Fire departments might not say much regarding a closed door and might even recommend doors being closed. There are plenty of studies on fire and smoke travelling quicker through open doorways than closed. A closed and (child) locked door might be bad if the fire started in the child's room, but could easily and more likely happen anywhere else. In the event the fire is taking place outside of the room a closed door could potentially save a life. This is not to suggest that closing and locking the door is the best solution to your problem, but it should not be dismissed on the grounds of fire safety because it is completely situational.eldeejay wrote: ↑May 10th, 2017 7:47 amThanks for everyone that offered real solutions to the problem I laid out and the rest of you are welcome for being provided a place to vent your projections and insecurities about child discipline and for not being reported as off topic. I'm getting an alarm for his door. That will likely solve the problem.
To anyone that thinks locking the door is a good idea, give your head a shake, or call the fire department and see what they say.
You mentioned a concern that the toddler might try and move furniture within the room and try and climb out the window. Make sure to address that too if it is a concern. The alarm on the door will not solve that. Remove access to the window if possible or find a way to lock it that your child cannot exploit. I am not sure what furniture you have in the room that a 2 year old can move around and climb on, but I would consider removing it from the room. I would not like the idea of my 2 year old pushing small furniture around at night and climbing on it if it can be avoided. The only furniture in our son's room is the bed and two dressers (with anti-tip installed) - non of these items are moving.
We had some issues with our child falling asleep initially as the days got longer. He would get out of bed and play with toys. We did a lot of work reminding/telling him to get back in bed and stay in bed. He has gotten better at staying in bed, but we ended up removing toys from his room.
In your case he is waking up in the middle of the night apparently when you are already asleep. If putting an alarm on his door will help you to wake up and provide the necessary opportunity to encourage him to get back to bed than it is probably a good solution. Probably better than staying up all night hoping to catch him in the act.
Getting child locks for the exit doors would be good too. Some parents say their kids figure them out, maybe its the type of child lock combined with certain door knobs, but we have the safety 1st ones that were previously posted and only one friend's toddler could legitimately open them at age 2 and this kid is a giant for his age he looks two years older than he is. Our son's hands are not big enough to grasp the holes and manipulate the actual door knob. They are relatively inexpensive to try anyway.