Prudent Baby, a parenting blog, offers this trick to encourage your young child (older toddler or pre-school) to stay in bed at night instead of wandering around the house. First, place three lengths of colored tape that align with the nursery door mostly closed, halfway open, and mostly open:
Explain the rules to the kiddo. Tell them they are a big kid now, and big kids use the tape system. At bedtime, the door will be wide open, aligned to the first piece of tape. The first time he/she leaves her room (for anything other than an actually necessary trip to the potty), the kiddo will be returned to bed, and the door will be closed halfway, aligned to the second piece of tape. The second time he/she leaves her room, she'll be sent right back to bed, and the door will be closed further, to just a crack, aligned with the third piece of tape. If Mr./Mrs. Cranky Pants leaves their room a third time, the door is going to be shut all the way. Make sure they understand the rules and act it out.
Do you think this would work?
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