How to keeping a 3 yr old in their room

Leslie - posted on 10/31/2011 ( 19 moms have responded )

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How do you keep a 3 yr old in his room when baby gates do not work any more? The last few night he has been getting up and climbing out of his room and getting into everything.. I am so tired that I cant stay awake.. Please someone help me. I'm desperatly in need of sleep. Im afraid he'll get into something and hurt himself.PPPPPLLLLEEEAAAASSSEEE help this very tired mommy..

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Nicole - posted on 11/01/2011

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I use the door knob covers that you get the safety section of babies r us - even my almost 7 yr. old has a hard time with them.

Jessica - posted on 11/06/2011

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I have a friend who had twins and couldn't keep them in their rooms. They climbed the doubled baby gate and everything. She locked the door one night and it scared them to death. So she went on craiglist and got an old screen door for free and put that up. This way they are still locked in but not closed out.

Tina - posted on 11/02/2011

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I used one of those baby safety things that go on the door knob in the inside so he couldn't open the door. My son was waking up in the middle of the night and wouldn't go back to bed so we tried these and it worked great. He learned that he couldn't get up and out and he doesn't wake up any more. Try this. It really works

Kelina - posted on 10/31/2011

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lock him in. It's no different than keeping him in his room with the baby gate, but maybe put the baby monitor back in his room if you have one so that you can hear him when he wakes up. Also make sure everything in his room is secure. My sons bed takes two men to lift, his dresser is screwed into the wall, and there's nothing else in his room that can hurt him. If he hasn't figured out baby locks try putting it on the inside of his door. You could also try doubling up the baby gates. If he's figured out the baby locks you can get one of the bathroom door locks and reverse it in his room. Some people aren't comfortable with locking their kids in their room but it's really no different than putting him in his crib or keeping him in with a baby gate. And i'd rather have him locked in his room and safe than out in the house and in danger.

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Leslie - posted on 11/10/2011

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thank you everyone for your advice. Ive found a safe way to keep him in and Im now sleeping. Again thank u all

Kelly - posted on 11/07/2011

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i actually have a wondering toddler too, we've had to resort to stacking 2 gates, 1 over the other. it worked for quite a while, we've since been able to stop doing that and it's back to the 1

Heather - posted on 11/06/2011

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Put a latch on the Outside of his bedroom door, put a lock on the outside of his bedroom door, or put one of those child proof door covers on his bedroom door on the inside of it!

Sheri - posted on 11/04/2011

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We have a baby door lock on the inside of my 3 yr olds door to keep her in as there is a history of sleepwalking with my family so it's for her safety and so we get some sleep too. Only one of my sisters knows about it and she doesn't think it's wrong. The only way anyone would find out is if the were to actually look at he door knob.

Kelli - posted on 11/01/2011

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IF his door knob has a lock on it just take the door knob off and put the lock on the outside. This way you can lock or unlock it. It's not mean at all, it's like putting a lock on the door so they cant open it while your in the bathroom. Do what you have to for his safety and you get some sleep. A sleepy momma is unsafe as well.

Leslie - posted on 11/01/2011

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thank you all so much. you guys are right screw what others say. His safty is my main concern and me getting sleep to. I see what I need to do..

Leslie - posted on 11/01/2011

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no Ive never been introuble before. but some ppl cant keep their noses out of stuff

Anmarie - posted on 11/01/2011

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well i have to lock my sons door, he is a sleep walker and we have a big open stairwell that leads our to a main state highway through one door he can open! I couldn't care less if somebody calls me mean i don't want him run over thanks!

Tiffany - posted on 11/01/2011

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I have a lock on the outside of my daughter's door and lock it when she is sleeping. We have a very open house, with a loft that opens up into the lower floor. I'm too afraid that she could climb over the railing when we are sleeping if she gets up at night, so we have locked her in ever since she moved into a toddler bed and will continue to do so until we feel she is old enough to know that she can't climb the railing. It's for her safety and there is no harm in that. I have been accused of being mean by my in-laws, but I say "screw them". It's no one's business. My father-in-law did not participate in any caregiving for my husband when he was a kid, so he's clueless on how to raise a kid. His wife doesn't have kids, yet thinks she is an expert on raising them. NOT! Do what you need to do to keep your child safe and get some sleep yourself. (As a side note, I would not give melatonin to a child unless you speak to a pediatrician. I believe it is for adults only and there is such a thing as taking too much, so I wouldn't use it on a kid. Medication to get a child to sleep is never the answer in my eyes.)

Kelina - posted on 11/01/2011

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were you accused of being mean when you made him stay in his room with a baby gate? No one is going to get you in trouble for keeping your child safe. Abusing the power to lock him in his room is another thing but keeping him safe while you're sleeping? not a mother in the world should berate you for that. Many people accuse us of being mean. Our kids will do it many times in our lifetime. My MIL often calls me a mean mommy cause I don't let my kids have a whole lot of sugar. My mom did that a lot before she passed away. It's part of motherhood. People will always second guess our decisions, we'll second guess our decisions, but in the end we make the decisions that best suit us and our families and everyone else will do the same. Just because they don't agree with it doesn't mean it's wrong.

Leslie - posted on 10/31/2011

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I have done the doubling of the baby gates but he figured out how to climb that too. I hate to lock him in his room bc Im affraid of getting in trouble or accused f being mean. I'm thinking though I have no other choice.

Leslie - posted on 10/31/2011

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We do alot. After I clean the house real quick we go out side and play in the back yard, we go to the YMCA and play swim and thing. shopping. I just wish the little bugger would stay in his room..

Katherine - posted on 10/31/2011

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What do you do with him during the day? Do you wear him out? That always seems to help with my kids.
There is also a natural remedy called melatonin you could give him to sleep. I don't know how you feel about that though.

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