Toddler proofing question

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Toddler proofing question

So this is Ronin's big boy room ( obviously the mattress will be on the floor for awhile becase the bed is so high. The problem is the windows, they are like all our other screened windows in this house, the screens slide so we can open the windoes. The room is like a sauna if the windows aren't open and when he goes in there the door will have to be closed because it leads onto hubby's 'room of doom' and we can't find a baby gate that is big enough for the doorway (double door). There is also another door in here that leads to the patio but I am fine with that because it loscks and is dead bolted top and bottom. How would you toddler proof the screens?

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Well, I do love all the windows! Pretty!
Will he pretty much only be in there for sleeping? Is there a way for you to peek in on him without opening the door? I really don't know what to do about screens and window and would be more apt to just watch how he does.

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Yeah mostly for sleeping, but seeing as he doesn't sleep thats where my issue lies. I will have curtains up eventually, which could go either way he will ignore the windows because he won't see them or the wind will blow them and he will want to play around there. I could use the baby monitor again but it dives me insane because it blips pretty much everytime he rolls over.

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How tough is the screen material? I think your main concerns are 1) him opening the screens himself and 2) him throwing himself out the screened windows. That's quite a drop down to the ground below, correct? I think it requires a bit more than average toddler proofing. My mind immediately jumps to him being 3-4, jumping on his bed, and throwing himself into the screen. I wouldn't rely on getting to him the second he wakes up from now until he's trustworthy. I'd also not want to be unable to leave him in his room awake and unsupervised. I'd invest now in tough screen material and latches on the screens so that he can't slide them open himself. They make THESE that you can screw onto the window tracks so that little hands can't open them as easily. We have them on the bottom of our large screenless sliding windows. You might be able to put them on the top track just as easily. They screw on and off easily enough so you'd be able to run up and close the windows quickly in the event of an unexpected storm.

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Oh man. Love the windows but I don't even have a single idea on how to secure those screens.

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That bed will probably be moved out by the time he is 3 or 4, I think it's a bit girly but that may just be because it was mine. I haven't even checked how tough the screening is, but will look into it.

Our house is mostly that style of window Joy, we only have about 4 or 5 windows that aren't that style.

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Maybe you could get sheets of plexiglass and srew them to the bottom portion of the windows, inside or out.

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The windows would't be able to be closed then, they latch in, and there are times when they need to be closed.

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No advice for the screens but you could try to replace the windows with the double hung that open and tilt at the top. Im sure it would be expensive to replace so many get a price now while he is younger for the future!