PLEASE Help 4 yr.old who rambles

Tina - posted on 05/10/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 4 year old daughter gets up in the mornings and instead of waking me up will ramble through the house and get into things. This morning I woke up to find paint everywhere all over her our living room floor, our couch, the t.v. Kota (that dinsoar toy). In the past she has gotten up and had crushed red pepper tea parties which left a huge yellowish stain in our floor, and has eaten things food thank goodness but you know my concern. Does anyone have any advice or has anyone else gone through the samething? She has been doing this now since she was around 2 1/2. It is not every morning but most of them. We can no really just close her up in her rooom since she may have to use the toliet, also she shares her room with her baby sister so i am worried thaat if we did that she wold just mess with her. Please any help would be very much appreciated.

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Kristin - posted on 05/10/2010

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You are going to have to more than somewhat babyproof the cabinets; time to really do it. Second, she is old enough to know what she can or cannot get into without an adult. Move anything that it is not okay for her to be into without an adult into a place she cannot easily get into and mark it as a No No zone. This applies to anything in the kitchen that is counter level or higher. You may need to do some rearranging for this. Then, keep things that are okay for her to be into where she can get to them easily. My two boys had things taken away from them that they had gotten out of the NO NO zone. It only took one or two thing, and no problems since.



She sounds like a very smart, curious, and energetic cookie. Get her to help you keep her and your house safe (from her).

Jonna - posted on 05/10/2010

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They sell door alarms for kids doors. If she opens it the alarm will go off and wake you up. You could also try and set an alarm for yourself earlier than she normally wakes, then move to the couch and snooze till she gets up, but you'll be on the couch and she's less likely to get into stuff if you are right there and you'll be more likely to wake up if she does. If all else fails, lock her in her room. Safety is #1 and it's not safe for her to be rummaging through the house without you. Good Luck

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Tina - posted on 05/10/2010

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She is indeed a very smart little girl. We do have a baby moniter in the room sice the baby is in there also. The kitchen is right outside my room so yes you would think that I would be able to hear whatever she was getting into but I never do. She is very sneaky. My husband and I do put things up at night its like a routine anymore things are put up in cabinets above the counters and somehow she still manages to find things to make a mess with. I do not know if she climbs up or how she does it as I have never seen any chairs moved because I knw that would wake me and there aren't any other stools in our house. We have tried just talking to her and telling her that she does not need to play with things that she doesn't knw what they are as they could be something dangerous that may hurt her or make her sick. I have tried taking things away, spankiing her, making her stay in her room etc. None of these have worked.

Heather - posted on 05/10/2010

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Do you have a baby monitor in her room, or perhaps you could put one in the kitchen or other areas where she tends to get into things, so you will hear her doing it and can go correct her immediately?

Michelle - posted on 05/10/2010

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Not to sure if this will help, but if she will go in a potty put one in her room at night, and a child gate a the door way. I would also put a baby camera in the room so you can see what is going on at night. Also like others said lock all doors and cabinets.

Tina - posted on 05/10/2010

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Our house is laid out so that her room is on the complete other end of the house so she has to go through the living room and kitchen to get to my room. Natalia she shares her room with her baby sister we only have a three bedroom house and we have three kids. I have tried somewhat babyproofing all of our cabinets are locked and doors that go outside she can not open as far as using baby gates we have also tried that but she just climbs over them which I see as more of a hazard than a help due to risk of her falling over it or something.

Jamie - posted on 05/10/2010

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You might consider putting baby gates in all the doorways except her room and yours, that way when she has to go to the bathroom she can just come in a wake you up. My son's room is at the end of the hallway and when he was littler we put a baby gate at the other end of the hall. We also latched all the doors we didn't want him getting into. Now he only comes in my room when he wakes up, and even though we've unlatched the bathrooms, he still tells me when he has to go, so i know to take him.

Natalia - posted on 05/10/2010

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i would completly baby proof the entire house. they sell things for door knobs to keep children from opening them, so she won't be able to get into her baby sisters room.

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