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    I thought about it so much when my youngest was that age. He would get up in the middle of the night and raid the fridge and freezer (they had locks on them, but that only stalled him for a week) and he would play with toys. We didn't always hear him. We had one of those alarms that go off when they leave the bed but he destroyed it. He was such a handle, it was so hard. We couldn't do anything major as we were renting, but I always hesitated locking him in and thankfully he stopped with his midnight roaming sessions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pisang View Post
    If there was a fire him knocking would wake me plus all the smoke detectors.
    Unfortunately unconsciousness from smoke inhalation is a very real danger and there may be no knocking to hear I'm sorry
    And to be honest, I wouldn't rely on smoke detectors either. A complete family (mum and daughters) perished in a home fire not far from us and not that long ago and it's always very much on my mind

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    No, my kids only roam into my bed - and they hate having their door closed let alone locked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pisang View Post
    Its early morning. I do feed him enough at night.
    I just havnt heard him get up. If there was a fire him knocking would wake me plus all the smoke detectors.
    He is 2 so I am trying to teach him not to get into and touch everything but its the 3rd time getting up to a mess and almost having to ditch the mat so I was a bit frustrated this time.

    Im suprised no one elses little ones get up to roam thats really lucky
    My Ds1 has always gotten up very early and has on a number of occasions gone hunting for food. You're not alone in that one! Most of the time I would hear him if he opened the fridge.


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    No way. Its not teaching anything and could be very dangerous.
    Please do not only rely on smoke detectors. Many people sleep through them or are rendered unconscious without even realising it.
    I myself have slept through a smoke alarm right outside my bedroom door (the battery was dying) but was woken by my lovely neighbours smashing my bedroom window to get to me. I am not a heavy sleeper at all.

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    We have a plastic child proof cover on the inside of DD2's door so she couldn't let herself out.
    I have plenty of reasons why and am happy & confident in our decision.

    When we night toilet train her later this year it will come off for good.

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    I am curious by those who are concerned about the op not waking up to a smoke alarm, but not being able to access her child in a fire when the door was locked? Maybe I'm just tired, but how is the op going to save her child with the door open if a smoke alarm isn't going to wake her?
    OP - basically you need to work out what is going to be safer. For my youngest, just before he stopped he starting turning the knobs on the stove, and pressing buttons on the microwave, it was getting dangerous for him and the hazards inside the house were more of a risk than a potential fire. There were twin boys near me growing up, and when they were 2 they climbed up on to the stove, got matches off the fridge and set each other on fire when their mother was asleep. She woke up to their screams So if your DC is going to be safer with a lock on the door then do it. If my DS hadn't stopped waking up we would have locked him in. The dangers in the house were outweighing the potential risks of having him locked in a room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Party of Three View Post
    I am curious by those who are concerned about the op not waking up to a smoke alarm, but not being able to access her child in a fire when the door was locked? Maybe I'm just tired, but how is the op going to save her child with the door open if a smoke alarm isn't going to wake her?
    This is a major stress point for me (I work in safety so always on my mind).

    My DD1 has done practice evacuations in our house, she knows if she a) smells smoke b) sees a fire or c) hears the alarm, how to get out in a few different ways. This way she doesn't rely on us and we don't rely on hearing the alarm.

    If we had a lock that would eliminate a few evacuation routes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anjalee View Post
    This is a major stress point for me (I work in safety so always on my mind).

    My DD1 has done practice evacuations in our house, she knows if she a) smells smoke b) sees a fire or c) hears the alarm, how to get out in a few different ways. This way she doesn't rely on us and we don't rely on hearing the alarm.

    If we had a lock that would eliminate a few evacuation routes.
    Fair enough. I have done the 'fire safety talk' with my kids too...but I tell them to smash a window and to not come through the house looking for us. So perhaps it depends on the layout of your house? I know my DS wouldn't have understood any fire safety talk when he was at 'lets try and kill myself in the house' stage, but for us to leave the house we would have run past his bedroom window and would have gone through that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Party of Three View Post
    Fair enough. I have done the 'fire safety talk' with my kids too...but I tell them to smash a window and to not come through the house looking for us. So perhaps it depends on the layout of your house? I know my DS wouldn't have understood any fire safety talk when he was at 'lets try and kill myself in the house' stage, but for us to leave the house we would have run past his bedroom window and would have gone through that way.
    It does depend on the layout of course, but that's why it's extra important to have all exits available to kids. If there is a fire in a kids room, you'd rather two potential exits than one.


 
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