Originally Posted by caedmyn
I'm the OP. The only windows I can see the backyard from are in the kitchen, and I can't see much from them. I can go out on the back deck (which is off the kitchen) and see most of the yard. I don't know how much I'll be able to hear in the back yard even with a window open (it's still winter here) since the house is on a daylight basement and so the kitchen is basically on the second story...plus the neighbors' kids behind us jump on their trampoline all day when they're not in school and they are VERY loud.
I was just daydreaming about my soon-to-be-fence and thought of something that might
work for you. My daughter is almost the exact same age as yours and she has been really good about staying on the patio at her sand table. She has never wandered off and it's not like I had to be harsh about or anything but just asked her to stay there.
I know all kids are different, so this might not work for your daughter, but maybe you could just let her play in a certain designated part of the yard and set up some kind of visual boundary she would know not to go past like row of pavers or a couple of flower pots...maybe some of that yellow caution tape
. You could put her toys in that area so she wouldn't feel the need to wander.
Just a thought. If you aren't comfortable, by all means listen to that. I'm not trying to pressure you. But my son is almost the same age as yours too, so I know it can be tough sometimes to get everyones needs met and giving the bigger kid a little freedom outside while you nurse the baby or do the dishes or whatever can be really nice.