Three year old and nap time

Victoria - posted on 07/16/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




I have a three year old and a 2 month old. Nap time use to be so easy and now it's a nightmare. I have told Hailey that she doesn't have to sleep but she needs to stay in her room and have some time to her self. Well the last two days have woken up to her trying to "cook" in the kitchen. I mean she has milk out, eggs out, bowls, sugar and knives! I freaked right out and explained how unsafe it was. I don't know how I can keep her in her room while I catch a little zzz's. We recently took her pacifiers away so I'm thinking this is probably contributing to her behavior.

I have tried to put a gate in front of her door to keep her in there but she climbs right over it.

I just want her to be safe, the only thing I can think of is a hook and eye lock...just for nap time. I know it sounds so bad but I'm out of ideas. Usually I hear every peep the kids make but I guess lack of sleep is catching up with me.

Any one have any advice? Or experienced this?



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Lisa - posted on 12/03/2013




My two and a half yr old is the same way. We live in an apt. so instead of installing locks and things, I just stick a diaper in the door. Unless she's got the grip of a ten year old, she's not getting out. Mine cries at first, then yawns and all's quiet.

Jude - posted on 07/17/2009




We put a hook-and-eye latch on our baby boy's door b/c our 3-yr-old daughter would sneak into his room and let him out - and his room is at the top of the stairs! If it keeps your child safe, it isn't wrong - in my opinion! (I've argued the same thing about those child leashes - and will again, I'm sure.)

As for getting you daughter to stay in bed - we had the same problem. Try letting her pick a few toys that are "just for bed" toys - stuffed animals, soft books, etc. Something that worked great for us, too, was putting a cup of water by her bed - one less excuse for her to get up.

Victoria - posted on 07/17/2009




Thanks for the replies Ladies!

I have tried the two gates and she climbed over them and I tried the knob protectors but she works at them till she gets the door frustrating. I'm going to see how today goes and if she still wont stay in her room I think I may be going to get a hook and eye lock for her door.

Thanks again :)

Stephanie - posted on 07/16/2009




I don't know if the pacifier is adding to it, it's tempting to give it back only because it's like narcotic to them, but be strong. I agree with the others that stacking gates or using locks or child safety knobs (pain in the ass) are all reasonable! You know best, you are the mom. As long as she is safe, I think you are doing a great job. :)With the lack of sleep you need the nap!! I'm in that position or close to it, and I demand the nao from both my girls, it took me awhile but i got my 3 year old and my 7 month old on the same time line so we can all nap together. Of course there are the rough days when someone refuses to nap, but i gate the stairs and walk away.

You know best, and you are doing a great job!

My kind words are " No one can be a better mom to your kids than you can!"

Sarah - posted on 07/16/2009




I know with my older child I have set up a tv in her room with a timer... for about 30 minutes.. usually she is asleep by the time the timer is done.. hopefully this helps

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I know parents that have stacked 2 baby gates on top of one another making it too tall to climb. They also make the plastic knob protectors that fit over the door knob so that the child can't open the door. I would also get some safety latches for the kitchen drawer and refrigerator too. Your hook and eye lock is also an idea and it's not bad when you are trying to keep your daughter safe.

Kimberly - posted on 07/16/2009




It is not horrible! I have a 3 year old daughter and I have one on almost every door in this house. They have been a lifesaver, and I know she is SAFE!

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