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wondering how many close their dc's bedroom door at night when it is bedtime? my dd starts off in her bed but i dont close the door not even cracked open a little but i hate closed doors wondering what you do
 

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I've always closed Rachel's door at bedtime. As long as she was in her crib, I would open ti when I went to bed. Now I don't. She seemed to get up & come in with me shortly after I went to bed, and sometimes I want time to read or play games games on my palm pilot before I go to sleep. She gets up,usually around 3 am, I think, and opens her door and comes in with me. That works well.<br><br>
She's 22 months. If she couldn't open her door, I would open it at least a crack before I went to bed. If nothgin else, I don't wanna have to get up unless I really have to, so it's better if she comes to me. I wouldn't want her getting scared if she couldn't get out of her room. Luckily she can.
 

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Growing up we always had our doors shut all the way. My understanding that it is safer that way in case of fire.<br><br>
Nightlights could help a child navigate to mama's room; a monitor could help mama sleep better still being able to hear child despite closed doors.
 

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I always do. I have to, because if it's open, even if it's closed but not latched complely, DS's cat will get in and walk on him. I don't know why he does that, but he wakes DS up every time. I don't know what I'm going to do when we move - the apartment we're looking at is a 1-bedroom and DS will be sleeping in a converted breakfast nook with a curtain for a door.
 

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I close DD1's door. She's too easily awakened by little sounds to have the door open. I sleep right across the hall, with my door open , so I can hear her fine if she calls out. And she knows how to open her own door if she wants to come out.
 

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We close it. He's too sensitive to the noise and we have 2 dogs. He's 2.5 but we keep a baby monitor in there still, so I know when he wakes up or needs one of us (although usually now he just comes out and looks for me, he used to just get up and play in his room)
 

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My dd wants her door closed so we close it. She can open the door and I can usually hear her if she is up even if she doesn't open the door.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Growing up we always had our doors shut all the way. My understanding that it is safer that way in case of fire.<br></div>
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Closed doors will slow down a fast moving house fire <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We close their door because I've found it helps the older two go to sleep faster.
 

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I intended to close the door when DD started sleeping in her bed, but I wound up leaving it open a crack. I have mixed feelings about this, though.<br><br>
I'm not keen on the idea of her wandering around the house in the middle of the night on her own. But I also don't like basically locking her in her room (she can't open the door herself yet). I want to be able to peek at her so having the door open a crack works well. Plus when (someday!!!) she starts using the bathroom at night she'll need to be able to come and go.<br><br>
So far the only place she's "wandered" to is right into our room, so thus far it's okay...
 

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I always leave DSs door open by an inch or so so if he wakes in the night I will hear him better. Although as his cot is right by the door it probably doesnt make much difference as he can reach the handle & pull it open anyway! But I quite like being able to lie in bed listening to him snuffling (or snoring!) - reassures me a lot & makes me feel closer to him (we dont co-sleep unless he wakes up in the night).<br><br>
I hadnt thought of the fire risk tbh...but we have smoke detectors so they would wake us in the event of a fire before it took hold anyway.
 

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OT but I saw a news report not too long ago aboutthe number of people who sleep through smoke detectors and the amount of time it takes for people to wake up. One family took over 15 minutes to be up and out, they likely would have died from smoke inhalation.<br><br>
Closing the doors it just an extra precaution.
 

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DS sleeps in our room, but before I go to bed the door is pushed to.<br><br>
Ditto, I heard shut doors are better in case of a fire.
 

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I have done both depending on DS's needs at the time. The one thing that I was told to do when the fire department did a blitz for smoke detectors is that if a door is closed at night to a room there has to be a smoke detector in that room. That is because if a fire started in that room with the door closed it would take a lot longer for the smoke detector to go off in the hallway. I hope that make sense.
 

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If I didn't close her door then little brother would be in there bugging her since he goes to sleep after her.
 

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This is a little OT, but goes along with what folks are saying about smoke alarms and fire---<br>
you NEED to see this:<br><a href="http://www.kidsmartcorp.com/" target="_blank">http://www.kidsmartcorp.com/</a><br><br>
After we saw this--we bought VOICE activated smoke alarms--one to replace all of the other regular smoke alarms.<br>
And no, I don't work for this company or any other--and we bought these on eBay but you can get them just about anywhere.
 

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Its true - kids totally sleep through smoke detectors. How I dont know but they do. If you had a monitor in that room it would wake you up via the monitor.
 

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We close the doors. I still keep a monitor in both of their rooms.
 
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