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Solution for sneaky 3 year old? Waking without anyone knowing.

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My 3 year old (will be four in may) step son has wakes early and purposly is as quiet as possible even though he as gotten in trouble for not waking us many times. We have baby locks on his bedroom door, he has figured out how to open the baby gate very quietly, we leave our bedroom door open, we have even let him stay up later and he still wakes up before me. He even hides behind the door hoping that I wont have my glasses on and wont notice he's not in bed. We are really afraid he his going to get hurt. Any suggestions other then getting up really really early. I work evenings and my husband works nights.

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Do you have only the baby gate over his door? What about a child lock door knob one? My 3 year old has one on his door (on the inside) as he sometimes will get up early or play late in his room when going to bed. I'd say if you can find a way to keep him in his room (and make sure it's child proof throughly) then let him be. Still contuine to have him on his routine and he should outgrow it. Hopefully you find something that works. :)
he has a door knob lock (the ball kind) and he can open it...and the baby gate was in the hall outside of our door so he could only get to his room, our room, and the hall which are all well baby proofed. He has figured out how to get both open quietly enough not to wake anyone (it used to take him quiet a bit of effort and would wake me up). I think I've found a soultion though for the moment. The dollar store had a window/door alarm...the magnet part goes on the door the alarm part goes on the frame and when they are pulled apart an alarm sounds. This is a temp fix untill I can get the one I found online that has more options (rings like a doorbell when door is opened rather then sounding like someone is breaking into the apartment). If anyone has a better idea please let me know though!
he has a door knob lock (the ball kind) and he can open it...and the baby gate was in the hall outside of our door so he could only get to his room, our room, and the hall which are all well baby proofed. He has figured out how to get both open quietly enough not to wake anyone (it used to take him quiet a bit of effort and would wake me up). I think I've found a soultion though for the moment. The dollar store had a window/door alarm...the magnet part goes on the door the alarm part goes on the frame and when they are pulled apart an alarm sounds. This is a temp fix untill I can get the one I found online that has more options (rings like a doorbell when door is opened rather then sounding like someone is breaking into the apartment). If anyone has a better idea please let me know though!
I will try this again as I am having trouble with the internet taking what I write.  You need to take a towel or wash cloth and put it between the door and the door facing. It will make a tight enough fit so that your child will not be able to open up the door. I had a 3 year old who opened the lock on the front door in the late 70's and wandered into a neighbors living room at 5:00am. We found him down at the police station who told us  where he was found. Child protective services thought he was being abused because of it. To prevent this happening to you try the cloth in the door method. It is guarentee to work.
Once our (at the time) 2 year old learned how to open his door and the baby gate in front of his door, we did away with the baby gate, but with the stairs being right next to his door I was afraid he'd take a wrong turn at night.  My husband turned the door handle around so the lock side was facing the hallway.  We put a key in the room for the times when he decided to lock me in the room.  Word to the wise....find a way to hide the key where he cannot get to it.  My son (now 3) figured out how to climb up, reach the key, and use it to unlock his door.  The key is now hidden in his closet where he can't reach it.  We only lock it now when we need to make sure he is safe.  We unlock it once he is asleep and I know he is safe.  I also attached a set of bells I found at the dollar store on his door up high (higher than I can even reach).  When he opens the door, I hear the bells.  I still have his baby monitor in his room.  I can hear when he messes with that too.  Good luck!

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