5 Stars By MomOf2 on 2014-09-11
Toddler stays in room!
Our entire family was suffering from the control our 2 year old had on us. She was constantly getting out of bed during the night. She refused to stay in her bed. My husband was adiment that she was not sleeping with us. I tried everything from sticker charts to the supernanny method. Nothing was successful. I reached out to a friend, and she said she had used the door monkey. I did some research and though I was a little hesitant, I purchased 3 of them!
Judge if you must. But it has worked. The day they came in, we went over the process with her of how it would work. We would go through the normal bedtime routine. Once it was time to get in bed, we would put the door monkey in place. We would be able to see her on the monitor, but we would not speak to her. When the cow wakes up (she has a wakeup clock in her room), we would come and take the door monkey off. It would only be used at nighttime. Once she can go to bed and stay in bed, we would take it off.
The first night she screamed, yelled, pulled. But, she wasn't able to get out of her room. She could see through the opening it created, but could not leave the room. It took her 12 minutes, but she then crawled in her bed and went to sleep. The second night, she screamed for 3 minutes. I realize it is not the intended use of this product, but it worked for us.
I am sure there are some who consider this appalling, and I am ok with that. She had been confined to a crib before we transitioned her to a toddler bed, but no one ever questioned that!
I just know that this product worked for our house. Thank you.
5 Stars By S. Crow on 2011-04-11
Door Monkey Review
I have used this on my pantry and bathroom doors. I chose the Door Monkey because I have lever handles and like that it does not require any hardware or 'sticky' parts in order to work. I believe I have very standard door frames and molding.
1. Ease of attachment/removal - no screws or sticky bits. It takes two seconds to attach once you realize how simple it is.
2. Ease of use - Can be used from both sides of the door without removing it. Push the button or move the latch depending on which side of the door you are on.
3. Pinch guard - My 18 month old hasn't been hurt after a few weeks of use.
4. Effectiveness - He knows what is in the pantry. He wants it. He tries to open the door every so often by pulling the lever handle but it doesn't budge. I can keep the Door Monkey out of reach for many more years.
5. Portability - I took it over to the grandparents house and it works on their internal doors.
1. Door remains open 1/2-1 inches. This isn't convenient for my guest bathroom since the Door Monkey has to be removed to fully close the door.
2. Visible - It is very obvious, even against a white door/door frame. This doesn't bother me - A lever door handle cover/child lock is very obvious. White flour and uncooked spaghetti all over the floor is also very obvious.
5/5 rating because the Door Monkey is a great child lock for many of my internal doors and it is easy to install and use, makes no marks where it is installed, and is easily movable to other doors.
Update 1/17/2012 - my now 27 month old son still doesn't get past the door monkey. I have 4 of them now and all are holding up very well.
Update 12/16/2012 - One of my Door Monkeys wore out. It doesn't catch every time so I am guessing it is a worn out spring.
5 Stars By 2DayDeliver Customer on 2011-07-09
Very smart product!
I haven't had this long, but I'm very impressed with it so far. A lot has already been written about this product, so I'll focus on some points that haven't really been said...
YES, THE PRICE SEEMS HIGH
It's true that the cost is higher than what you would expect. I was at first hesitant ordering it for that reason. But nothing else was working so I decided to give it a try. I'm actually ok with the cost now. Not only is it a good product, but if you go to the Door Monkey website you'll find that a dad invented this product to solve a problem he was having. It's just a little mom and pop company. I'm sure that they've had to invest a lot of personal money into this, take risks, and don't get the manufacturing deals that big companies do. It's nice to support the little guy. Besides, it's a lot cheaper to buy one thing that works rather than a bunch of junk that doesn't.
LOTS OF OTHER SOLUTIONS DON'T WORK FOR EVERYONE
First we tried the knob cover. My daughter figured out how to open it in a day and the next day she busted the cover right off the knob. My huband decided to get smart and take the knob off one day and guess who ended up getting locked in....ME! This product actually works, is very secure, and an adult or older child can open the door from both sides. No lock-ins.
