Jennifer - posted on 10/11/2010 ( 139 moms have responded )
So, my son is 3 years old now and he has taken it upon himself now to climb over his baby gate in the mornings when I am still sleeping. He's very stealthy about it too, and end up in the living room with the tv on (though he has no clue how to change the channel) or he comes into my room and tells me good night and gives me kisses. I know the last part is cute, however waking up yesterday am to figure out that he was once again in the living room with the tv on and I walked into the living room and he had gotten the markers off the top of the fridge and was proceeding to draw on the wall!! Oh my lord!! I have installed the eye hook and latch on both the outer screen doors since he also likes to just open the door and venture outside and that has stopped that, however I need to figure out a way to keep him in his room in the mornings.
My mother told me to put another eye hook and latch on his door and lock him in his room at night once I go to bed. That way he can't get out unless I unhook the latch. WHAT?!?! Am I the only one that finds this insane? What would happen if there is a fire or other problem and I can't be woken up and he can't get out?? He's trapped in his room. I looked at my Mother like she had lost her mind. I seriously can't fathom locking my son into his room at night. I just can't figure out how to keep him in his room in the mornings. He used to stay in his room playing until I woke up or he would call me to get up for him.
Not anymore.... now he just climbs his gate and goes on his merry way. I have most of the dangerous stuff locked away and even put locks on the pantry now because he will dig through there for chips and cookies in the morning. I also have locks on the fridge and have added one to the freezer now as well because he likes to get out the popsicles... lol. Oh my... and the markers that were on top of the fridge? Yeah, he used the chair pushed to the fridge, climbed onto the counter and then was able to get the markers of the fridge.
What do all you mom's do to keep your kids in their rooms in the morning if they get up before you do? Or do you set your alarm so that you can wake up before they do? My son has a varied schedule of waking up... This morning it was a little after 6 am (but that was because he pooped which is a potty training issue..) ::::: Sigh ::::: Any Moms here have some advice?