20 March 2007

Add a homemade "alarm" to your bedroom door

An interesting twist on babyproofing (kid-proofing, really), from Leah:

I am a parent of a five year-old who is blind and nonverbal, but much sneakier than you might think. As we live in an apartment, we needed a cheap and non-damaging way to keep him away from certain areas (which really means keeping us aware that he's going into certain areas.) As he can outwit doors and gates and we have no way to lock our bedroom door, the solution we came upon was simple; we attatched a set of jingle bells (the bells on a strap kind that comes with those preschool rhythm-band-in-a-box sets) to the door. If he does as little as touch it the bells ring; they are loud enough to be heard, but not obnoxious, and easy to remove.

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We did something similar for our daughter.

She has always been a very independent little girl, which is good and bad. Good in that she would get up to go potty in the middle of the night without our help, Bad in that she would then sneak downstairs and help herself to whatever should could find in the cupboards and refrigerator.

I got a cheap metal wreath hanger and put it on her bedroom door. Then I hung a little set of wind-chimes on it. I bent the wreath hanger to an L-shape, to keep the chimes from scratching the door.

The sound is pleasant and quiet enough not to wake her little brother, yet it wakes me up so I can use my super-mommy hearing to make sure she is going right back to bed.

All in all, it cost less than $2, but the peace of mind it give me is priceless!

We did something similar for our daughter.

She has always been a very independent little girl, which is good and bad. Good in that she would get up to go potty in the middle of the night without our help, Bad in that she would then sneak downstairs and help herself to whatever should could find in the cupboards and refrigerator.

I got a cheap metal wreath hanger and put it on her bedroom door. Then I hung a little set of wind-chimes on it. I bent the wreath hanger to an L-shape, to keep the chimes from scratching the door.

The sound is pleasant and quiet enough not to wake her little brother, yet it wakes me up so I can use my super-mommy hearing to make sure she is going right back to bed.

All in all, it cost less than $2. The peace of mind it give me is priceless!

Thank you,

I'm going to do that for my autistic son (6). He's about to figure out the child-proof handles...

This is awesome!!! I have a fully capable 1 1/2yr old who is also much sneakier than I could have ever thought! Who would've thought I would've wanted her to be noisier... She's started to be able to get open door knobs (whole magazines in the toilet, my bras used as a hat, etc.) yet, if I could just get a headstart on her...

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