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There are two things that need to be remembered when looking to childproof a door: In this guide, I will cover products that will solve the above two points for internal doors which are often opened and closed. For the more frugal of yo

There are two things that need to be remembered when looking to childproof a door:

In this guide, I will cover products that will solve the above two points for internal doors which are often opened and closed. For the more frugal of you, I have also included simple do-it-yourself guides to baby proof the internal hinged doors in your house.

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Whatever is behind a door is a lot more interesting to your baby than anything in the room it is currently in. A child by nature is curious. You may find that you need to use a locking mechanism on hinged doors to prevent unsafe exploration.

When choosing a product that prevents your baby from opening doors there are two questions you need to ask:

The answer to the first question is a little tricky. You will likely realize you are raising a devious genius when you try to prevent your little one from doing something, such as opening a door. Kids are clever. If one product or method of securing the doors doesn't work, do not get disheartened. Simply try another.

The second point is commonly overlooked. You will likely be using the door securing device for the majority of your child's early life. You do not want to choose a product that is going to frustrate you each and every time that you choose to open a door.

There are many different products available to baby proof the doors in your home. Some will be more suited to your situation than others. Some products will hold the door closed, while others will stop your baby from playing with the doorknob.

I cannot stress enough that if one product does not work for you then try another. Time and time again I will see a product halt a baby in its tracks only to have a different baby thwart it in minutes. Your babyis unique and special. Embrace it! What works for one will not work for another.

Styles:As picturedBrand: KidCo

I'll be honest and openly admit it, I am not a fan of doorknob covers and locks. Anything that your child can reach and fiddle with is just asking for trouble. That said, many mothers swear by them.

A doorknob lock will fit over your existing door knob. Different products will utilize different methods to prevent your child from using the doorknob. Most commonly they will rely on certain components needing to be pressed down upon in order to turn the knob. This typically can only be achieved with a larger hand or hands.

Styles:As picturedBrand: KidCo

Did the original builder of your house decide to use lever door handles? These handles are incredibly easy for an infant to open as they can be pulled down by bodyweight alone. Fortunately, there is a baby proof cover and lock designed just for lever handles.

Baby-proof lever handle covers work in a similar fashion to the ones above. The cover fits over the door handle and can be secured with adhesive tape. If you require a sturdier solution, screws are also included to fix the cover to the door. Be mindful that this will leave holes when the time comes thatbaby proofing is no longer required.

Styles:As picturedBrand:Door Monkey

The second product is known as the Door Monkey. Named after the "monkey tail" that holds your door in place by securing it to the door frame. The Door Monkey does not completely seal the door. Instead, it leaves a small gapcanvas throw pillow covers, allowing air to circulate between rooms.



The Door monkey can handle approximately 40 to 50 lbs (18 – 22 kg) before it becomes loose or breaks. Unless yourtoddler is the incredible hulk, he should be unable to generate enough force to break this.

Below is a video of the door monkey in action. If you are short on time, skip to 0:50 for the start of the demonstration.

Styles:As picturedBrand: Safety 1st

A closing door? This room is boring. Charge! I am pretty confident that this is exactly what goes through your childs head when they see a closing door. Usually, the first thing to enter the gap of a closing door are fingers. Ouch!

The most common way to prevent your little ones tiny fingers from getting bruised is through the use of a pinch guard. A pinch guard is essentially a piece of foam or plastic shaped like the letter U.

Pinch guards have the added bonus of preventing door slams. If your little pushes the door shut a little too hard, the pinch guard will prevent the door from slamming shut

The U piece is designed to sit on both sides of the door. It easily clips around the hinged side or lock side to prevent little fingers from getting caught.

Since the piece of foam will not prevent the door from completely closing, it is best used on doors that are a thoroughfare through the house and you want your baby to be able to enter and exit. Obviously, this means that these are unsuited for front and back doors that are to remain firmly closed to ensure your child's safety.

Whether you are just trying to save money or need a quick fix, there are plenty of solutions to baby proofing doors that can be made from household items

The following method allows your baby to still turn the door handle but should be unable to muster up enough strength to open the door. Unless you are raising little Hercules this method to stop a determined toddler from opening a door.

You will need: a washcloth or similar piece of material


While this method will not look as nice as a purpose-built product made to prevent door slams, it is simple and can be made using items just laying around the house. Perfect for safety-conscious parents on a budget.

You will need: An old towel, Masking tape


You will need: Cardboard, scissors, tape

Here is a quick and simple way to make your own doorknob lock, all you need is some cardboard and tape The idea behind this is that when your baby tries to open the door, they grab the cardboard which slides around, rather than turn the doorknob itself.

