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Jamie has become obsessed with opening and closing doors, especially now that he has learned to go "knock knock" and tap on the door. I'm really nervous that he is going to accidentally lock himself in a room. Most of the doors in our house have those basic doorknobs where you press the button in to lock it, but there is no key hole on the other side - just a tiny round hole. I know that they make things to go over the knob to keep babies from opening doors by themselves but do those attachments also prevent them from locking the door? Just wanted to check before I buy a bunch and then they don't serve the purpose I was hoping.
If that isn't what they do, is there something else I can buy? I know there is a way to unscrew the doorknob and change something in the inner workings to make the door not lock but I don't know how to do that.
We have a few door knobs were you press a tiny button on the side of the knob to lock it, but we have these little metal "keys" that fit in the tiny hole on the other side and can pop the lock. Our house came with them on the tops of the doors when we moved in. Maybe you could find those?
The door knob covers make it hard to lock it so it may prevent him from being being able to do it.
~Beth~ Wife to my Airman Chris, and mommy to: Anthony Nathaniel (8/31/04), Anastasia Fae (8/01/06), Baby C (lost on 10/12/07), David Cillian (7/31/08), Charles George (4/29/10), and Alan Christopher (2/22/12)
You could try the door knob covers, I think they would work. For Mason though we gave up and just bought those door finger guards. You put them up high on the door and keeps the door from being shut. It keeps their little fingers from being pinched and keeps them from locking the doors.
I was going to recommend what Sam did - reverse the door knob. It isn't too hard to unscrew the knob and put the lock part on the outside.
All our door knobs are "lever" style and jed can very easily open them. He has also figured out how to push something over to the door to un lock the dead bolt. I've caught him on the front porch a couple times!
I've stuck a bobby pin in the little hole to unlock the door before, but turning the knob around might be a good preventative. I have a hard time opening doors with those knob covers so I refuse to get them.
I have door knobs like that. I actually put a kabob stick things above my door because it fits in the hole perfectly to push the little button in there to unlock the door. I keep my bedroom door locked from the inside because I don't want the kids in there, and that is how I unlock my door when I want in my room. I turned the knobs around to lock from the outside in our old house, but when I had a person from base come over for the new parents support program after I had Alex they said not to do that. I guess that if someone sees that you can lock the door from the outside that they may think you lock your kids in there. Ever since then I have just used the kabob stick to unlock the doors.