For the last year or so, my son has been quite the active little guy. When people (only family so far), watch him, they ask me, “what do you do with him all day?” And I always say, “I follow him around the house…..and I watch him make a mess….” Lord help me, I try to clean up after him as he goes, but by the second or third time, I just give up.
I’ve gotten used to him going downstairs when my daughter and I are finishing something upstairs, but I can usually hear him. The other day, I was doing an initial fitting for my daughters Halloween costume. Then someone rang the doorbell. Pretty weird because it was about 9am.
It was my neighbor. He said, “Hey, I just thought you might want to know, your little guy is at our house. He was running around in our yard and when I opened the door, he came in.”
Sorry, what?! You thought I “might want to know”??? (Don’t misunderstand, I was extremely grateful for him!)
I went over to his house to retrieve my little escapee, all the while trying to figure out how he got out the front door without me noticing.
We got home, I set him down, and he ran back downstairs. I grabbed my coffee then proceeded to follow him, when it hit me. He got out through the sliding door downstairs. Shit!! Sure enough, he was gone. I ran next door and he was just about to start pounding on their door. Luckily I have a very understanding neighbor with a little one of his own.
I texted my parents to let them know he has a fun new game. My mom got back to me and reminded me to be glad he’s safe and to not dwell on what could have been. Because it will make me crazy. She was so right. I was still shaking and on the verge of a freak-out.
Then my dad got back to me and said he was going to stop and get some locks to put around the house.
- A Deadbolt that requires a key.
The deadbolt we had before was super easy for his little hands to unlock. With our new
and incredibly mismatching one, we have to lock and unlock it with a key.
2. A Vinyl Window Lock for the sliding glass door.
.This one screws on at the top of the door stopping any attempt to move it open. It has worked great!
3. A Plastic Baby Gate in the sliding door.We’ve had this baby gate forever, but I use it as a gate on our stairs so I had never even thought of using it for the door. It fits great, and does the job.
Each one of these methods are kind of a pain. You have to remove each lock manually, or unlock with a key, but it is so worth it. Whatever it takes to keep my kid from running outside unsupervised. And whatever helps me sleep better at night. I suppose its all part of living with an unstoppable curious little person.
My son has been testing them out a lot and he gets pretty frustrated, but I will take a few extra tantrums a day over the neighbor saying, “hey, just thought you might want to know…” ever again.
Do you have a little escape artist too? What types of safety measures have you had to take at your house?
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