How to keep my 2.5 yr old safely in his room?

Miranda - posted on 08/30/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I would have loved for our son to stay in his crib longer because he slept great in it. But, pretty much as soon as he turned 2, he figured out how to climb out of his crib. So we put him in a toddler bed, he will not fall asleep by himself and once we do get him to sleep he wakes up, very angry, screaming at us while he's walking to our room. This happens several times a night. We walk him back to his room and put him back to bed. This has happened about 6 times a night for almost 8 months now. I would put a baby gate in front of his door except he's been able to open every baby gate we've gotten since he was 1 and forget about those cabinet locks and fridge locks, he figured those out when he first started walking, not that that has anything to do with him staying in his room at night. Well his new thing now is once he sees its daylight out he'll get up and not wake me up. I've woke up to eggs all over the floor, butter knives lined up on the floor, a microwave with smoke billowing out of it, and our landlord knocking on my bedroom door saying she found my kid picking the flowers in front of our apartment door. Since then we've installed one of those locks at the very top of the outside door so he can't get outside anymore. So my question is, is there anyway to safely keep him in his room at night? I also just had our 2nd baby 2 months ago so having to be awake all night and all day is getting a bit old.

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Rachel - posted on 09/02/2011

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My son sleeps in a todder bed at 2yrs old and so did my daughter who is now 8yrs old. They way you do it is you read a book to him, lay him down and leave. I leave the door JUST open. I post myself next to the door and as soon as their foot hits the ground I go in and say "it's bed time, Get in bed. Night night" help him in bed and leave and post myself next to the door. The ONLY rule is stay in bed. He can scream, throw himself around, read, play. Just not get up. You need him to fall asleep on his own, other wise he's wondering where you went when he wakes up. That's why he's waking up screaming and everything. NEXT I would put a swing lock on his door near the top. That way he's safely in but it's easy to break in and emergency. If he breaks it put a small lock one that goes in the hole but I would try the first one first, it's safer. My mom had to nail my brothers windows shut too when he was little....lol I would also put in a baby monitor so you can hear him getting up.

Sharyn - posted on 08/30/2011

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All i can say is Wow .... but i have a question - does he open his bedroom door? i have a 2.5 year old too, and she sleeps all night in her big bed, alone, with her door closed, she knows how to open all the doors in teh house except hers cause i think she chooses not to open it cause shes not sure if she's allowed .... if he doesnt sleep with his door closed, try closing it and give him a night light ... if he gets up and pounds on the door, by all means get up and see what the fuss is about and tell him he has to go back to bed cause its still "sleepy time" ..... and i've had our house child proofed since she was 6 months old and she doesnt get into anything....

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