Jess Miller is a loving mother that wants to help other parents by giving them helpful parenting tips and reviewing the best products for their children to save them time, money, and hassle.

Tammy says

July 20, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Keep a door closed with a simple wash cloth

I am finding it hard to visualize this. Where exactly are we placing the wash cloth? Picture will be helpful.

I need this now!

Rachael says

March 30, 2017 at 6:53 am

This is genius and actually DOES work!!! You put it out of baby’;s height and the added friction keeps the door from easily opening. Ever had a door that swells when it’;s damp? Same concept.

Maria Cox says

August 1, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Nice stuff! you have explained every well. Great tips to Prevent fingers getting jammed in hinged doors. Thanks for posting!

Jess Miller says

August 2, 2015 at 12:04 am

Hi Maria,

Thanks for reading. You never realize just how dangerous doors can be until you have a child.

Keep being awesome!

Teresa Petersen Mendoza says

October 16, 2015 at 1:54 am

Hi! I wanted to thank you for the blog post. I have a blog myself and understand how putting things out there can be overwhelming. We are building a home with lever handles as the upgrade and have middle schoolers as well as a 2 year old (blended family). I’;m so appreciative of your info. I don’;t want to ruin the house doors with adhesive when we just built it. I’;m going to try the Door Monkey.

Thanks again!Teresa

Carolanne says

October 25, 2015 at 7:32 pm

Thank you so much for this! My special needs daughter has learned to bypass the round door knob safety cover —; and decides to run around the house at 4 AM. *Not* a good thing, for anyone.

But the door is very old (keyhole style) and I wasn’;t able to switch out the knob with one that has a lock (so I could simply reverse it for the lock to be on the outside). I was afraid I would have to jerry-rig some kind of door jam, bolted lock. That is, until I came across your idea for the damp washcloth. Brilliant and worked like a charm. My daughter is not too happy about it, though. =)

Samantha says

December 9, 2015 at 12:29 am

I have a single bi-fold pantry door. How can I keep my 15 month old from opening this? She can reach the know easily. Thank you!

Neha Khera-Sloane says

December 28, 2015 at 7:51 pm

I have two sets of spring doors that have those dummy knobs with spring loaded “;latches”; at the top of the door. Any ideas as to how to prevent my 2.5 yo from opening these door (and prevent him pinching his fingers)?

Bill Hays says

February 1, 2016 at 12:30 am

Nothing here that I can see that protects a child whose fingers may be between the door jam and door ON THE HINGE SIDE. This is by far the most dangerous aspect of a hinged door since this is the fulcrum on the doors movement and creates many times the force as between the door and jam on the lock side. There is a real risk of amputation on the hinge side of the door. Please address in the future.

Jenol McLinn says

April 24, 2016 at 6:47 am

I need to cover the glass on my french doors because of my grandkids.

Jenol McLinn says

April 24, 2016 at 6:48 am

How do I cover my french doors so that my grandkids don’;t break the glass?

Michael Lim says

May 8, 2016 at 1:17 pm

Simple, easy to follow DIY tips! Thanks!!

Margie says

September 1, 2016 at 11:18 pm

Hello! Can anyone suggest how to prevent a toddler from unlocking the thumb lock on a French handle door? My 2 year-0ld grandson can reach the lock and twice has unlocked it to allow a relative to enter…;and, believe it or not, then locks the door behind him. I am very alert to what he is doing, but these times I had to be out of the room for a minute to get his baby brother. Thank you!

Ben says

September 2, 2016 at 12:50 pm

Just thought I’;d add, for slamming doors, pool noodles work great! Cut a piece off, split it lengthwise and stick it over the edge of the door. We use them all over our house.

Chris says

November 20, 2016 at 7:12 pm

How do I child proof the front door and still be able to unlock and open it from the outside?

glenn says

April 5, 2017 at 12:29 am

Obviously written by some clueless wanttobe if the best u can come up with for doors with handles will leave holes!!! I could drill a latch bolt for better results if I wanted to permanently damage 20 doors in my house..

Jess says

April 10, 2017 at 9:46 pm

I suppose that makes us both clueless wanttobes if you couldn’t come up with a solution either :)

Holly says

May 3, 2017 at 9:19 pm

Any suggestions for bifold pantry doors?? I can’;t find any safety product that works for this type of door! I’;ve tried using elastic bands around the handles but the kids just pulled on them until they stretched out the bands enough to be able to open the doors anyway! Any suggestion would be appreciated!

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