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or completely paranoid in keeping baby's window shut at night?

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Alphabetsy · 28/04/2011 20:49

House in safe and quiet area. 1 year old's room overlooks back garden with flat roof below it. Garden backs onto woodland with an alley to wood next to it. I know the chances are miniscule but can't help worrying someone could climb in and take or hurt baby without us hearing (we have baby monitor but don't always wake up unless proper crying) DC thinks I'm BU and bonkers to keep windows shut in nice weather!

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howdoyoueatyours · 01/05/2011 19:42

HellNo - that will be partly because those kind of crimes happen extremely rarely and partly cos most people have some kind of restraint on their windows or keep them closed when they have kids.
I have, unfortunately heard of toddlers falling from windows. The safety catches are so cheap and easy to fit - why would anyone not bother?

skybluepearl · 01/05/2011 23:16

having been broken into 3 times many moons ago (ex house in town) - i agree in not opening windows at night. i wouldn't be able to sleep. best just leave baby with fewer clothes - or move him to a cooler room.

WhiteBumOfTheMountain · 01/05/2011 23:28

Hellno there have been quite a few prominent cases actually!

vmcd28 · 02/05/2011 12:43

There are very few cases of baby snatching because most people don't leave their babies' windows wide open.
Leaving a window open above a flat roof, when the house backs on to woodland and an alleyway would be reckless, whether or not there was a baby in the room

Notsohotanymore · 02/05/2011 14:18

Yanbu.Better to be safe than sorry.Once its happened,its too late.I am with you.If your dh thinks its too hot,get a fan.

wotnochocs · 02/05/2011 17:29

Yabu to worry about someone getting in - I'd be a lot more worried about a 1 yr old climbing out.

Cristiane · 02/05/2011 17:36


Ys, make sure children can't fall out if windows

But seriously... Where will you draw the line? Do you have a bodyguard? Someone could always run up and snatch your buggy and knock you out when you are out and about... If you are that worried about your kid being snatched Hmm

I would HATE to have to sleep with a closed window

Do you keep your own window closed?

allbie · 02/05/2011 17:54

You can have windows that you can lock open leaving a small gap. I completely understand where you are coming from. I would worry about it to. I'd rather be called paranoid than sorry when the totally unthinkable actually happened.

howdoyoueatyours · 02/05/2011 20:21

Cristiane I personally draw the line at t\king all practical safety measures. I think fitting locks on windows fits the bill but not locking myself in the house 24/7 in case someone knocks me out and snatches the kids.

springbokdoc · 02/05/2011 23:25

YANBU. The fact that it is not overlooked would be concerning - more from a burglary POV though. Our baby's room faces a busy front road with a porch roof in front of it. When it was really hot, I wanted to leave his window open. My DH (who is a scene of crime officer) was dead against and point blank refused as he gets called to a lot of scenes where that is how people have been broken into (not for baby satching reasons obviously!). This from a man who was entirely happy to have our front door open whilst we pottered around the house/garden (ds with me all the time) until I realised that the world could see into my messy house.

waterrat · 03/05/2011 09:10

YANBU. baby stealing unlikely, burglary not at all unlikely. I used to work in a magistrates court - burglary is so common and 90 per cent of it is done on the spur of the moment - ie. burglar looking for easy access.

meret99 · 06/05/2011 18:55

You are absolutely right to worry - its always easy to be wise after the event, as someone said and you don't want that event to be a kidnapping, do you? Why not get pretty wrought iron grills, fastened very securely from the inside, driven deep into the walls, with no chance of the grills getting unscrewed at leisure while you are asleep? There are enough cases of babies being snatched while everyone is asleep or away to make your case very strong.

microserf · 06/05/2011 19:25

YANBU. I feel the same way. You are more likely to get burgled than have the baby snatched though, but I remain convinced there are always babynappers around. That sounded a bit sarcastic, i do actually really worry someone will take the kids if i leave them for a second. Dh also thinks i am nuts.

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