Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
Tell me the worst babyproof door knob cover
My rambunctious almost 2-year-old son learned to climb out of his crib a couple months ago. We put him in a toddler bed, which is great, except he feels no need stay in bed once he’s alone in his room.
There is one other small problem. He easily defeats the baby-proof plastic bulb gadget on his door knob. He grabs it with the full width of his hand from the side and pulls down. The door is often open in less than 10 seconds, and we don’t always hear it through our baby monitor.
No measure of discipline has worked, owing partly to his age and partly because with his not talking, it’s difficult to know what’s going on inside his head.
Bedtime now includes Dad lying on the floor next to Son until Son, or the both of us, fall asleep. For the first five minutes Son tries to ascertain whether Dad is still in the room and/or he fidgets to stay awake, causing Dad to give frequently instructions such as, “Son, put your head down,” “Son, close your eyes,” and so forth. Thankfully, the process is usually over within 10 minutes.
What really concerns me is the potential for my son to be wandering around the house unattended in the middle of the night or before we’ve woken in the morning.
My current escape management technique is to remove the baby monitor in his room from its recharging base and to strategically place it in near the inside edge of his bedroom door. When he climbs out of bed, he walks straight toward the glowing light, picks up the monitor, and tries in vain to put the misplaced monitor back on its charging station — because I’m blessed with one obsessive compulsive little guy.
His little hands running over the monitor’s microphone is more than enough to wake me.
This is all well and good, but what I really need is a ridiculously frustrating babyproof door knob gadget. By that I mean a gadget that makes it so difficult to open a door that parents hate the product because it’s parentproof. Perhaps a Thinga-reader has returned a lousy baby-proof door knob cover to a store, declaring them pure unadulterated evil. That’s the product I want to buy.
Defeated: Safety 1st Grip ‘N Twist (sold at Target and K-mart)
Defeated: Mommy’s Helper Door Knob Cover
Untested: Kidco Door Knob Lock
My son pushes the knob covers against the door knob and pulls down, essentially using the cover as a grip for the knob. I need a knob cover that doesn’t allow that to happen, or perhaps I need to retool all of the doors in my home with a less susceptible knob.