If you have or know anyone with toddlers, you’ll want to know this one good tip for when toddlers start locking doors!
I truly can’t believe that Nugget is 6 years old and Chi-Chi is 5! It seems like yesterday that these two munchkins were 2 babies under 2 years old. Recently, a family friend had her first baby and it made me think about all the tips and tricks that I’ve learned being a new mom, balancing family roles, and raising two children so close together. It was during this time of hectic mommyhood that I first learned about mommy blogs. I even thought about starting my own! Then quickly learned that I couldn’t chronicle my mommy life with two babies and keep my sanity. So, I feel that now is a good time to look back at all the tips and tricks that I’ve learned and share them as One Good Tip Thursday!
When Toddlers Start Locking Doors
Today, I’m sharing a really good tip that I learned very early when the kiddos were toddlers who loved locking doors. Both Nugget and Chi-Chi loved locking doors, but it was Chi-Chi who really freaked out when she would lock herself in. So I had to work pretty fast to open the doors. All of the rooms have privacy door knobs. These are the kind that you turn the little lock on the inside of your door. On the other side, you have a slit in the middle of the door.
When you have a child that has locked themselves in their room, it can be quite nerve wracking. My kids would lock themselves in the bathroom at times and I worried about them getting into bath products they shouldn’t be touching or making a mess of toilet paper, toothpaste, etc. Though I locked up all of the cleaning chemicals, I left their bath time products in a basket near the tub. It only takes one time for bubble bath to be sprayed all over the floor and walls for me to get this one good tip in place.
What I learned rather quickly, was that leaving a coin at the top of the door moulding would ensure that I had the right item to open the doors immediately. If the kids happen to lock their door, I reached up and used the coin to open the door. The coins have remained there too! It’s been very useful to open doors even as they are older. I will also add that this tip is ESPECIALLY helpful when your teen has locked the bathroom door for hours, because she has to put on her makeup. Yes, I am at both ends of the spectrum here. Two little school aged kiddos and a very girly teenager.
Now this tip may also work if you have key lock doors. I used to pick locks with a hair pin all of the time at my parent’s house. Instead of leaving a coin, leave a bobby or hair pin atop of the door frame. Should you fear any ingestion of the coin or pin, be sure to tape or velcro to secure the coin/pin to the top of the door frame. I’ve knocked down the coin a few times dusting the door frames and luckily my kids were never ones to ingest non-food items. However, I strongly encourage you to use a securing method if you do have a toddler who does.
Hoping this tip (and the many more to come!) makes your parenting life easier. It sure helped me! Be sure to share this tip with a new or current parent by pinning and sharing this post! Do you have any good tips for when toddlers start locking doors? Please share them in the comments below and let’s make parenting a little easier for all!