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    Default Can you hear your kids call out if you are in your bedroom?

    And what do you do if you can't hear them?

    Currently our ds's room is next to ours and we leave our bedroom door to hear him (he is 6) if he calls out at night (usually due to a nightmare which is once every 1 - 2 weeks). We are planning on moving house in a few months and we're not sure what to do if the kids rooms are further away from the master bedroom. Obviously our dd who is still in a cot will just be on the monitor still, but what about our ds? He calls out in the morning too, without coming to get us.

    Should we just insist that if he wants us, then he needs to come & get us? I'm thinking that it will be hard to do this when we move to a new house as he's likely to be more unsettled and he hates the dark so asking him to move through a dark, unfamiliar house is going to seriously stress him out.

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    Yes, we can hear the girls if they make noise o/night - all our bedrooms are upstairs. This was a major consideration when we bought our house - I wanted the bedrooms together.

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    I can hear my son if he calls but if he wants me he comes to me. He is 3.5.

    Perhaps you could get a sensor night light when you move so he can walk to you with some light. We have one outside our room which turns on when someone passes it.

    I guess it also depends how loud he calls and how far away he will be for you to hear him.

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    What about plug in night lights so your DS can walk to your room and it wont be dark?

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    I struggle to hear him calling when he's in the room next to me as I'm a deep sleeper.

    The sensor light is a good idea thanks.

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    It is so hard with most modern houses as the minor bedrooms are all miles away from the master!

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    DS is across the hallway so we can hear him but he generally comes into us if he wants something. Could you put a torch next to your sons bed and encourage him to come to you?

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    Agree - although we got lucky (our house is only 7 years old - 4 when we bought it).

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    Yes we can hear dd1 when she calls out. Its a bit of a sore point today. She is 8 and usually watches TV in bed (yes I know) until she goes to sleep and I set the sleep function to turn off after a certain amount of time. Works well most of the time. Last night we thought she was asleep when we went to bed and we both fall asleep, dd2 is in her cot , as I had a procedure done yesterday I was particularly tired. Well, at 1.30 "MUM, MUM, MUM, MUM..."

    I get up to her thinking she had woken up after having a nightmare. But no. "my TV turned itself off". Boy she got a mouthful I tell you. I go back to bed, only to hear "WAAA WAAAA WAAAA". so dd2 ended up in bed with me, DP slept in the lounge room, dd1 was silent all night, and I got no sleep because dd2 tossed and turned and cried all night.

    So when dd1 got home from school today she cleaned the house without being asked to at all.

    To answer the OP, I would love not to be able to hear them. Maybe you could give him his own special torch to come to you or if you want peace of mind and don't mind getting up, maybe a baby monitor.

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    There are only 2 bedrooms here and DS's is right next to ours so we can hear him. We've never been in a house where that's been an issue so I'm not sure what I'd do. The torch or night lights sound like good ideas though.

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