I'm sorry if this appalls you, parent or non-parent, it's simply a reality for me at this point.
Once Aias turned 2, keeping the door open became more a matter of being able to listen to what trouble he may be getting into around the apartment. I'm deaf in one ear so anything that enhances my ability to hear is a good thing; in this case, it's leaving the bathroom door open. Generally he plays alone very well in his room and in the living room, but I worry a bit about the kitchen since it's an open space and while babyproofed relatively well, it's not 100% padded. The kitchen is visible to me 99% of the time, the 1% of the time it's not is because I'm in the washroom.
Now I should mention that I only keep the door open if it's just myself and Aias at home, sometimes Morgan. Of course, Morgan often gives me a rough time about this so I try to make sure to close it when he's hanging out with Aias in the living room or whatever. In the event that Morgan is holed up in our bedroom working on something, it's fair game to leave the bathroom door open as far as I'm concerned. Someone's gotta listen for the kid!
So judge away at how horrible this habit is, but let me just show you some validation first. Several weeks ago I was sitting in the living room putting a puzzle together with Aias when nature called. I went to the bathroom to pee and left the door open (of course!). About 5 seconds later I heard a stool being pushed across the living room floor, then the kitchen floor... I immediately cut it short, washed my hands, and walked into the kitchen to this:
Yes. Aias had pushed a stool into the kitchen, up against the kitchen counter, climbed up, opened the cabinet that contains the glasses and some food, and got himself a mug! For what? I don't know. And YES, those are knives on the counter! AND YES THAT'S THE STOVE!!!
THIS IS WHY I LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN WHEN I PEE!!!
I maintain that I wouldn't have heard this with the door closed.
Please also note that I took the time to take a photo of this.
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