Monday, June 2

such a knob

Life is over in Casa Bump as we know it.

She knows how to use doorknobs.

Our sanctuary is gone. No more hiding in my room. No more showers in privacy. No more privacy.

We ran out and bought those doorknob covers that only we could supposedly operate.

Seriously, I was thankful that I could use them because that's all I needed - the new stress of not being able to use the doorknobs in the apartment.

Well of course I can use them. And so can Bumper. It took her about an hour to figure them out.

Soooooooo fellow interwebz parents - what works for you and your hidey holes?

The landlord would get pretty pissed off if I did this to the doors around the place:

Vaseline on doorknobs?

Hired militia?

Bribes?

What works (worked) for you?

16 comments:

SciFi Dad said...

We use the doorknob covers.

I'm really surprised Bumper has the hand strength to press both sides together at once to get them to open. Do you have really big knobs or something?

(God that sounded so dirty. Sorry.)

Flutterby said...

Those plastic covers only work well if the doorknobs take some strength to turn. Otherwise all kids have to do is catch the rubber bump on the inside of them *just so* against the knob and give it a spin. They worked well on some of our doorknobs, not so much on others when my kids were little. The only thing I can think of would be door chains up where she can't reach.

nomotherearth said...

Well, in our house, the doorknobs are all old and they fall off if you're not careful. Of course, then ANYONE can get locked in a room till someone comes to the rescue...

mamatulip said...

Chain locks and hook and eye locks. We have them on almost every door in the house.

chris said...

I wish I could give you pointers but based on my experience, nothing will work.I have children. Oldest is 20 and youngest is 3...whatever you do they will figure it out...Best thing to do is run away while you still can...she can't follow you yet unless she already knows how to drive.

chris said...

ooopsss I meant to say I have 5 children...

Ms Blue said...

You're so lucky to have doors. Colour me jealous.

Chag said...

Can't help you. The covers have worked for us so far.

Anonymous said...

Remember the hook and eye locks on the bedroom doors at home? They kept you kids out until you grew tall enough to reach them. They are easier to install than putting Yale locks on each door, like at Ada's place (our cleaning lady)and carrying a big ring of keys.

motherbumper said...

Yes Dad, but truth is I had those hook and eyes figured out before I could reach them - one poke of the broom handle and those popped right out of place. You just know Bumper will have that figured out about fifteen minutes after I get them installed.

But you are right, it's probably my best bet.

Naomi (Urban Mummy) said...

Linus has figured out the front door. He opens it and walks out.

Yes, we are planning on getting a chain.

He also likes to lock bathrooms. Especially when he isn't in them.

I feel your pain.

Eva said...

Oh, this reminds me of the time my 2 year old learned to open doors. My oldest son yelled "MOM, MOM, MY BROTHER IS RUNNING IN THE STREET!!!!!!!"

I ran out of the bathroom, toothbrush STILL IN MOUTH...caught him before anything bad happened. After that: 1) doorknob covers 2) hook/eye locks 3) deadbolts 4) anything else that looked helpful.

Fun times:)

Heather said...

My older daughter took the doornob cover off and threw it at me when she was mad at me. She was 2. So that was the end of that.

We bought one of those plastic strap locks to put on the bathroom closet door to keep her out of there (until it didn't stick anymore). My son still hasn't attempted to open the doorknob cover...and he's almost 4. I think he just has smaller hands.

Mandy said...

We use the doorknob cover. So far so good.

My parents did what Mama Tulip suggested. It worked well for us, although you need to know if you're allowed to do damage like that to your doors/frames.

Ms. Porter said...

We've been thinking about putting a lock on our bedroom door so we can lock ourselves in for those quick eees i mean quick 'moments' that are far and few between as it is.
Those covers never worked here, both girls figured them out. I amd about to get hook and eye type locks to lock the girl's closets at night so they don't stay up all hours of the night playing with their toys.

Beth said...

In agreement about the knob covers. Kitten discovered that she could hang from them from her clasped hands and twist. My solution? I used socks. Just slid them onto the door knobs and wrapped a good, stretchy elastic around the knob-neck (couldn't think of a better term).

Let me know if you try it and how it works for you.