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How To Prevent Toddlers Playing With Doors - Childproofing With Door Monkeys

Updated on October 26, 2014

A review for one of the best and useful childproofing devices

Are you worried about your toddlers playing with the doors all the time and hurting their fingers? I have found that using door monkeys is the best way to prevent this easily and effectively.

Door monkey is a childproofing device that helps you to keep your little kids away from manipulating the doors of your home, and thus prevents them from cutting their finger accidentally.

I have to say I love this product. In fact it was a life saver for me. When my first child started walking, he loved playing with the doors and pinched his fingers twice. Also there was a risk that he might get locked inside. It was not an age when he could remember if something was not safe for him, and I had to constantly watch if he is putting his hands in between the doors. I tried a lot to find a solution for this problem, and finally I found the door monkeys from amazon.

If you stay at your own home, you can find a permanent solution by getting new latches for your doors which your child cannot access. That is what I am trying to do now with my younger child. But this was not possible for me with my first one since I was staying in a rented house at that time, where I was not allowed to make such modifications.

The good thing with door monkeys is that you can easily install them in any standard 1.38″ thick door without the help of any extra tools and you can remove them whenever you want to. Just make sure that you put it in a height your child can’t reach.

You can also easily carry the door monkeys with you while you are traveling and even use them in the grandparent’s home or your friend’s home if you want. There will be a partial opening once you put the door monkey in the door, which helps with air circulation. In case your child is sleeping inside the room, by putting the door monkey in the door you can make sure your child won’t close the door from inside and get locked inside in case he wakes up. I used door monkeys for the bedroom as well as the bathroom. The only thing that you may need to make sure is if the product suits your door type.

Door monkey was one of the best products I ever purchased to childproof my home and it helped me a lot by giving me some peace of mind when my toddler was running and playing around!

A video from YouTube that demonstrates the use of door monkeys

If you are trying to avoid your toddler from playing with your front door, it is best to install a child gate there, which is what worked for me.

Do you try to childproof your home when young kids are around?

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    • VioletteRose profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks FlourishAnyway!

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      3 years ago from USA

      I've never heard of this before! Thanks for sharing information on this useful product. Parents of little ones (and grandparents!) will find it most useful!

    • VioletteRose profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Dolores Monet, so sorry for the late reply. I agree, keeping dangerous things away from the kids is definitely the first step towards childproofing. When it came to the doors, this one helped me a lot.

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I wasn't much on using plastic thingies to childproof when my kids were little, just moved dangerous stuff way out of reach. But those big doors drove me crazy, worrying about those tiny fingers...what a cool idea!

    • VioletteRose profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks DDE :)

    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting and very helpful indeed. You made your points very smartly.

    • VioletteRose profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you teaches12345, thanks so much for reading!

    • VioletteRose profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks AliciaC, it is really very useful!

    • VioletteRose profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks DreamerMeg, yes these make things easier!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      This must be a fairly new product for child safety. I like how it prevents a child from locking himself and allows air circulation. I only wish I had this when my son was a toddler.

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I've never heard of a door monkey before. What a useful device!

    • DreamerMeg profile image


      4 years ago from Northern Ireland

      It's always useful to find something that makes life easier with young children.


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