Posted in Behavior, Babies

Is 8 months too young for timeout???

I am obviously kidding and know my baby can't go I to timeout, but she is beginning to throw some serious tantrums when she doesn't get her way. Anyone else have the same experience? Advice?

  • A
    Jan 09

    Oh my goodness. I was just dealing with this with my almost 1 yr old yesterday. He took a nap and after I feed him he tried to grab something off the nightstand. So I pulled him away and he looks at me and screams bloody murder and turned beat red and wouldn’t stop. I tried to talk to him and calm him down then he insisted on kicking his feet so at this point I put him back in his crib and he crashed back out within minutes..... I guess I kind of looked at that as a time out but what else can you do when a child works then self up to this extreme point.....hang in there ma

  • Amanda
    Jan 09

    It's actually not to young for a time out depending on what time out means to you. When my son was about that age we started 3 minute time outs in his crib. No blankets. No toys. We found when he was throwing tantrums he was over stimulated. He would scream for the 3 minutes then when we picked him up we would handle the issue and he would be done crying. It stopped him hitting and even now at age 2 he will put himself into a 5 min time out when he is feeling overwhelmed to calm down. Don't get me wrong some days we have to put him in time out but the older he gets the better he has been getting about expressing emotions with words and telling us when it's too much

  • Kristen
    Jan 10

    How can you tell when it’s overstimulation

  • Andrea
    Jan 10

    So my 10 month old throws tantrums if i take something away that’s he can’t have. I just say “sorry sweetie, but that’s not safe. Here, this is a better toy for you to have” and then give him a safe item. I think acknowledging their emotion, but then immediately moving on to the next thing is a healthy way to teach them that its okay to feel upset but a tantrum isn’t going to change anything. Don’t react to the tantrum... cause then they will do it more often to get your attention more. At this age If you just distract them, or change things up they usually move on. They don’t have the attention span to do otherwise.

  • Angie
    Monday

    Yes

  • Angie
    Monday

    2.5 years old is good to start

  • T
    Yesterday

    Time out/in should be limited to 1 minute per year age of child. 2 year olds = 2 minutes. At the age of your child, redirection goes a very long way. Redirect and distract early. At 8 months, they do not have the developmental capability to understand time outs. Now, if you feel overwhelmed and angry, please put your baby in a safe place and you take a time out in a different room until you are calm and hopefully, that’s not equal to the number of your years. ;)

  • T
    Yesterday

    Also, they do get overstimulated at any age and taking a break to quiet time for both of you works very well.