Posted in Family Life, Sleep, Babies, Toddlers

My two year old just figured out how to open doors and now won't stay in her room at night/for naps.

My toddler has always been an excellent (though light) sleeper. No problem self-soothing, etc... However she recently learned how to open doors and has been coming out of her room multiple times when she is supposed to be sleeping. We have an ok-to-wake clock and she does seem to understand the concept but either stays awake staring at it waiting for it to change or totally disregards it. We also have an 6mo sharing our room that she often wakes up when she comes into our room early in the morning. My husband also leaves early for work which wakes her up often (no matter how quiet he is). To top it all off she has just learned to use the potty so I don't want to keep her from the bathroom at night of she needs to go. Do I just need to let the novelty of doorknobs wear off or put a gate up or what? Just looking for some advice. This routine is really interrupting her sleep (and mine). TIA!

  • Ivana
    Feb 08

    Just get those covers that go over the door knob. Toddlers can’t figure out how to maneuver them to open the door, but adults can. I got one off of amazon and have used it in my daughters room since she was two

  • Anonymous
    Feb 08

    A noise machine might help to keep her from waking up from every noise. You could set a potty up in her room so if she needs to go in the middle of the night she doesn't have to leave her room, or if you have a baby monitor in her room she could just talk to you on we the monitor to tell you she needs to go. I would find a way to keep her in her room where she is safe and can play quietly if she doesn't want to sleep, and just keep reinforcing the clock. The nobs work for awhile, but my oldest quickly learned how to pull them off, and now he is 4 and has figured out how to open doors with them on!

  • Jess
    Feb 09

    We have a baby gate in the door that keeps her in her room at night and she can still call for us if needed. We like the one we have in the pic below cause the little door can stay open during the day.

  • anonymous mom
    Feb 10

    A baby gate or one of those door handle safety covers that make it hard for them to open should be okay. It’s so hard when they start opening doors, what’s next!? Lol. Also, I’m sure you’ve already done so but make sure all your doors that go outside have a lock that’s too high to reach on them....when my daughter learned to open our doors to the outside I was so scared! We got safety locks for our sliding glass doors and also for the regular doors. Good luck!!

  • Leslie C.
    check_circleChild Care Provider Feb 12

    My Granddaughter was doing the same thing, so what worked for my daughter was that she turned the door knob around with the lock on the outside, and locked it from the outside. That way my granddaughter could not get out! It worked!