Helping Toddlers Understand Time with the Stoplight Golight Timer {Giveaway}

My four year old is by far one of the most stubborn people I know.  When he makes up his mind to do something, there is no stopping him.  I find it very difficult to get him dressed for school, to eat his dinner, to go to bed…well you see the point, pretty much everything with him can be a real challenge.  The Stoplight Golight has made our life so much easier.

The Stoplight Golight works like an ordinary timer but it is far from ordinary.  The light can be set from 1-15 hours or can be set from 0-59 minutes.   All you have to do is simply select the amount of time and start the countdown.  Once you hit start, the red light comes on.  When the time runs out the red light turns to green.  You can set the timer with or without an alarm but our son likes the alarm to go off just in case he is not looking directly at the Stoplight Golight.

He has always had trouble getting to sleep at night and someone usually has to lay down with him.  We recently starting setting the timer for a few minutes and extending it every night.  If he is still awake at green someone will lay down with him.  It has really helped him, because he knows that if he can wait till the green comes on someone will be there.  Our hopes are that he will eventually lay down without anyone and even without the timer.  Having the ability to turn off the alarm sound is great in this situation, because if he falls asleep the buzzer will not wake him up.

Not only do we use the Stoplight Golight at bed time we use it about 100 other times during the day including getting dressed, brushing teeth, getting out of the bathtub, for daddy to come home and many other tasks in our daily routine.  In addition to everything we use it for it can also be used for timeouts, reading, homework, and computer time.  The best part of the product is that your child can physically see the light go from red to green.

The timer is perfect for all ages, not only does it work wonders with my 4 year old, even my 1 year old knows that when the light turns green it is time to leave the house, get out the tub, and so on. I plan on sharing this information with my son’s teacher as I believe it would work well in the classroom as well.  The Stoplight Golight works on 4 AAA batteries or an AC adapter and is available for sale at Stoplight Golight for $29.95.

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This post is the opinion of Beth of Experimental Mommy.  While a product was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest.


  1. Wow! Cool concept, i wonder if it would help as a visual representation of time fof my 3 yr old.


    this would be perfect for my 20 month old niece. It will teach her when its nap, reading, quiet, or danc e time!

  3. Pam Flynn says:

    I would use this to teach my granddaughter when it is time to take a nap, when it is time to calm down, and when it is time to go to the poddy.

  4. debbie jackson says:

    It would great for my nephew for time outside and potty time debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  5. Katherine says:

    This is really neat, I would use it to monitor TV time

  6. christie kammerer says:

    when its time for the kids to get off the video game.

  7. danielle lima says:

    for homework and violin and guitar practice

  8. for snack time before bed and for personal discipline 🙂

  9. I would use it for my grandson with nap, bed time, discipline, and getting ready to leave the house.

  10. Bethany C. says:

    I would use this for my daughter’s playtime/ wind down time before bed.

  11. maybe as a homework timer or a timeout timer

  12. would use it for my grandkids with nap time

  13. Jessica B. says:

    I would use it as a time out timer if need be.

  14. I would use it for video game timer

  15. I would use it for computer/video game time and in our homeschool classroom.

  16. I have children that can’t wait to get up in the morning….sometimes they will get up at 2 or 4 a.m. and get dressed and start playing etc. I would use this to let them know when an acceptable time to get up was

  17. kelly thompson says:

    I would use this with bath time and teeth brushing etc…I was just thinking of using an hour glass but I think this will work much better!

  18. sharon cowles says:

    A perfect fun timer.. I could turn this one on for homework time… set the timer for the older ones… I don’t want to rush them but kinda make it into a game… I know how long homework should take and what tasks they can complete without goofing around..which seems to be the case sometimes.. this may help them finish in a more timely manner.. ( a little competition) so I can get the little ones homework completed…. …I’m trying to get supper ready in between shifts….LOL…. gotta love em

  19. This would come in handy for time outs and room cleaning time.

  20. I’d use it for “clean up time.” We pick up toys until the light changes and then we can take a break.

  21. clean up and bath time.

  22. Christine W. says:

    To show how long we have until it is time to leave for work and school.

  23. My kid has no sense of time (beyond “now” and “not now”). I’ve been wanting a timer with visual cues to help her understand.

  24. Jasmine Murray says:

    Hi, thank you for this opportunity. We sure could use this Spotlight Gllight Timer with my granddaughters. Even the 10 year old! It helps take the adult out of the time equation where the kid gets a handle on their emotions…we would love to have this tool in our home.

  25. Stephanie Larison says:

    Video game timer for the kids

  26. To time the kids TV watching.

  27. We’d use it for teeth brushing and homework!

  28. I would use this for rest time and time outs among other things.

  29. Paula Michele Hafner says:

    I would use it for chores and for getting ready to go to bed.

  30. Karen Gonyea says:

    Doing Chores and Wake-Up Routines 🙂

  31. We’d use this throughout our daily routine

  32. I would use it for time outs, nap time and for monitoring tv and electronics

  33. Rich Hicks says:

    would be great to use when they are playing video games or on the computer

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

  34. Jill Myrick says:

    I would use the Stoplight Golight for getting my children ready for school, naptime and timeouts.

  35. Brittney House says:

    for time outs

  36. I’d gift it to my brother so he can have it for his young daughter.

  37. I would definitely use this to curb my kids electronics time. I sometimes forget to tell them when their time is up (and they NEVER “remember” to stop!)

  38. time out time!

  39. April Brenay says:

    time out time for my 2 year old and 5 year old

  40. There are so many things we can use this for; when its time to get dressed in the morning, time out, time to come out of bath, time to go to sleep. Its such a great thing to have!

  41. I would use this in my classroom to show kids when they need to be wrapping up their work.


  42. kathy pease says:

    it would also be great for timing tooth brushing and games that have a timer limit like boggle

  43. Debra Hall says:

    i’d put it in my son’s room

  44. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    tv time and exercise time
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  45. amy deeter says:

    this will be good for timeouts

  46. Miz Vickik says:

    This would be great for monitoring homework time!

  47. How neat! I would use it for studying and tv time,

  48. I could use it to help my kids clean their room, time out, video game timer, and lots of stuff!

  49. Dawn Reid says:

    This would be great for monitoring homework

  50. Sarah Harding says:

    I’d use it for TV time,bath time,homework,outside play, and many other things.

  51. Coriander Warren says:

    I would use it for bedtimes, and most likely “time to go out for the bus” time

  52. Caitlin McClure says:

    Not really sure yet, but I know I’d use it a lot with my son as he grows

  53. mary renshaw says:

    I would use it as a time out or quiet time timer at first

    but I can see my older children wanting to use it too!!!!!!

    Time for reading or crafts or such!

  54. I would use it the morning with my son to help him get moving, he is very slow first thing in the morning!

  55. Kari Flores says:

    I would use it for time outs and for computer time (shared between 3 boys).

  56. susan smoaks says:

    we would use this for games and for chores too!

  57. mary reynolds says:

    I would actually give this to my son to use with his four girls 🙂

    thanks for the sweeps

  58. id use it at bedtime

  59. shanta spradlin says:

    I would use it for time outs for my children

  60. Charlene Shaver says:

    I would use it for chores for the kids 🙂

  61. Vikki Billings says:

    I would use it for room cleaning

  62. I would use it at bed time.

  63. Bedtimes!

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