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Time Out Pad - Blue

4.2 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews

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  • Simple to use pressure pad with built in timer helps parents monitor time outs
  • Adjustable timer from 1-to-5 minutes
  • Visual countdown and audio function
  • Includes free positive parenting guide
  • Suitable for children 2 years and up
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The Time Out Pad is a pressure sensitive pad with a built in timer that helps parents monitor time outs. This simply works by adjusting the timer for one to five minutes and by pressing the start button. Its countdown will start when the child sits on the Time Out Pad and if the child stands up before the countdown has ended, an alarm sounds until they sit back down. This features red, yellow, and green lights that provide a visual countdown signaling the last 30 seconds of the time out. The Time Out Pad comes with a positive parenting guide including 5 steps to successful time outs. It requires two AA batteries which are not included.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 12.5 x 18.2 x 1.2 inches
Item Weight 8 ounces
Shipping Weight 15.2 ounces
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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ASIN B001IMG5WG
Item model number HD015
Manufacturer recommended age 24 months and up
Batteries 2 AA batteries required.
Best Sellers Rank #386,776 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#1,563 in Toys & Games > Preschool > Toddler Toys > Learning
#2,199 in Toys & Games > Learning & Education > Basic & Life Skills Toys
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4.2 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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When I first saw this item honestly I laughed however a week later I ended up purchasing it. As a mother of four very young children I have a tendency of putting children in time out but getting distracted by life. As a result two things happen: One my toddler will sneak out and I don't realize it till much later or Two they end up in time way too long. This pad solved both problems, it alerts me if my toddler tries to escape and it sings a fun song when time out is over so that I can talk with my children.

One piece of advice thought. Your child may find this fun at first, mine did, therefore I made sure to explain what it was for and did not allow them to play with it. The novelty of it when it first arrived soon dissipated and they now do not want to be on the time out pad.
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By CoF on December 22, 2009
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He gets off and on it, really trying to prod us to react to the alarm when he gets off, but my goal with time-outs is to get him to calm down and stop the previous behaviour so it works well for that. You can move it from 1 to 5 minutes with a coin to turn the dial, so the child can't really change it. He also occasionally tries to move it around. When we first got it he would turn it on for fun, and one bonus is if no weight sits on it after it's been started it will just give a little tune and turn back off after a minute or so without the annoying alarm going off.
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This time out pad is perfect for a toddler who has no concept of time. This pad provides visual and auditory signals. It is also really great for ADHD kiddos.
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I bought this hoping to make time outs easier. We have a 5 year old who rarely makes it to time out - typically the first warning is sufficient for him. This pad works perfectly for him. He sits there quietly and watches for the lights. He learned very quickly that he couldn't scoot off and play around even for a second because I would know even if I had stepped around the corner to change a diaper! For him, this pad works perfectly. Our 3 year old is a handful. I had hoped this would make the biggest difference for him because it's hard to enforce time out when he will run away from the corner. We have a 13 month old, so I can't leave her to chase him and put him back in time out a la Supery Nanny for hours on end. For him, this was amusing. He tested to see how many times he could get off the pad before the pad "gave up." He got that it wouldn't, but he also picked up on the fact that the time doesn't START OVER. The timer will PAUSE until he sits back down, whereas I always start the timer over and make him sit the full 3 minutes if he gets up. I wish this pad had that option. He could sit for 10 seconds at a time, with me still putting him back on the pad. I will say that he does like the little tune at the end and now that we've had it a few days, he's treating it less like a toy and more like the consequence it is supposed to be.
From a disciplinary standpoint, I give it 4 stars for the lack of option to re-start the timer versus pausing the timer. 3 minutes to sit doesn't seem like anything when you have to chase the kid around the house a few times and it winds up dragging out over 20 minutes.

From a technical standpoint, I give it 3 stars. The pad is TINY.
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Parent of a 6 and 2 year old. Both were excited to see this and actually want to sit on it. When you place your child in 'time out' the unit keeps time while they are sitting and alarms if they get up. They get a reward song when they complete 'time out.' So from that standpoint this is a good product. The kids actually look forward to the reward of the song and our praise for staying on the mat.
It is battery operated, so I am expecting some annoyance when I have to replace batteries, but probably an A/C adapter would not be the safest alternative.

Our 2 year old sits on the mat and "serves" his 2 minute time-out so far every time without a problem.

Here are my issues with the product that keep me from giving it a 5 star rating:
Time outs are supposed to be given to children 2 or older, and given 1 minute per age (for example, a 3 year old should time out for 3 minutes), but the timer on this product ranges from 1 minute to 5 minutes. You should not give a 1 year old a timeout, so the timer should start at 2 minutes and probably go as high as 10.

The other issue is changing the time requires a coin or screwdriver. Maybe they did this to keep the child from lowering the time, but it would seem to me they could make it so once the time starts it cannot be changed by the child, but still make the switch easier to operate.

Overall I really like the product and it has worked wonders compared to trying to make them 'time out' without it. They really like the feedback it gives (visual and audible). And I really like that it stops counting when they stand up.
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I raved about this time out pad when I first got it. We have several toddlers in the house and this was a great disciplining tool. One minute per year of age is a good amount of time for a kid to reflect. I loved it the first time the green light and accompanying sound went off and he cheered. He also knows that as soon as he comes out of time out, he's to acknowledge why he was there and to apologize to the appropriate party.

If I wrote this review during the first few weeks, I would have given it 5 stars. Ironically, the entire household was sad when this broken, kids included.

PROS

- Was excellent at managing a child's expectations. They understood how long they have to sit there and the lights help show progress.

- Nice police work! The sound tells us when they get up off it.

- Prior to this, it was pretty easy to "approximate" how much time went by before letting them out of time out. It wasn't always handy to have a timer near us. Now we can just send them to time out and they push a button.

CONS

- Wish it was easier to change durations. You need a coin to switch from minute to minute. Since we have multiple aged toddlers, instead of changing it to 4 minutes for my 4 yo to 2 minutes to my 2 yo, they both have 3 minute time outs.

- It broke after several weeks of use.

OVERALL

- This was awesome when it worked. However, the fact that it doesn't work at all now makes it useless to me. Sadly have to give it 1 star due to such poor durability.
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