When my brother and I were younger, my mom liked to remind us that she had eyes in the back of her head. With the way she knew what was going on all the time, we almost believed her. Thinking back on that now it makes me laugh. Now that I’m a mom I too feel like I have eyes in the back of my head. If only it were true!
I have a two year old that likes to get into everything. This kid is relentless. If I tell him he can’t get into something you better believe he will try every way under the sun to prove that he can and will. So once Steven was able to reach the door handles in our apartment I freaked out. You see, we have lever handles. All he had to do was grab on and pull down. Way too easy! Once he realized this there was no stopping him. I couldn’t get anything done around the house because he would run off and cause trouble in another room. I needed to find a solution.
I jumped on Amazon and looked at every door lock imaginable. The problem is that most lever door locks require that you take apart the door handle or use adhesive to attach it to the door. This isn’t an option in our apartment. Not only that, but they looked way too easy to figure out. Steven would have found a way around them in no time.
Finally, I spotted the Door Monkey. The reviews were great, the price was right, and it didn’t need any sort of installation. I figured we would order one, see how it went, and then order more if we liked it. No joke, less than five minutes after it arrived at our door I had my husband order two more.
Let me show you how easy it is to put on the door.
Clamp it to the door at whatever height you choose.
Then you’re done. Yup, that’s all it takes. Told you it was easy!
To unlock from the inside of the room you push this button.
To unlock from the outside just pull the “tail” to the side.
In the beginning I would place the Door Monkey about two feet higher than the door handle. It didn’t take long for Steven to realize he could open the door by pushing a chair to the door, climbing up, and pulling the tail. Now I just make sure that I place the Door Monkey higher on the door. He hasn’t been able to bypass the Door Monkey since!
Since the Door Monkey doesn’t have to be installed it is perfectly portable. Steven and I spend most of the day in the living room. Instead of having to buy a lock for every door in the apartment, we only need three. During the night the Door Monkeys keep the bedroom door, bathroom door, and closet door closed. During the day we move the Door Monkeys to the three doors accessible from the living room. They’ve been really handy when we’ve gone out of town too. Plus they barely take up any room in the luggage.
Door Monkey has no idea I’m writing this. I’m just honestly crazy about this door lock. It has been a sanity saver for us. You can purchase the Door Monkey here on Amazon.