I have lost count of the number of times my toddler locked me out of a room. At 2 years and 3 months old, he is tall enough to turn the door knob. He developed this bad habit of pressing down the door lock. So, here are some guides to avoid going cuckoo while living with a toddler.
ONE – Always keep your spare keys way up high. For your bedroom keys, make sure they are kept in the LIVING ROOM. You do not want a locked bedroom with no one inside. Some toddlers may get panicked and accidentally locked themselves in the room and later on, does not know how to turn the door knob.
I hope this ugly photo of my shelves with keys hanging everywhere will remind you to take this precaution. Remember my toddler threw my car keys out of the window?
Also – if you take your toddler to someone else house or a hotel, remember that he can do the same stunt. So, be prepared.
For my bathroom door, I have a latch on the outside and a turning lock inside. When I am inside, the latch cannot work. Otherwise, I would get locked in the bathroom. If toddler ran into toilet and locked himself inside, I can open the door with a coin.
CARS LOCK – Remember to disable those latest, gadgety car lock where it auto-lock within a few minutes you closed the door. Also, never leave a toddler in a car because it is very likely that toddler will lock the whole car with you outside, with the engine running. This happens all the time.
SECONDLY – The kitchen is a wonderful place to explore for an inquisitive toddler. Few days ago, he followed one of the brother into the kitchen. Later on, I heard him crying in a panicky voice. I found him sitting on the floor, screaming his hand pain-pain. Until today, I still cannot figure out what had happened. He could have turned over the laundry basket and press the hot water flask. So, always keep toddler off the kitchen. Use a barricade. Mine is a cheapo one, which costs about RM75.
THIRDLY, secure all doors. Including those at your babysitter/parent’s place. When babies/toddlers are mobile, they are everywhere. A strong gush of wind may cause the door to shut with a bang and end up with a smashed finger or toe or even worse. Use the door magnet or whatever gadget to see that doors do not bang.
If you have bigger children, always drill into them never to bang doors behind them. Especially car doors because they may accidentally shut the door in the younger sibling’s face. Repeat and repeat until they get it. Do not be lazy, make it a habit to close car doors for your kids until they are much, much older.
This is more to remind myself rather than others because living with a mini guy who commanded you to wo ouk (go out), jo jo jo (go,go,go), laiiiiii(come), li (carry), chit (sit) etc etc is damn nerve wrecking. I am worse than his slave or dog. I can’t even poo in peace.
I have many other ‘Home Accident Prevention’ tips gathered from my Infant CPR course. I will add salt and pepper to those tips when I have nice photos to accompany what I wanted to share. Tune in often!