Toddlers are fast. They are sneaky. They can figure out the pieces of a puzzle and learn how to bypass a lot of systems or protections you have put into place around the home. They are the cat houdinis of human development.
Anyone with children has always had a bit of a laugh when the door knob protectors can be opened by their kids, yet flummox adults each and every single time.
Unfortunately, a few weeks ago that is exactly what happened – a very bright, precocious, intelligent little boy by the name of Elijah Marsh woke up late one night, and decided he was going to go exploring and conquer the world. He got up, knew that you needed boots because it was winter (excellent logic!), was able to get the door opened, find his way down to the ground level and all the way outside. He was found the next morning only a few hundred metres from home, and unfortunately this young bright light passed away.
You can buy the best locking system or deadbolt around. I guarantee you that toddlers can and will use chairs to be able to access it, and will be able to unlock a lot of them.
Consider using sound. Either an electronic door chime that rings everytime the door is open, or even something simpler like a set of bells or windchimes the door has to hit each and everytime it is opened. It can even be a game where your little one taps the bells on purpose when you enter or leave the home because that jangly noise is a lot of fun.
It’s something I used when my son started unexpectedly sleep walking during a severe fever and was found outside at night wandering around. We were lucky, we caught him just past the front stoop. The sound of the door opening woke up his dad, but everyday after that we had bells on the door knob. Because it was loud and is a sound that is completely and utterly out of place. It will catch your attention, even in the dead of night when you are fast asleep.
Let’s not have any more boys or girls like Elijah. Add sound to your doors to alert you and let’s keep all our children safe.