Our middle child is 3. She is very rambunctious and loud and is always into something. We have baby proofed as much as we can, but she still manages climb on chairs and get into things when we aren't looking. We recently upgraded her bed from a toddler bed to a full-size bed with head board and foot board, and underneath the mattress there are slats. We've always had a locking baby gate on her bedroom door, because the molding around her door is broken, so the door doesn't latch. We recently had to tie the doorknob to the baby gate, so that she couldn't get the door open far enough to slip her hand through, to open the baby gate which she figured out how to open. She's been taking out the slats of the bed and climbing on the bed to open the windows.
I am considering removing the bed frame, and just leaving the mattress in her bedroom, no toys, no dresser, nothing, but I'm afraid that it will look like a prison cell. It's bad enough that she bangs on the windows when she's supposed to be taking a nap, and I'm honestly surprised no one has called the police on us thinking that we are holding her captive, which is why I'm concerned about what her bedroom must look like to an outsider.
I just feel that having the door tied to the gate and removing everything in her room is the only way to protect her from getting into the other rooms or tearing apart her own room, or jumping out a window when she is supposed to be taking a nap or supposed to be in bed for the night.
Are we wrong for this? Are there other solutions? I feel so horrible! We never had these issues with our 9 year old, so this is new territory for us.
Asked by Anonymous at 2:24 AM on Apr. 30, 2012 in Preschoolers (3-4)
Answer by christinkie at 2:41 AM on Apr. 30, 2012
Answer by christinkie at 2:42 AM on Apr. 30, 2012
Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 2:53 AM on Apr. 30, 2012
Answer by luvmygrandbaby at 7:33 AM on Apr. 30, 2012
Without over analyzing these are the first things that come to mind when I read this...
Maybe she doesn't need a nap?? If she that nuts at nap & bed time does she still need a nap??
How does she get out of the room to use the bathroom??
What if there is a fire in the house... how does she get out if you are compromised??
Answer by Crafty26 at 8:09 AM on Apr. 30, 2012
Answer by meooma at 8:22 AM on Apr. 30, 2012
Answer by coala at 9:48 AM on Apr. 30, 2012
Answer by girlwithC at 12:11 PM on Apr. 30, 2012
Answer by khedy at 12:13 PM on Apr. 30, 2012