What is the OK age for a child to play in their room without constant supervision??

Jenny - posted on 09/28/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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OK Question Mom's.. or Dad's I suppose.. What is the OK age for a kid to play in their room without constant supervision? I would really like my living room to stay clean for more then just nap times and overnight. Plus when Lennon is in the living room he thinks the TV has to be on. And we need to get away from that. With winter coming we are going to be stuck in the house more and more and want them to have more then just the living room to play in too.

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Christine - posted on 10/07/2010

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as long as its baby proof any age really i think since my daughter could walk she always would go play quietly in her room it was heaven until she turned two.

Kim - posted on 09/28/2010

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You have to go by your kids. My son was in the playpen at 3 while I took a shower, at 4 when I thought he was more responsible he started writing all over everything!! And unscrewing things. My youngest was so active I didn't dare leave her alone until she was over 3. I couldn't leave her in her crib or playpen because she'd climb. Showers were only done when others were home! But by 3.5 she was going upstairs to her room to pout. My kids do not like to be upstairs alone to play, even my 8 yr old. They don't mind being with a sibling or friend though. So it depends on your child and their stage, whether you can trust them or not.

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Rebekah - posted on 10/01/2010

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I'd say a lot would depend on how child proof your home is too. I will allow my 15 month old daughter to play by herself downstairs (b/c its childproof), but I'd be nervous to let her play in a room at my inlaws by herself.

I think I gave my son (now 3.5 yrs) the all clear to play in my bedroom alone while I was in the shower when he was around 18 months old. We had toys in there and everything was pretty toddler proof. So, if the space is child friendly it could be pretty young.

Maggie - posted on 10/01/2010

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it really depends on the child. Can he play safely and quietly by himself? Then let him play in the room by himself and just peek in every so often (20 - 30 minutes) as long as there are no loud crashes/screaming/weirdness. Right now my 4 and 2 year olds are running around my house playing Ben 10.
As far as the TV goes just turn it off and make sure he has something else to distract him. My kids love TV but when I say it goes off it does! They whine for 5 seconds and then go do something else - it helps if you have something else ready like "Ok, guys, TV off. I got out your LEGOS!" Then they're so excited about legos that they forget about the TV. Set a time limit - an hour a day or two shows a day. It doesn't have to be at the same time. We watch one show in the morning and one after naptime (while I make breakfast and lunch).

Jess - posted on 09/28/2010

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My daughter is 1 she plays alone in her room. I only have soft toys in there and a few hand eye toys that are just too big for our lounge room.

She loves it ! All her other toys are down stairs, like walking aids, her ball pit and the bucket of blocks.

Tiffany - posted on 09/28/2010

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I see nothing wrong with it. After all, isnt a babies room suppose to be baby profed? As long as there is nothing that could harm them, which there shouldnt be in a childs room, then it is fine. Check on them here and there of course. When my kids are playing in there rooms, i go by , if i can here them playing they are still ok. Then if for some reason they get quiet before my rutine check, i peek in on them. Whats the point in a room if they cant play in it?

Emily - posted on 09/28/2010

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With both my kids I let them play in there rooms by them selves at 6-7 months old. I would make sure there were covers over electric outlets, there was a baby gate in the doorway, and I would put a moniter in the room, that way I can hear whats going on but I can still get my stuff done without constately checking in. I hope this helps; although its all how comfortable you feel letting him play on his own.

Alice - posted on 09/28/2010

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Amanda is so right, it depends on your child.

My girls generally played in their room (we have a baby gate, so we could look in, but we didn't watch all the time) "by themselves" just before they started to walk (about 8 months old), you know, the stage where they get into everything but can't walk yet lol!
Without checking on them? I actually hear most of what's going on because our house is small, so I guess the average is about 2 & a half or so before I don't strain my ears to find out what's going on.
My suggestion is get a half-door or a baby gate (my first baby gate was the side of the crib my 6-mo-old had just grown out of lol!) and put it in the baby's room doorway, then make sure there's nothing in the room he can hurt himself on (sockets are covered, nothing he can climb up on, nothing to choke on, etc) and start letting him play in his room. The door isn't closed so you can hear him if he needs you, and you'll be teaching him to amuse himself (this, I have discovered, is a vital skill).
~Hope this helps!

Amanda - posted on 09/28/2010

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I think it depends on your child. My daughter is 2 and she can play in her room by herself. I run a daycare and sometimes (not often) if she's had enough of the other kids she'll go upstairs and watch TV on her own. I can hear her moving around and can tell if she's getting into something.

That said I've met a lot of kids a lot older than that that I wouldn't consider turning my back on, let alone leaving them alone in a room lol ... It all depends on your child.

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