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Old 10-18-2013, 02:35 PM
 
Location: VA soon to be NC
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So we introduced a new bed to our 2yr old and he doesnt seem to want to sleep. He will get up several time during the night calling for us. Sometime he turns on the light and tries to open the door. (we have one of the kid proof handles) . Anyway our strategy is to ignore this but we just wonder how long this will go.
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:56 PM
 
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I'm confused, you have a kid proof handle on in the inside?
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:01 PM
 
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Before introducing him to a new bed, maybe you should get him ready for the change. Tell him, "You're a big boy and its time to sleep in a big boy bed". My toddler has been waking up in the middle of the night lately, finally last night she told me she wanted to sleep on the other side of the bed. We let her, and she didn't wake up. Try another position in the bed along with any stuffed animals or blanky he may like. Check under the bed and in the closets for monsters, and tell the monsters they better go home and not bother him while he's sleeping. Sounds crazy, but it worked for my daughter. I've even pretended to give the monsters spankings before bed so they would go home and leave her alone. Never hurts to try.
Good luck!
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Old 10-18-2013, 04:13 PM
 
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I had that problem with my oldest. She couldn't get out of the crib, but she loved that she could roam with the big kid bed.

We finally pushed her bedtime back a little - she didn't need as much sleep as I thought she did. I also regularly (once or twice a week) swept the room for monsters and sprayed special Monster repellent (water in a squirt bottle) on all the walls and doors. And we consistently returned her to bed every single time.

Are you sure the kid-proof handle is a good idea in case of fire?
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Old 10-18-2013, 04:20 PM
 
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Are you sure the kid-proof handle is a good idea in case of fire?
I can't believe it ever could be considered safe. I'd much rather parents with roaming toddlers place baby gates at their open doors. It would be interesting to hear a fire marshall's take on it.
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Old 10-18-2013, 04:52 PM
 
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Why You Shouldn't use a Child Proof Door Knob on the Interior of the Door
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Old 10-18-2013, 05:19 PM
 
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I can't believe it ever could be considered safe. I'd much rather parents with roaming toddlers place baby gates at their open doors. It would be interesting to hear a fire marshall's take on it.

A child-proof handle is better than the kid roaming unsupervised in the middle of the night! Ad a baby gate they can just climb right over. My ds figured that out---he just stacked stuff until he could climb over!

Personally, I consider 2 a bit young for such freedom. We didn't put ours in regular beds until they were, about 4. We had those cribs that converted to a toddler bed, so we got our money's worth!My ds was the difficult case, he would climb out of his bed, roam the house, even open the door and go outside, in the middle of the night!

My advice, as now part of that group of "experienced" parents, wheen you get a new bed, keep the crib for awhile. If your child keeps getting out of bed and going places that aren't safe, tell him he will have to go back to the crib until he's ready to sleep in the big boy's bed. Then, follow through!

We even had alarms installed on outside doors and windows, set on instant, so we would be alerted if he opened a door/window! Ah, the good ol' days, I thought they would never end
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Old 10-18-2013, 05:38 PM
 
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There are other options, such as a latching screen door on the bedroom. I don't like the idea of locking a child in behind a shut door.
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:00 PM
 
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Heck, kids climb out of cribs too. It's best to baby proof the house, not lock children in their bedrooms. I never had problems with my children roaming around in the middle of the night. They either went to the bathroom or came into our room to get us. I always woke up to the slightest sound in my house. I still do even thought they are young adults now. If parents aren't light enough sleepers to hear their children in the middle of the night, an alarm on the bedroom door would be more appropriate than locking the child in the bedroom. How do people expect to potty train their children or avoid bed wetting problems if they lock their children in their bedrooms?
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:21 PM
 
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Relish these days of your toddle's restlessness. You will miss them when your teenager refuses to get out of bed.
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