Help! My toddler is an escape artist.

Sunday - posted on 03/05/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My two and a half year old son has decided to start sneaking out of the house. We just moved into a new home and have yet to baby proof it. He can unlock both front and back door. I feel really bad when he does this and we're sleeping =/ How should I enforce this?

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Amber659 - posted on 02/08/2014

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I have the same prob right now and nothing is helping. Did you figure out what works? We have tried a million different locks.

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Emjay - posted on 09/22/2012

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My two year old is an escape artist. She escaped twice today! We have locks right at the top of the front and back doors, the back yard is secure (or so we thought until today) and the windows in the living room and her bedroom are tied shut. When we go out she's strapped into the buggy with a 5 point harness. We don't do holidays because it's too stressful. Basically each time she has escaped we've worked out how she did it and fixed it. It's a stage, she'll grow out of it, but in the mean time... well.



No parent can watch their child/ren every minute of every day and children are extremely quick.

Medic - posted on 03/05/2012

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Put baby proof door handles, install either the little flap lock or a chain lock on all doors and babygate his room so he can't get out. Put a baby monitor in so you can hear what he is doing.

Sunday - posted on 03/05/2012

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We have installed locks! He room also has a hook & eye because he can climb the safety gate easily. But thanks, I feel a lot better. Now we just need to master not escaping from the shopping cart ..lol.

Kaitlin - posted on 03/05/2012

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Bonnie's exactly right. Try a chain lock (the kind that you do at the top of the door- they are fairly inexpensive and easy to install) and be sure to keep it locked at all times, especially at night. Even if/when he knows it's wrong, you don't want to take any chances.



ps, my kids are too. Punks.

Bonnie - posted on 03/05/2012

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I would keep enforcing it to him how wrong it is. You may need to get one of those flap type locks to put at the top of the back of the front door and back door. This way if he does unlock the regular locks, he still won't be able to open the doors.

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