How do I keep my son from getting out of bed at bedtime and opening his door?

Lauren - posted on 01/29/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Since he has figured out the door knob I haven't been able to have smooth bedtime like we used to. We have a bedtime schedule and everything but he just will not stay in bed. I have been thinking of possibly getting those door knob safety covers that you see in daycares so that he can't just open the door and come out of his room at night. But then I am not sure if that is the route to go. Plus he thinks he can just open up the front door and go outside because he wants to. I have to keep the deadbolt locked now 24/7. I think if nothing else I am going to get one of those safety doorknobs for at least the front door. Any suggestions?

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Lauren - posted on 01/29/2009

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Quoting Natalie:



I used the safety door lock things with my 4 year old and that worked until he was about 3.  I haven't tried it, but like the idea of Super Nanny where she just sits outside the door and constantly redirects the child until he/she gives up.  It seems to take hours the first few days, but quickly resolves itself.  Whatever you do, could you keep us informed as my 20 month old is still in his crib and will be opening his door as soon as we put him in his toddler bed... Thanks!






I sure will keep you posted. Yeah we had him in his crib until he figured out how to climb out of it. So we turned it into a toddler bed. As for the Super Nanny episode I am in that power struggle with him right now. It has been going on for quite awhile. He definently has my stubborn streak. LOL My dad says its payback for what I put him through. The other night he got out of bed and grabbed a toy for my 6 month old and came in my room saying "Bubba here" like that would make it okay that he came out of his room. It was pretty cute and a pretty good attempt but we just put him back in his bed.

Natalie - posted on 01/29/2009

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I used the safety door lock things with my 4 year old and that worked until he was about 3.  I haven't tried it, but like the idea of Super Nanny where she just sits outside the door and constantly redirects the child until he/she gives up.  It seems to take hours the first few days, but quickly resolves itself.  Whatever you do, could you keep us informed as my 20 month old is still in his crib and will be opening his door as soon as we put him in his toddler bed... Thanks!

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