Product Review: Door Monkey
Name of the Product
Door Monkey: Door lock and pinch guard
Age Group it’s for
Toddlers and younger children who need to be kept in, or out of, a room in your house.
What does the product do?
Provides a quick and easy way for parents to keep a room locked while still keeping the door ajar. It is a plastic hook, one end of which attaches to the door, while the spring loaded “monkey tail” part hooks on to the outside of the door frame. Because it is only one piece and there are rubber grips on the door piece, it is no trouble to adjust the height to keep it of your toddler’s reach, or to move it from door to door.
The shape of the tail combined with the positioning of the block which grips on to the door makes sure that inquisitive little fingers won’t be able to push or pull the door open. There are so many things to do with a toddler in the house you need to be able to confine them to one place for a while to get quick things done, especially if there is more than one child in the house.
Does it do what it should?
The Door Monkey is easy to fit on to the door. All you have to do is take it out of the packet, put it on the door and slowly close it until the “monkey tail” catches on the other side of the door frame. It is very easy to adjust the height and move from door to door as you need to. And very simple for adults to open from either side. The only problem we had is that we live in an older house which we renovated. The Door Monkey will fit on to our new doors but is not long enough to fit the older door frames in our older rooms. On the packet it says there is an optional door catch, but I don’t know how that works.
Would you recommend it and why?
I would recommend having a couple of these about the house, as long as you knew they fitted the doors. With one in place you can be certain to know your little one isn’t anywhere they shouldn’t be. And as it says on the packet to never leave your child unattended, it is not a substitute for adult supervision.