YES, THE DOOR STAYS CRACKED OPEN
There is a good sized gap when you use this. I'd prefer it to not be there, but it's really no big deal for me. It's on my daughter's bedroom. She still slept fine with the door cracked. If you use it on a bathroom it takes two seconds to remove and put back. You have to think about how it works though. It basically clamps to the door and an arm grabs onto the doorframe when you close it. Because it clamps, that clamp keeps the door slightly ajar. If you had another kind of lock you'd probably have to tape or drill into your door or frame. This product doesn't leave any damage and you can move it around to different doors or take it to grandma's house for the weekend. This design also allows you to open it from both sides. You don't want to do something stupid and get locked in like I did. For the benefits of the design, I'll deal with the crack.
I don't know of another device like this...opens from both sides, portable, works on most doors, and my child can't get through it. I'll update my review if she finds a way, but I don't think that will happen.
GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICE
I did email the company with a few questions. They were very nice, helpful, and quick to respond. If you have a funky door you might want to contact them or at least read more info on their website before ordering. They have solutions for funky doors, which I didn't look into because my doors are the standard kind.
WATCH THIS VIDEO
One last thing....there's a video on youtube that demonstrates how the product works. It wasn't put up by the owners, it's just something a consumer did. The video is titled "Door Monkey" and was posted by justnik78. Watch it and you'll know exactly what you're getting.
5 Stars By Busymom on 2011-09-23
The only thing that worked!!!
When we transitioned my youngest son to a toddler bed, nothing would keep him in his bed! He was a night explorer. He could climb baby gates, and even the traditional advice of sitting in there, not engaging him, but returning him to his bed every single time he got out did not work. We did this for 3 hours, 5 nights in a row! He was miserable because he wasn't getting enough sleep, and we were miserable, because we were soooo frustrated. We tried just shutting the door, but he knows how to open up doors (even with the safety door knob covers! I was looking for some kind of product to use, and I came across this. I'd never seen it in a baby store, but I figured for the price, might as well give it a try.
The first night we used it, he fussed for about 10 minutes, wandered around his room for another 10, then gave up and went to bed. The next night, he tried to get out the door once again and then just gave up and went to bed. The third night he didn't even get out of bed.
Thank heavens for this product!!! We were losing our minds.
5 Stars By smunchski on 2013-03-14
Effective, Simple, Adaptable and One Important Caution!
I purchased one, used it and then bought six more. When I opened the first package, I thought the Door Monkey would be too fragile to last. But that has not been a problem. The illustrations on the package made "installation" easy - took all of 30 seconds. This device works on doors with knobs or handles - it's more effective than the knob covers that our 2 year old can take apart easily and more effective than the child safety door handle covers - which we purchased and promptly broke. It is very easy for an adult to open the door from either side. You determine the height for your reach.
Our two year old likes to keep his nine month old brother out of his room. So for older siblings, this device will keep babies and toddlers out - yet keep the door slightly open. The opening is one inch on our doors. It is fixed at that spot so no fingers get crunched on either side or below the door. Of course the older child must be careful not to move the door when little brother is near. This same two year old cannot get into the den or the laundry room - which leads easily to the outdoors - when we place the Door Monkey too high for him to reach. We like having the door open slightly. It allows for easy monitoring of activities inside or outside the room.
I have but one cautionary note. We thought we had adequately toddler-proofed the two year old's room. We put the door monkey high on his door for the night so that he could not leave the room and roam about the house. He was not yet familiar with the device and as curious as a little monkey. Next to the door is a huge and very heavy dresser. One morning the toddler woke early and pulled out drawers to climb the dresser to get to the Door Monkey. Do not put the device in a place that can be climbed up to. Also, no matter how stable you think a dresser is; it is NOT. It can tip over easily with drawers open and a child climbing up or (in our case) standing on top and pushing on the wall! Secure all dangerous furniture to the wall and keep Door Monkey away from all climbable furniture.
2 Stars By BriToe88 on 2016-06-30
Great idea but poor design
I ordered this because I wanted a way to keep my 2 year old son out of his baby sister's room without completely closing the door. The baby gate I had in the doorway is no longer working because he climbs over it, and I didn't want to spend a bunch of money on a fancier, taller gate. Plus, I liked the idea of being able to close the door most of the way, but still be able to peek in. I was extremely disapointed to find that this product is not compatible with my door. I live in a new (2015) house so I would think my doors/framing are as "standard" as they come but the door monkey is not long enough to catch on the door frame. The picture I took shows as far closed as I was able to get it. A simple design modification that allows you to adjust the shaft length would sure be great. Unfortunately, I am going to have to return the door monkey and look for something else.
