realize one thing, kids cannot learn if they arent taught. Some times it takes repetition and sometimes it takes doing it themselves but eventually they will realize. Just keep telling them to sit or they will get a boo boo. Read them the story about the 5 little monkeys and give it time
    SabrenaLeigh

    Answer by SabrenaLeigh at 10:23 PM on Mar. 13, 2011

  • oh and to anon. at 18 months a TODDLER knows when a mother says yes or no and time outs are perfectly acceptable. Her rules are her own and shouldnt be shunned because she doesnt want her child climbing on the couch.
    SabrenaLeigh

    Answer by SabrenaLeigh at 10:25 PM on Mar. 13, 2011

  • What's wrong with your 18 mo old clmbing on the couch? He sees you sit on it, why can't have have the same right? If the problem is that he is jumping or standing on it, then you correct his behavior with positive re-inforcement. When you see him sitting properly (even for a few seconds) then you say "Wow! I am SO PROUD of you! Sitting on the couch like a big boy!"

    If you see him jumping, standing, or walking on the couch, then you model the proper behavior and say "The couch is for sitting. The floor is for standing, walking, or jumping."

    Maybe even give him a sticker chart for all the times he does the right thing, and when he gets a certain number of stickers (example 5 stickers) then he gets a special treat (like a piggy back ride, or snugging time with mommy at naptime, or to watch a favorite tv show or movie (if they have one).

    Positive reinforcement!
    texassahm

    Answer by texassahm at 11:09 PM on Mar. 13, 2011

  • choose your battles...you haven't seen the half of what destruction a toddler can do...
    sweetphoenix529

    Answer by sweetphoenix529 at 12:04 AM on Mar. 14, 2011

  • Kids that age need to climb something...if not the couch then you provide something to help build the motorskills and get the energy out. I didn't let my son climb the couch but I did take all the cushions and pile them on to the floor to climb. This was a great age for a mommy and me gym class which allowed him to proactively do all that climbing in a safe, learning environment and get some social intereaction with his own age.
    hotelmom123

    Answer by hotelmom123 at 11:39 AM on Mar. 14, 2011

  • who says i haven't seen what destruction a toddler can do?? sorry i dont get your point.
    i dont want him climbing on the couch because he falls off, and he tries to touch the lamps. i cant move the lamps because it isn't my house.
    ElsaSalsaaa

    Comment by ElsaSalsaaa (original poster) at 3:44 PM on Mar. 14, 2011

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