Annika has always been difficult to keep in her bedroom during naps and bedtime, well, especially since she stop sleeping in her crib and was moved to a bed. We have to keep her locked in her room because our bedrooms are on the 2nd floor and we're afraid she'll fall down the stairs in the dark.
When we first moved Annika to her toddler bed I turned her door knob around so we could lock her in. Our doors have handles though so pretty quickly she was able to break the door handle and get out!
Next we used a baby gate at her door. This has worked for the last year until Saturday.
We put Annika down for a nap around 2pm. She sleeps in a footed pajama that we zip up the back, because she's a nudist and likes to strip naked, take off her diaper and play in poop.....yeah...
About 20 minutes after we put her down for a nap we went outside to sit on the patio. I was facing the sliding glass door. Next thing I know a little naked body appears. Yep, Annika is not only out of her room but she is completely naked. We took her back upstairs and realized that she climbed the baby gate, went into our bedroom, somehow Houdini'd her way out of her pajamas, took off her diaper and came downstairs.
Then I wanted to see how she did it and she showed us:
So we gave up on nap time. Around 8pm we decided to put Annika to bed. We sat back on the patio again. 10 minutes later a naked body appears at the sliding glass door, laughing and dancing.
I dressed her, put her back in her room, Josh puts the baby gate up a little higher hoping she won't do it again.
About 20 minutes later I glance inside and realize that the living room light is on. So I go in to turn it off and naked Annika is sitting on the couch watching a movie. She got naked, climbed the gate, came downstairs, went into the DVD cabinet, picked out a movie (Over The Hedge, a bit ironic), figured out how to play the DVD and sat on the couch to watch it.
Then we gave up on bed time. I was afraid of her hurting herself climbing the gate so we ended up with her sleeping with us in bed.
Yesterday we went to Home Depot and bought a door knob that belongs on a front door. The side you use the key with is in her room so we can lock her in. We're keeping the spare key in her room, hidden, in case she tries to lock one of us in!
And last night she slept!
We figured out how she got naked too with the zipped in the back pajama. She stretched out the neck and pulled it down her body so today I ordered her two new pajamas from Old Navy, sneaky girl!