Originally Posted by bumbershoot
And that sort of thing works at, say, 2am when a child in an unfamiliar place is looking for an unfamiliar bathroom? Or gets scared and is trying to find family members?
Considering I've known *adults* to end up in rooms they didn't intend to be in, when extremely tired and in a new place, I think it's pretty odd to think that one's disciplinary skills will translate to a nearly sleepwalking person.
OP, I feel for you! We had a traditional family bedroom for many years, and it was quite a transition when DS started sleeping in his own room. The thought of him getting up in the middle of the night and maybe going out the main door of our condo instead of coming into the big bedroom to find us was simply terrifying for a good while. On vacation he has started to sleep on the pullout bed at times without a problem, but I still get nervous if I think about it. I have NO clue how my mom survived with her in the back of our house and my brother and I in the front, right near the front door...no idea! Nervewracking.
I wish you luck!
This says more about the parent's anxieties than it does about the proclivities of the child. If you're that anxious of a child not just opening a door, but undoing a safety latch in their 'near sleepwalking' state while trying to find a bathroom, then by all means do what you need to do. But what is the reality?I haven't heard of any children aimlessly wandering around resorts in the middle of the night. But maybe I just haven't been paying attention.
Leave a nightlight on it the bathroom. This will provide the necessary visual cues for any child in a strange environment. Heck, we do this ourselves so DH doesn't have to stumble over suitcases during his wee hours of the night visits to the bathroom (pun intended).
Unless this child is 'special needs' this is all molehills and mountains.