We all know toddlers can be noisy little creatures – but can you imagine having the police turn up on your doorstep, because of the ruckus? A mum has revealed her neighbours have called the cops on her child, and are threatening to continue calling the law, if her three-year-old doesn’t pipe down.

She says they have threatened to have a police officer at her door every night for a noise complaint. The mum took to the internet to reveal the letter left by her angry neighbours.

“Neighbour left this note on my door because my toddler runs around during his bedtime routine at 8:30 pm,” the mum explained.

“The thing is, they called the police once before and all the officer said was, ‘Oh I have twin girls! Have a goodnight’. Like what do they want them to do? Arrest a toddler? They’re literally going to be wasting police resources on a mum with a 3 year old, our police department is already severely understaffed.”

The note reads:


We have communicated before about the running multiple times before, unfortunately this will be the last attempt.

If you don’t get it under control you will have an officer at your door each night for a noise complaint. You have the opportunity to change this outcome, as to if you do or not, is entirely up to you.

The mum says she hasn’t ignored her neighbour’s requests, and tried to minimise the noise made by her son. But, of course, kids will be kids.

“We’ve done everything to combat the noise. He doesn’t even make noise past 9pm because that’s his new bedtime and he’s in his room. Originally he was going to bed at 9:30pm but we started putting him in there an hour earlier so he’d be settled in sooner because we felt bad.

“We suspect my son has autism so we can’t just tell him to be quiet, he genuinely doesn’t understand commands. I’m beyond frustrated and we have tried to be accommodating but at this point, they seem to want me to strap my 3 year old down or carry him while we do his bedtime routine. They’ve both showed up at my door at 10pm to complain at least twice already.

“We’ve already spoken with the office. Noise ordinance hours start at 10pm! He’s asleep by then so we are doing nothing wrong. At this point we just have to let them call.”

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  • What a waste of police resources. Anyone who has had a child knows how much energy they have. Instead of complaining maybe the neighbours could know on the door and ask if you he parents needed a hand.


  • The neighbour may need to invest in noise-canceling ear phones. Have they never had a child?
    It’d be hard to wear out a toddler when you don’t have a large yard, so running before bed is likely better than toddler screaming all night!


  • Wow, that neighbour needs to get a life and keeps his/her nose out of your life. Hopefully the police have a word to them after a few of their complaints and make them look like fools.


  • People need to stop having petty disagreements and just enjoy a life of happiness, peace, tolerance and making our world a much better place for the next generation.


  • I like the response of the police officer :)


  • I can understand both sides to be honest…It is not ideal when you don’t have kids to have to listen to other people kids. But also it is what it is, as long the timing is reasonably there is nothing to stress about. You could try to insulate the wall that it is between the apartments to help a bit.


  • These neighbours are not all tolerant and have no idea how children with disabilities are, their parents are often at a loss of what to do with them. I have a child with similar needs and it is very difficult to stop them from making noise.


  • I have to say I think 9.30pm is too late a bedtime for a 3 year old, But noise at 8.30pm isn’t unreasonable, although it might be a tad annoying every night. I doubt the police will respond repeatedly.


  • I think 8:30pm is not too late and can sympathize with the parents being offended receiving a note. Toddlers are loud and can be hard to control but if you live in an apartment complex I think you have to try and be extra considerate of your neighbours. Kids make a lot of noise its a fact, but if there is a consistent misbehaviour, eg running at night which is disrupting neighbours then that behaviour has to be controlled somehow.


  • I understand from both sides but 8.30 is not late, the police won’t continue to come if it’s before noise restrictions. Children can be difficult, I don’t understand how much noise that it’s making though!


  • The Police need to have a word with them about nuisance complaints. It will get to the point that they won’t even bother coming out.


  • It sounds like the parents are doing all they can now to be considerate. In the first instance I probably would have been a little annoyed if the noise was at 9.30/10pm as that’s when I’m going to bed. It sounds as though they need to work on bedtime as 8.30pm is still on the late side for a 3yr old. But seriously though, who in their right mind calls the police over a kid running around?

    • Yes, I’m a 9 o’bed type of person too. Earplaugs are helpful when you feel bothered by sounds.


  • These neighbours need to remember that noise happens. The only thing these neighbours can do is move out. They obviously have super sensitive hearing. Hope this is resolved soon. You never know, the police could turn up at their door for wasting police time. I hope things settle down soon for your own peace of mind


  • Oh wow. Some people are dealing with neighbours blasting their stereos and partying all night and then there’s the one complaining about a toddler running at 830pm.? Surely there’s more to this….. Poor police :(


  • Wow! I’m curious as the noise a child running makes. My son is on the spectrum and there will have been times when the neighbourhood would have thought I was killing my son when he was in the middle of a full-blown meltdown, that was out of my control and very hard to manage. Some empathy and kindness would work well.


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