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How to Make Door Quit Locking

my 3 yr old has figured out how to lock doors.he is constantly locking himself in rooms and then we have to pick the locks. right now i have all door knobs removed so he can't do this. it is an apartment so i cant just change the knobs. how do we make the doors where they wont lock????? any ideas besides removing door knobs???

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Yes, you could reverse the knobs, but then how do you prevent him from locking YOU in a room?? Unless you plan on never having locking doorknobs, I would recommend doing it the hard way...teaching him NOT to lock the doors. After you get the door unlocked, put him in time out. EVERY time. If you're consistent, he will eventually learn, and then you won't have to worry anymore =)

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Duct tape on the door socket. The part that is recessed into the wall-not the door itself.
My now 19 yr old locked herself in the bathroom one night. I was home alone and had to take the door off the hinges to get her out!! She was fine the whole time but I was worried about the dangers of the bathroom!!

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Reverse the doorknobs so they lock from the outside.

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Yes, you could reverse the knobs, but then how do you prevent him from locking YOU in a room?? Unless you plan on never having locking doorknobs, I would recommend doing it the hard way...teaching him NOT to lock the doors. After you get the door unlocked, put him in time out. EVERY time. If you're consistent, he will eventually learn, and then you won't have to worry anymore =)

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Get some Finger Pinch Guards. They sell them at Toys R Us/Babies R Us in 2-packs and they're really cheap. You just put them on the door up high and they can't reach them or close the door all the way. I always keep one on my daughter's bedroom door and one on her bathroom.

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throw a towel or something over the top of the door. saves little fingers too

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I think in general he is old enough to be disciplined when he does this. Teach him not to do it!! Also, if he can do it, he should be capable of undoing it and unlocking the door, so tell him he must obey and unlock it when he is stuck.

However, there are some rooms that are dangerous for him to be locked in, on purpose or by accident, like th ekitchen or a bathroom... so I would change the doorknobs. Even in an apartment, I see no reason not to, you can always put the complex knobs back on. However, you should be able to find matching doorknobs at Home Depot that are the closet style (no locks). Complex might not even notice that change.

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babies r us has safety first doorknob covers. you can't turn the knob w/o squeezing this cover. little ones can't squeeze & turn at the same time. and the cover blocks access to the locking parts. so adults can use doorknob, but little ones can't . easily removed when child grows out of this. we put them on our front and garage access doors so kids couldn't just leave the house when we weren't looking. also put them on closet doors and laundry room to keep them out of the detergents. powder room too!

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You could try putting a piece of tape to hold the little thingy in. Your doors would still shut, but not latch.

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I had the same problem. I just turned the door knob around and put the lock on the outside. Sorry for whoever needs to use the guest bathroom because they can't lock the door.

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Stick a thumb tack ( or push pin) into the door jam high enough that he can't reach it. This will prevent the door from shutting fully (and thus locking), but you can remove it easily if you need to shut the door.

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Hi, we had the same issue. So we used duct tape and taped over the locks (pretty much covers the entire door knob from the non-locking side). We had not had any issues then.

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Duct tape on the door socket. The part that is recessed into the wall-not the door itself.
My now 19 yr old locked herself in the bathroom one night. I was home alone and had to take the door off the hinges to get her out!! She was fine the whole time but I was worried about the dangers of the bathroom!!

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my son is also three. we currently have safty covers on the knobs so he cannot go outside. those also have the lock on the knob. it limits the access to them . the cost is about a dollar each for them. the front door he locked the boldt acouple of times. i quickly scolded him for it and he quickly leaned not to do that. i can tell him its dangerous and it seems to do the trick. at three if he continues to do things over and over after i have explained not to then there is time out or spankings depending on the danger levels of the action. like if i ask him to pick up something and he tells me no thats time out. if he locks the door after i tell him not to then that is spankings. because if i take the trash out and he locks me out then that is dangerous for him and his one yr old sister.

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Put tape over the little latch thingy that sticks out of the door. Can you tell I have no clue what it's called, lol?!

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You can change the knobs as long as you keep the original ones, in the event you should move, then you'd replace the old ones. Only if you replace the one to enter into the apartment, will you have to notify the apartment manager and let them know why you've done that and supply them with a key, in case they have to get inside to do maintenance work. I have changed many locks when I lived in apartments and I didn't always tell them because I just didn't like the thought of people coming in and out of my apartment whenever they please. (smile)

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Our doorknobs unlock by poking a long nail into the keyhole on the outside. When my kids were smaller, I'd keep a nail above each door on the ledge of the door trim so it was right there where I needed it. Our old house had knobs that required a key but also unlocked with a flat head screw driver. I'd set one out near the door.

If the lock on the inside twists to lock (as opposed to just pushing in the button), you could use some wide blue painters tape to cover the lock on the door handle and hold it in place.

You can replace the bathroom door knobs with inexpensive knobs from home depot that do not have locks on them, the kind used for bedroom or other interior doors. You can also switch out door knobs, put your master bedroom knob (if it's the non locking type) on the bathroom, use the bathroom knob on the master.

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We had to change our door knobs to the kind that has a slit on the non locking side that a coin can fit in. Just put a coin in, and turn, and the door unlocks really easily. Got them @Home Depot (brushed nickel) for around $10 ea.
For the doors you don't need locks on, get the kind meant for closet doors- they're even cheaper.

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202053154/h_d2/Pr...

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