4 Stars By Aly S on 2016-05-24
Doesn't work in every door frame, but when it does work, IT'S AMAAAAZZZINNNGGG!!!
Hands down-AH-MA-ZING!!!!! Best purchase I'v ever made in my life until I moved. My toddler can get out of almost every door lock, but this one can be put up high and out of reach with no problem. He used to bang on his door and shake it and still couldn't get out.
Only ONE caveat is that you need a specific door frame for this to work. My new house has door frames that aren't thick enough and are shaped incorrectly for this door lock (see photo with towel in it). It's hard to understand why this frame won't work unless you understand how the gadget works. The little "hook" latches onto the center portion of the frame. The hook doesn't "catch" on my frame because the center portion isn't just a thick, uniform, protrusion. I'm including a second picture of a door frame that would work (picture with no towel).
5 Stars By S. Harbin on 2017-11-26
OMG. It Works. Its Strong. If you need to keep a kids door shut, this is the thing!
Wow. I read the reviews, and I can say without equivocation, this is the best performing child lock I've ever found. We've tried numerous knob clip-ons, and my 2 1/2 year old son can tear any of them off the door.
Yes, its hard to leave your kid in there crying. After 2 weeks in our bed from a VERY nasty, dangerous (breathing trouble) cold, we had to break him in again. He wouldn't stay in his bed. But it literally took 2 nights once he actually COULDN'T get out. There was a lot of crying (my wife included) but he got through it, and sleeps soundly in his bed now.
We also got a light-up wake-up alarm shortly after, and that has really helped him get back to sleep, if he did wake up. He almost never gets out of bed now at night - a few light sobs, and rolls back over and goes to sleep. I would recommend them in tandem.
Solid product, is WAY sturdier than it looks, and we can pop it off easily in the morning so it doesn't lock during the day if he closes it accidentally. Its one-hand installed at night, so even if he's alseep on my shoulder when he goes to bed, i can put it
4 Stars By Bonnie on 2017-01-31
Works on a Standard Doorway to Enclose a Toddler
My two-year old daughter recently discovered how to open the tension gate that we were using to keep her in her room at bed time. I decided to try this lock before purchasing a more expensive gate that would need to be screwed into the wall, and I'm glad I did.
While it is very simple and our daughter could no-doubt figure out how to open it quickly, the advantage is that it can be placed anywhere on the door. I simply place it near the top of the door, out of her reach. This would also be an advantage for a family that has multiple children and needs older children to be able to access an area while restricting younger ones; it could simply be placed at a level where the older kids could reach it but the toddlers/babies could not.
Another thing I like about it is that the door remains cracked open, which allows us to hear her and peak into the room to check on her without having to unlatch it.
We live in a 70's era tract-house with standard interior doors and simple trim around the doorways and this works fine on every door I have tested it on in our house. If the doorway you plan to use it on has no trim, or extra wide trim; or if the door is much wider or narrower than a standard interior door, it may not work for you. Thinking back to the 1930s bungalow we used to live in, I don't think it would have worked on any of our doors.
5 Stars By F. Carter on 2017-01-16
Keeps pet out of rooms but allows air to circulate in and out, also can work for kids.
We use this for doors that we want to keep open but keep the cats out of. It works great on cats and our now 2 year old nephew, I'm sure one day he'll be strong enough to break the thing but for right now it meets our needs. Our linen closet is in our bathroom and it seems that warm wet air get trapped in there after showers. I bought the door monkey to keep that door cracked open all the time because if we just left it open the cats would never leave the piles of blankets and towels... I'm not a fan of that. That door opens outwards so the "handle" part sits on the door, easy to use the latch button, and the hook part hooks to the door frame.
It keeps the cats out of the linen closet and it also keeps the cats out of the bedroom if my nephew is sleeping in there. And if he wakes up without anyone knowing he has to call out for the door to be opened so he can't just wander around upstairs. So basically, this works great against cats for doors that you want to keep cracked open for air circulation.