05 January 2011

A "tape trick" for keeping your kid in her room at bedtime


via www.prudentbaby.com

If you spend your evenings putting your kid back to bed (because he keeps getting up for water, potty breaks, etc.) this simple "tape trick" from Jaime at the lovely site Prudent Baby might just be the ticket. Your mileage will vary (as always) based the temperament of your kid.

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Can you link directly to the article? I can't find it on the site.

Thanks for the link! I was totally scratching my head, wondering how it worked. After reading about it, I think it's absolutely genius!

Thanks ToryG for providing the article. Very clever ;) Thanks for sharing!

We use a similar "hack" -- the 3 strikes and you are out rule -- 3yo son was having a tough time coping with an upcoming move and it was playing itself out with lots and lots and lots of trips out of bed. So we started the three strikes rule, he can get out of bed for ANY reason 3 times. Each time we reminded him it was his first, second or third strike. Worked like a charm and he rarely got to the third strike -- thankfully we never got to the fourth because I never did figure out what the consequences would be!

Thanks ToryG! I always link the photo and the little tiny "via" to the original article, but I obviously didn't make that very clear! I will do so in future. Sorry for the mixup.

Apart from the questions around whether or not this is a good idea, there is no way I am putting duct tape on my wood floors. No Freaking Way.

Painters' tape, yes. Duct tape, NO.

I clicked the Prudent Baby link ratherthan the "via" link and that's how I missed the real link too! :)

ha! Or on carpet. It leaves a lot of sticky goo.

My bigger issue with this is that it requires you to leave their door open. Which means then we have to be quiet. And I'd rather keep the door closed so I can watch TV. :)

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