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#1 F1widow

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:15 AM

Do your kids sleep with the door to their room opened or closed? Why?

We have a 2yo DD and live in a 2BR apartment. When DD goes to bed in her cot, the door is closed, it's been like this since she went to sleep in her own room at 4 months. We never had a monitor.

I guess when she is TT and in a bed we will probably open her door when we go to bed so she can get up in the middle of the night to pee but until then door closed all night.

Just curious.

#2 i-candi

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:17 AM

We sleep with our door closed or the dog will wake us early with a big lick to our face. DS 13 has started to sleep with door shut and no light, when little he had to have a light on. DD 10 it depends, she wouldn't go to sleep last night so I made her shut her door - this sends her straight to sleep as she is  bored I suppose.

#3 lozoodle

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:20 AM

Usually open, we all do. I find the room gets less stuffy.

#4 miinii

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:23 AM

all doors open. I dont think i could sleep if any of the doors were closed out of fear i wouldnt hear them if she woke upset or sick during the night.

#5 Guest_AllegraM_*

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:25 AM

DS's room is opposite ours and in line of sight and we slept with both our doors open for the first 12 months. We have started closing them now and using a monitor because we are currently using our air cond and our cat, who for some reason really likes DS, was going into his room and bringing him presents that she had caught around the house at night. Mainly spiders amd geckos and on one memorable time when DH did not close her cat flap for the night, a rat.

DS does not mind at all and is a heavy sleeper. I am glad because it means when he goes into a bed he will be used to his door being shut and won't be able to wander at night.

#6 2anewme

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:25 AM

always door open.  I cant fathom not being able to get to them in an emergency.  It gives me peace of mind to know that I can hear them.

My little one also wanders into our room at various times in the night half asleep and just goes straight back to sleep - it would be a different story if she walked into a closed door!

#7 tick

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:26 AM

In our old place I shut the doors because otherwise DD1 would have woken from the kitchen and living room noise. New place has bedrooms at the other end of thr house so they're all left slightly open and I open them more when I go to bed to increase airflow and so I can hear if anyone wakes.

#8 KDA

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:29 AM

Depends on her mood. Most times its closed, I do try to leave it ajar but sometimes it just fully closes, and sometimes she wants it open.

#9 ChunkyChook

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:30 AM

DD has her door pulled closed but not shut properly and then I open it when I goto bed.
My bedroom door is never shut.

#10 tres-chic

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:31 AM

The boys (4 and 6) have their door ajar so they can see the light from the lit room next to theirs.

DD (2) has her door shut and a dark room as it's been that way since she was a baby and that's what she's used to. Our rooms are close together so no problems with not hearing her and she gets out and comes in to us if she needs us.

#11 Therese

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:31 AM

We have a small house so if doors were left open the noise travels really easily. So doors closed until we go to bed and then they are opened half way.

#12 Lainskii

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:31 AM

Closed with a monitor as we have two cats and it s still too risky to leave the door open. The bedrooms are upstairs so it is safer anyway for now.

#13 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:35 AM

Always door open, until kids reached teenage years and now sleep behind closed doors.

#14 71Cath

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:41 AM

DS is 13 and has started closing his door in the last 6 months.  DD (9) and I both leave ours open.

#15 Kay1

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:44 AM

Baby's room is shut or the noise of the other kids wakes him.

The older two vary. Sometimes they want their door shut (to make it dark so they can see their glow in the dark stars) other times open. We always sleep with our door open.

#16 InsertAwesomeHere

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:44 AM

We have a small house but sleep with all the doors open.

I couldn't sleep if any of the doors were shut out of fear I wouldn't be able to get in or out to get to the kids.

#17 Baroness Bubbles

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:46 AM

Currently open, and will stay that way until she wants it shut. My door, however, i had to train myself to sleep with it open once i moved lol

#18 iheartu

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:50 AM

Always closed... Small house, a light sleeper and wandering pets.

Also DH is a shift worker so can be wandering the house at all times of the night and early morning depending which week/shift he's on.

I'm not sure I understand not closing then due to emergency, I don't lock them the door just pull it shut...

#19 ~Supernova~

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:53 AM

We all sleep with our doors open, I just feel better being able to hear them more clearly.

#20 Jane Jetson

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:56 AM

Closed. Our hearing must be good because we can hear them through the door when they get up!

#21 BadCat

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:58 AM

DD has always been a door closed, or mostly closed, kind of kid.  Now at 14 it's closed on all but the hottest nights.

DS opens or closes it on a whim.  He doesn't like to be too predictable.  He's 12.  I expect it will be closed every night soon enough.

DH and I sleep with the door open.  If we closed it the cat would go berko and I would imagine all sorts of horrors lurking on the other side (stupid brain).

#22 glasnost

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:59 AM

I have heard of some families sleeping with their doors closed in case there is a fire (the closed doors reduce the heat/smoke which will enter the bedroom).

We have doors open in our house and it was always the same when I was growing up, even when we were teenagers.

#23 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:02 AM

QUOTE (F1widow @ 17/01/2013, 08:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Do your kids sleep with the door to their room opened or closed? Why?

We have a 2yo DD and live in a 2BR apartment. When DD goes to bed in her cot, the door is closed, it's been like this since she went to sleep in her own room at 4 months. We never had a monitor.

I guess when she is TT and in a bed we will probably open her door when we go to bed so she can get up in the middle of the night to pee but until then door closed all night.

Just curious.

Kids bedroom door has always been open.  Not necessarily open the whole way (depends on light from other rooms), but not closed/shut such that you need to turn a handle to open the door.  When DH gets up early in the morning (5am), he will shut the kids bedroom door so that he doesn't wake them up too early.

Before DH and I moved in together, my bedroom door was always closed (share apartments/houses).  Once DH and I moved in together, bedroom door open.  It helps with air movement through the house.

#24 happygurl06

Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:12 AM

Kids- closed to got to sleep then I open on my way to bed.

Us- closed (locked) when the mood takes us but open to sleep.

#25 WhatWouldBuffyDo

Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:13 AM

All doors open here. When the kids get older, they can choose. When DD2 hits 4 or 5, DH and I will start closing our door (maybe not all the way but most of), for privacy because all the rooms are fairly close together.

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