Okay, wondering what in the world I’m talking about? Well, let me just tell ya friend. Every toddler, usually around the age of two or three, decides they are going to learn a new trick. LOCKING DOORS!! Last weekend my sweet, loving two year old decided he was going to have solo adventure to the bathroom. I’ll be honest, I have three of these creatures and at one point in time or another, one or a few are out of sight [not out of the house, just in a different room, calm down helicopter mama]!
So, I’m just picking up here and there around the house. Next thing I know, my oldest comes to get me! More like runs to me and is screaming “Emmitt locked himself in the bathroom, BY HIMSELF”! I of course drop what I’m doing and run over. I’m desperately trying to coax him into unlocking the door, as is my five year old and all we are getting back in return is “I CAN’T!!”. I was just at the end of my rope, tried using a credit card, the whole nine yards. Apparently my B&E skill set needs major work! Finally after thirty minutes had past of this fiasco, he finally unlocked the door. To my surprise, the reason he “couldn’t” unlock the door wasn’t because he didn’t know how, it was because he had emptied an entire bottle of Jergin’s lotion on himself and was too greasy to turn the knob!
A few days later, I see on facebook that a friend of mine had been locked out of her house by her three year old [with her other two younger babes in the house], and it hit me! I think it’s time to hand out some tips on this topic!!
THREE TRICKS TO PREVENTING A TODDLER COUP
- Let’s start with the biggie! A hide-a-key!! It’s safe to say you should probably have one of these anyways, but just in case you find yourself in my sweet friends situation and your kiddo locks you out of the entire house, this will definitely solve that issue!!
2. For interior doors, such as bathrooms, use a large rubber band. Loop it once around the outside door knob, twist it once forming an X, and loop it back around to the inside door knob. This will keep the door from actually latching!
3. This one is a good idea for bedrooms! Doors that don’t necessarily have to close. Take a piece of a swimming noodle, cut a slit half was through it and place it at the top of the door, out of reach of the kiddos. I saw this life hack and I have to say, it is probably my favorite!
There you have it mamas!! Three easy, cheap fixes for when toddlers stage a coup!