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does anyone have a problem with their 21 month old opening and closing doors?

Angelica - posted on 04/09/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )




my son recently learned how to open doors has anyone else been having this problem?


Jessie - posted on 04/28/2011




yep. anyone that he can reach. going to have to get some of those child door handle thingys soon to keep him out of the rooms he really cant play in (bathroom!). has a habit of shutting himself in a room too and not being able to get back out. if he sees and open door, he MUST close it. it's like he is OCD about it, LOL


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Nikkia - posted on 04/20/2011




The little plastic things only work for so long. I have a 22 month old, as well as a 33 month old, and they share a room. The older one can get the plastic locks off, so I find them in their closet with all of their clothes pulled off the bottom rack about once a week. Does anyone know what to do next after the little plastic things don't work anymore? I was thinking duct tape... On the handle, ... not the kids... :)

Sharon - posted on 04/20/2011




My 23 year old has learned not only to open, but to lock doors. She almost locked me out of the house one day when I put her at the doorway and ran outside to get something from the car. Thank God I had the key and did not leave it in the house or God knows what would have happend. They sell plastic door handles that you can put around the doorknob so that they cannot turn the knob to open the door. This is only the beginning. They get smarter each day!!

Gemma - posted on 04/20/2011




Yep mine has been able to do it for quite some time the problem is that thier is 2 of them and whilst im dealing with one the other has oppened another they have broken most of the child locks on the kitchen cupbosrds they both get hold of one and rock on then till they snap them thankfully the stair gates are still to tricky but with thier tag teaming it wont be long...i simply spend my whole day going around fixing tidy up after the distruction they cause lol

Priscilla - posted on 04/18/2011




Mine has been opening the doors for a while already. He proceeds from wardrobes to cabinets then to all the room doors and house door.

We have kept all the dangerous stuff like medication, wishing and cleaning chemical high up in the cabinets above.

I have a couple of cabinets where I place all the plastic stuff and pots where he can open and take out and play.

Christine - posted on 04/18/2011




My son learned to open the doors when he was 18 months. We have the lever style handles so all he has to do is pull down on them and the doors open right up. He will sometimes just stamnd there and open the door and slam it shut over and over. We keep our bedroom door locked from the inside because thats where our computer is and all kinds of other things that he likes to get into. We just use a butter knife to unlock it when we're ready. other than that, all the rooms are set up so he can go into them with out getting into anything. For our laundry room we got a special lock that you stick on the door that works great. I had to put it on because he kept stopping my washing machine while it was in the middle of a load and I'd have to start it all over again. Those locks are available at Target or Walmart and are around $5. They are good if you have a door without a lock that has things inside that you really dont want them to mess with. Other than that, every kid eventually learns how to open the doors- you just have to prepare your house for it.

Jeanette - posted on 04/12/2011




yes - and mine also learned how to open a couple of the child-proofed kitchen cabinets and the gates in the backyard!
all in one day! suddenly he could do everything he tried lol.

the one thing he doesn't know is all the kitchen cabinets have the same locks - so far he has only tried two and doesn't realize he could open them all.

as a result we have had to move some things around to keep things out of his reach but other than that i am not fighting it. sooner or later they figure it all out.

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