My 2 yr old DS is days (if not hours) away from successfully reaching and figuring out the simple sliding screen door latch that moves up and down. Since it's summer, I need to keep the sliding door open with just the screen door.
I have looked everywhere (home improvement stores and child safety sections), and can't believe I haven't found a mechanism to lock a sliding screen door to keep a child from wandering out. I think most everyone has a sliding door, so why aren't there ready made products for this?
The only suggestions that have been made are to drill a hole for a hook and eye closure, though I don't think our aluminum screen door is solid all the way through to keep a hook from simply being pulled out.
Anyone have a solution?
A dowel, inserted in the track so that the door can't open works well. If he figures that out, use velcro to put it in the top track where he can't reach.
While a dowel works for the door, it wouldn't work for my screen at least.
I would try a Velcro latch, like what is used for the fridge or stove
My dd just pushes the screen out!
I can't find a picture of it where to buy it (though I think I got it at buybuybaby), but we have a version of this from Safety 1st and from IKEA, it's basically a long piece of plastic with slots that clips down to any size (then you cut off the excess) and then two pieces with adhesive on the back of each. I bent it so that it glues on to both the door and the door frame at a 90 degree angle. (I also use this on my cat litter closet door, which is perfect because it stays 6" open so cats can get in but toddler can't.)
Here it is on my balcony screen door:
I came across these tonight but I've never used them so not how well they work.
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DH and I were trying to solve this the other day. Since a dowel in the track is too easy to remove, we were thinking maybe a tension rod placed higher up where toddler can't reach? Same idea as the dowel, but out of reach.
The dowel won't work for the sliding screen. We use a dowel to use on the main sliding door, but in the summer, when the sliding door is open to reveal just the sliding screen door, there is no means to put a dowel in the track for just the screen. I'm trying to prevent my 2 yr old from opening the screen door and wandering out. I go in and out the screen door quite a few times. The simple up and down latch on the screen doesn't do the trick. I love the great ideas about the adhesive safety latch and the baby gate. Thanks all!
Now the million dollar question is: is there something to reinforce your screen so your toddler doesn't push through it when he can't get the latch open? DS has ruined 2 screen doors now...
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