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DS has obsession with opening and closing doors any ideas to stop it?

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Bellared Sun 27-Sep-09 22:27:38

He is 16m and is constantly opening and closing them. I've tried wedging them open and shut and pushed the stepper up against one to keep it open but he moves it. Is there anything I can do apart from taking off the doors? hmm

Twinsmommy Sun 27-Sep-09 22:37:18

??? Have you tried a door stopper on the top of the door - the kind that you push onto the top of the door - like a wedge - so that when the door closes it won't be able to close?

kalo12 Sun 27-Sep-09 22:38:59

mine is the same

Bellared Sun 27-Sep-09 22:41:56

I've got one and will get some more, have yours trapped fingers in them at all? I was thinking some kind of oojamabob to keep it open or closed eg for the vestibule thing and the kitchen door. I've used one of those hook and eye things but he shakes the door til the hook comes out. Little imp.

geraldinetheluckygoat Sun 27-Sep-09 22:46:32

ha, when we moved into this house with our one year old, I was very amused that the mum of 3 who lived here previously had removed the downstairs doors, for this very reason. Of course we asked them to replace their doors before we moved in. Then we had another baby. Then we had 2 boys CONSTANTLY slamming doors repeatedly, all day. Every day. Ugh. No advice, but they did grow out of it eventually. I had a key for one of the doors, was a godsend till ds1 slotted it between the floorboards..... hmm

TeeteringOnTheEdge Sun 27-Sep-09 22:48:42

A thick towel over the top of the door will stop him getting his fingers caught.

Bellared Sun 27-Sep-09 22:52:17

Brill, I've got loads of old hair dye towels so I'll do that

Geraldine, that's brilliant. The doors here are ALL warped and don't shut properly and have the heating pipes covered by conduit right behind them so they don't open fully.

Twinsmommy Sun 27-Sep-09 22:53:06

Have never had problems with fingers getting caught with door stops on tops of doors - towels work just as well, as TOTE mentioned. And my two 3-yr old twin boys are forever slamming the doors on each other if I haven't got the stoppers on!

geraldinetheluckygoat Sun 27-Sep-09 22:56:35

towels over the doors - GENIUS! Wish I had thought of that when I was in door hell!

Bellared Sun 27-Sep-09 22:58:32

I've seen some things you screw into the wall and door but they don't look like they'll do the job with DS's strength.

Nah, not for me

ilovesprouts Sun 27-Sep-09 23:01:27

my ds is the same ,and a pal of mines dd1 16 m can open the door even with the catchers on

Bellared Sun 27-Sep-09 23:04:51

I've even put balloons on the handles of the doors that needed to be kept shut. He was scared of them until before then started messing with them.

Twinsmommy Sun 27-Sep-09 23:04:57

Only other thing I can recommend is locks on doors - situated high up - operational from both sides of the door - we've got one on the kitchen door to keep them out when mummy/daddy is cooking. But if you want DC to have the run of the house, then not such a good idea!

Bellared Sun 27-Sep-09 23:09:21

I would use them but the doors are warped (rented house and been waiting since MAY to hear from Landlord to sort out the jobs) and bow out at the top. I think I know which locks you mean, the key is star shaped?

colditz Sun 27-Sep-09 23:11:15

Little bolt at the top.

Bellared Sun 27-Sep-09 23:16:36

I cant cos of the bowing. sad Are rubber wedges any good? I cant find any in Wilkinson.

geraldinetheluckygoat Sun 27-Sep-09 23:21:55

what about hooks to hook door open? A hook on back of door that attatches to the wall, so that it keeps the door open, iyswim? Or a hook or something on the wall that you could tie the door handle to with string or something??

Bellared Mon 28-Sep-09 20:03:35

The string bit could work. If I attach the hook in the skirting board and and something similar on the door but tie it together with string? I'll give that a go thanks! Fatty cant undo knots yet grin

geraldinetheluckygoat Tue 29-Sep-09 17:30:02

GO FOR IT!! grin good luck!

Bellared Wed 30-Sep-09 12:50:22

Thanks dude. X

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