At 21-months-old, my son thinks he's a man of the world. We live in a flat so it's hard not to bump into each other, much less lose a child. The other day I glanced down the hall past my husband and saw that the front door was open. Our lil guy had slipped out and was headed down the stairs. I asked him where he was headed and he replied, "I have to go. Bye-bye!"
Luckily, we have a gated tunnel entrance so the chance of him getting out to the sidewalk is slim to none, but we don't put anything past our pint-sized Houdini. Ten minutes later, he was out the kitchen door and down the back stairs to the yard. Such is life with an escape artist — you can close the windows and doors, but he eventually finds a way out so take precaution. To see our tips,
- Close and lock all doors.
- Install locks that turn opposing ways so they are harder to figure out.
- Install a deadbolt near the top of the door.
- Do not leave chairs, stools or small tables near doors.
- Set your alarm system so it sounds when doors are ajar.
- Talk to your children about the dangers of wandering out on their own.
- Keep your eyes on your kids as much as possible. If you have to cook in the kitchen, invite them to partake in the activity. When children are engaged, they are less likely to wander.