is it ok for the 3yr old kid to leave him alone while sleeping for an half hour?

Ariane - posted on 04/07/2012 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Is it ok for the 3yr old kid to leave him alone at the room while sleeping for an half hour? But b4 I will leave my son at the room , I will mke sure that hes safe there, .

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Nykee - posted on 04/15/2012

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I agree with the others. You shouldn't leave the house.



I set my almost three-year-old and almost four-year-old up with a movie and nap or shower sometimes, or in the mornings I have them push play on a movie in their room to by myself an extra 30-40 minutes of sleep.



I guess it depends on your kid, too. If you can trust that he knows better than to leave the house or answer the door, and that he knows to come get you if there's a problem, then I don't see a problem at 3 to take a nap while he watches a movie and is safe.



I frequently have chats with my kids about never leaving the house without me (except if there is a fire, then they may go to a neighbor as we've practiced) and never answering the door unless I specifically tell them to. Before I nap or get into the shower, we review the rules and my expectations for their behavior while I'm not in the room. I feel comfortable and confident that my kids understand the rules and will comply, but I know kids at this age who cannot be trusted to behave. No one knows your child like you do; go with your gut, and err on the side of caution. :)

Ebere - posted on 04/11/2012

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Of course you can leave your 3 year old alone in the same house while you go to another room to take a short nap.. But like some of the other mom's said, you should know your baby well enough to know if you can do that.. I do that all the time

Stephanie - posted on 04/10/2012

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From what I understand, you are asking if it is okay if you leave your 3 year old child in his room alone (awake, playing perhaps?) while you go into your bedroom to take a 30 minute nap, right? Yes of course! I'm assuming he knows how to walk (that's jokingly), so if he needs something, he can come wake you up (if he's hungry or something is wrong). He's most likely potty trained by that age too. So it's silly for a parent to feel that they have to be by their child's side every second of the day, we all deserve a short break from time to time. My 3 yr old daughter sometimes wakes up early and won't go back to sleep, so I get up to brush her teeth, make her breakfast, and get her favorite toys out or put an educational tv program on for her. Then my husband and I will sleep for another 30 minutes (if she will let us, lol). She's very mature for her age and throws away her trash, totally potty trained too of course. Our house is totally child proof, high locks on both the front door and patio door, nothing dangerous within her reach. She usually just sits and eats her breakfast quietly while still waking up herself, lol. We leave our bedroom door open too so we can hear if she calls for us, but she definitely comes to let us know if she needs anything. So go for it, nothing wrong with it if you've taken the appropriate precautions! (Just don't do it for hours! haha)

Medic - posted on 04/08/2012

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If you are talking about staying in the house, then why on earth would you stay with him? Just to watch him sleep? Both of my kids sleep by themselves and always have. If your talking about leaving the house then I will go with no. Probably a bad idea.

Nikki - posted on 04/07/2012

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It depends on what you mean by leaving. If you mean go to another part of the house to get some housework done and you don't need you toddler right under you feet then sure as long as you make sure he is safe and can not get out side of into things that could be dangerous to him. If you mean leave the house I would say defintaly not beacuse even if you put him in a safe room toddlers have a way of getting into things that they shouldn't he may also need something while you are gone or get hurt and you would not be there to see to him. Hope this helps :)

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Brandie - posted on 10/12/2012

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You should not leave your three year old in the house by himself, period. That will land you in a world of trouble.



Now, if you are talking about leaving your three year old alone in his room while he is sleeping while you are in the house doing other things, that's fine.

Try - posted on 10/09/2012

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...You sit in the room and watch your son sleep? When do you get any sleep? What...how....

You're doing parenting wrong.

Migdalia - posted on 04/19/2012

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Who ever leaves their kids in the house all by themselves or in the car is just not right. When my kids stay in the car while me n their dad puts up groceries we make sure we wait for the other parent to get back to the car before the other parent goes to put bags in the car or I come in w my kids while daddy does all the work. Now about the baby sleeping alone in the room they are supposed too.At the moment my kids n us sleep in the same room but i like to open my livingroom bed and sleep in there for privacy or when we want to watch a movie. Please parents don't leave your kids alone n I don't think kids should see parents getting it on even if they are small. its kind of hard with two little ones but I try n make sure that they r sleeping.

Brandie - posted on 04/14/2012

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When I want to take a short nap and I'm the only parent, I have my son (3) lay next to me and watch cartoons.

Jamie - posted on 04/09/2012

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Only two states have requirement LAWS. Maryland 8 years old and Illinois at 14 years old. All the rest just have guidelines.



In Wisconsin, that guideline age is 12. Parents you know your kids best and some kids are much more mature than others.



However, in either case, your child is to young to be left home alone. You can leave him alone while you are in another room in the house or right outside though.

Jodi - posted on 04/09/2012

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Ditto what the others said. If you're in the house or immediately nearby (like the yard), then go for it. But if you mean leaving the house to go out and about while your child sleeps. Absolutely NOT! What if your house started on fire? What if your child woke up? What if (off chance I know) someone broke in? A child (in my state of WI) under the age of 12 cannot be left home alone for any amount of time, to do so is ground for involvment with CPS.

Christal - posted on 04/09/2012

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Sleeping by him/herself in a room while your still in the house? Absolutely. Alone while your doing yard work? Sure! Sleeping while you leave your house to run a short errand or for a walk or something? Hell NO! Cps should be called

Lisa - posted on 04/09/2012

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I have to say NO. Yes if it is to sleep in a room for a nap, (if you are in the house with the child).

Never Ever leave a child or baby sleeping and leave the house-

Stifler's - posted on 04/09/2012

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Yes it's ok to leave your kid alone in a room for a nap. I did that from birth. Leaving the house for half an hour to go down the street no.

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depends what you mean by that. i've left my son in the living room by himself before with a drink and a snack and a tv show. i'll sleep in my bedroom, which is beside the living room and leave my door open. i'll make sure all the other doors are closed and locked.

User - posted on 04/07/2012

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depends on exactly what you mean leave....are you talking about going to a neighbors or driving away a few blocks away?

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