My two and a half year old recently learned how to open his door which has lead to him getting up really early and wandering around the house. I tried the ok to wake clock but he disregards it. I feel bad locking him in in his room, what do you do??

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Andrea - posted on 10/12/2011

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We tried all of those with my daughter. We closed her door and put a baby gate in front of it, so if she opened her door, she couldn't get out of her room. She has opened her door and knocked down the gate and gotten into stuff in our bedroom and the bathroom. We put the door handle covers on them, but she pulls them off...even after superglue. So we got this door thing that clamps on the door and it's intended to keep children from opening doors to rooms they aren't supposed to go in, so we just put on her door and she can only open it far enough to call out for me.

Kelly - posted on 06/06/2011

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I think at that age and as cheap as they are I would put that door knob cover on. Another choice for safety would be one of those little door alarms that goes off if the magnets are disengaged. At least you then know he is on the lose and he might not like it. They are a bit loud. They are similar to an alarm system but cheap and can equip just a door with one.

Lisa - posted on 06/06/2011

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Yeah I am not on board with locking him in. I have the grip and turn covers on all the exterior doors I just worry about him having time to figure it out if it is on his bedroom door and then I'd be in real trouble. Has anyone's kids ever learned how to open the door with one of the grip and turn knob covers on it?

Sherri - posted on 06/06/2011

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Yup what Gwen said. Under NO circumstances lock your child in his room!! In many states it can be against the law too. However, if what Gwen said doesn't work put two child gates up one on top of the other. He won't be able to climb it then.

Gwen - posted on 06/06/2011

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Put one of those "grip and turn" style covers over the knob so he can't open the door.

Lisa - posted on 06/06/2011

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Well the gate was a good idea but at 6am he climbed over it and ended up falling.....this is a determined little man

Katie - posted on 06/05/2011

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I would put a stair gate in the door way if his room, my son is 3 and he gets up and comes out of his room as soon as he is awake. He has an older brother who shares his room but if he didnt I would use a stairgate.

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