Inexpensive Toddler Proof Door Stopper

posted by Diana | Thursday, September 13, 2012, 10:09 AM | comments: 5

NOTE: Click here for the link about this on my new blog, Red Delicious Life.

It's no secret that Simon is training to be an champion olympic door-man. He's obsessed with opening and closing doors wherever we go. People always think he's so polite in wanting to hold a door open for others.

At home he loves to close doors, especially those that I need to stay open like our bedroom door and the door to the storage area where the kitty litter boxes are kept. The last thing I want is an issue because one of the cats can't get to the litter box! Anything that we use as a door stop can easily be moved. Even our 10 pound roller coaster wheel can be slid out of the way. That's why I wanted something easy to install that Simon couldn't undo but could be easily removed by us, if need be. 

Introducing my toddler-proof door stopper:

It's a pool noodle that I picked up for a $1. I cut off a piece about 6 inches long and then cut halfway through it to the hollow center. That's it.  Pop it onto the side of your door and voila! No more worries about closed doors or fingers getting pinched. You can probably get about 12 door stops out of one noodle. Look at the big brain on Diana. Sealed



Jen M, October 3, 2012, 4:40 PM #

OMG. I just want to say THANK YOU for this INGENIOUS idea. I have a 15 month old that LOVES LOVES LOVES to shut doors and there have been a couple of times where he would get himself trapped because he closed the door fully with himself all alone in the room. I have had a pool noodle lying around in the house trying to figure out what to do with it and thanks to you now I know! So glad my mother in law saw this on pinterest.

I just want to let you know you made my day! hahaha. The little things get to moms, for real.

Lisa, October 7, 2012, 11:14 PM #

I love this information! Our little girl loves playing with doors. She gets upset when the door closes on her. But we can take this away during nap time. Now to find a pool noodle in during the fall. Maybe I will find one on sale!

Anna, October 8, 2012, 1:49 AM #

THANK YOU SO MUCH! My cat comes in and out of my room at night and the door bangs loudly every time she goes through. I need the door to stay mostly closed for light to stay out, and I keep tripping over the doorstop in the middle of the night when I go to bed, and tripping over a brick doorstop is painful!! Thank goodness for this. You are a lifesaver. My parents will thank you too because they won't be woken up by the door at 4 am.

Michele, October 17, 2012, 11:05 PM #

Sometimes you can find pool noodles at the dollars stores at odd times of the year....

Sarah, October 27, 2012, 8:57 PM #

@Lisa - Not sure how abundant they are in your area, but there's a pool supply store I drive by on my way home from work that always has a monstrous box of them outside the front door, and it's almost November. I keep meaning to stop to get a couple before my 2yo moves up to a big-boy bed (put under the fitted sheet to keep him from rolling out), and this gives me another reason to pull over!

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