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Old 01-10-11, 09:05 PM   #1
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Kids, sleepwalking, and steepstairs...

We have a little one who sleepwalks. Her bedroom is at the top of some steep stairs. She's managed to come down them once but we decided we didn't want to risk it again. We put up a kiddie door for the stairs thinking that, in her sleep, she wouldn't be able to operate it. Tonight we found out we were wrong.

Here are our options at the moment.

1. Take the door down. It's freakin' annoying and she can open it anyway.

2. Leave the door up. It slows her down which may give us enough time to hear her and make it quick enough to stop her.

3. ??? Any ideas?
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Put an alarm on her bedroom door that will go off when she opens it?
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Put an alarm on her bedroom door that will go off when she opens it?
Don't know if we need to scare the bejeezus out of her.
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Don't know if we need to scare the bejeezus out of her.
I guess I shortened my message too much :-). A remote alarm that will go off on your bedside table, not one to scare her.
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I guess I shortened my message too much :-). A remote alarm that will go off on your bedside table, not one to scare her.
I was thinking loud siren. That would be kind of hilarious.

We may look into some sort of remote sensor thing, though.
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*edit* Ok...j/k
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Yikes. This sounds like a potentially dangerous situation. Have you discussed this with any experts in the field ... and what did they say?
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Can you put a lock or zip tie on the baby gate so she can't open it?
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downstairs bedroom?

My old roommate's brother was a sleepwalker, and apparently a violent one. Whenever he was in town, my roomie gave him his bed and slept on the floor between him and the door.
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My daughter used to sleep walk, I heard her get up, I went to check on her and could not find her. I found the kitchen door open, I ran outside looking up and down the alley, saw her coming out of a neighbors house. She woke up in her friends kitchen. Scared both of us.
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Close her door at nights, hang bells on the door knob on both sides and use a baby monitor so that it wakes you up if she opens her bedroom door. And zip tie the gate.
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What kid of gate did you put at the stairs? We use a 4-foot tall gate that even my mother in law can't get open.

Also, make sure you have locks very hight on the door so the kid can't reach up and unlock them without getting creative like bringing things over to stand on.
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We used to put a kiddie door in the doorway of our youngest sons' room to keep him from wandering out if he awoke and to keep the dogs out at night. Used a monitor on the bedside table to alert us if he was up. Might be worth a try to move your first line of defense to her doorway and add a a monitor of some sort.

Here is something along the lines of what we used.

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We have a little one who sleepwalks. Her bedroom is at the top of some steep stairs. She's managed to come down them once but we decided we didn't want to risk it again. We put up a kiddie door for the stairs thinking that, in her sleep, she wouldn't be able to operate it. Tonight we found out we were wrong.

Here are our options at the moment.

1. Take the door down. It's freakin' annoying and she can open it anyway.

2. Leave the door up. It slows her down which may give us enough time to hear her and make it quick enough to stop her.

3. ??? Any ideas?

Is she old enough that she uses the bathroom on her own at night? If not, an eye-hook and latch high up on the outside of the bedroom door will take care of it. You'll hear her banging away as she tries to open it. ;-)
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Yikes. This sounds like a potentially dangerous situation. Have you discussed this with any experts in the field ... and what did they say?

Experts? Kids do this all the time. My daughter does, a couple of times per year. They outgrow it. It's not exactly a big deal, as there are scads of way of handling it.
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Any kind of permanent closure on the gate or any door is a fire hazard. Don't do that. The best thing you can do is try to slow them down. Find out what the kid is after in their sleep. They're probably looking for something, or going to a specific place. Do what you can to deter that particular action.

The subconscious is a powerful thing, if the kid falls once, I doubt it will ever happen again. You just have to hope that first fall is a minor one.
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Experts? Kids do this all the time. My daughter does, a couple of times per year. They outgrow it. It's not exactly a big deal, as there are scads of way of handling it.
They don't all outgrow it. I had a boyfriend in University who would do it when he got stressed. It was scary trying to keep a strong guy from hurting himself.
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Sure, but when 99.999999% of them do outgrow it, it's not worth worrying about. ;-) I don't think I know any people whose kids haven't gone sleep-walking at least a few times.
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Any kind of permanent closure on the gate or any door is a fire hazard. Don't do that. The best thing you can do is try to slow them down. Find out what the kid is after in their sleep. They're probably looking for something, or going to a specific place. Do what you can to deter that particular action.

The subconscious is a powerful thing, if the kid falls once, I doubt it will ever happen again. You just have to hope that first fall is a minor one.
Every time she's up, we talk to her. It's just a dream for her. Sometimes she's after coherent things and sometimes she doesn't know why she's up. I don't see any fall being minor on those steps. They're nasty but it's what we have to deal with for the next 6 months or so.

Locking her door isn't an option as she's old enough to use the bathroom if she needs it. I really don't like the idea of locking the gate, either. All of the bedrooms are up there and <3 and I go up there pretty often after the kids go to bed. It would certainly be more of a nuisance than it already is and if, for some reason, we need to get downstairs quickly, it could pose a major problem.

We've been fortunate so far in that her sleepwalking happens while we're both awake. I think we'll look into some sort of monitor for her, I think.
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Is there a place on the lower floor she can sleep?
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