25 Aug A Review: Safety 1st Lever Handle Lock
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For some reason I really had a difficult time trying to figure out the best option for babyproofing the doors in our home. Once my son started walking I knew that I had to find some door locks to prevent him from entering rooms or areas where he could get into things that I don’t want him to. We have a new home that has lever door handles and there really aren’t many options for this type of door hardware.
I first decided to try the Door Monkey Door Lock and Pinch Guard. This product is quite a bit more expensive than the other alternatives available and had over 1,000 reviews on Amazon, so I thought I’d give it a try. To my surprise, I found that this item was rather flimsy, did not work well, and was not at all what I was looking for. The Door Monkey, when installed, does not allow for complete door closure. The door must always be open a couple of inches. I really didn’t want to leave my laundry door open all the time and like having the option to completely close doors within my home. Unfortunately, if my son pushed on the door hard enough he was able to open the laundry room door, thus completely defeating the purpose of having a door lock. Also, I kept forgetting this product was on the door and when I tried to close the door the plastic came close to breaking on numerous occasions. Needless to say, I decided to return this product to Amazon for a refund.
Next, I decided to look into the Safety 1st Prograde Lever Handle Lock. I first saw this item at Target and then read some reviews about it on Amazon while standing in the store in the baby section. The Prograde is designed to work with most door lever handles. It does not require any hardware to install. A number of reviewers indicated that this product is not that great because it attaches to the door with an adhesive backing. Quite a few people reported that their kids were able to pull the product off the door, which then totally defeats the purpose of having a lever handle lock. The actual apparatus is pretty modern looking and I think that may be the biggest thing this product has going for it. Ultimately, after reading many negative reviews, I decided to pass.
I finally found a product that I think works really well for most French-door style handles, which is the Safety 1st Lever Handle Lock. It took some trial and error and a couple of weeks of looking, but in the end it was worth it to find a safety lock that is dependable. This product has worked really well with a toddler who likes to try to get into rooms, such as the bathroom and pantry, that are off limits.
Unlike the Prograde Lever Handle Lock, this lock does require some time for installation. Each safety lock took my husband approximately 10 minutes to install and overall was pretty easy. The door handle must be removed in order to get this lock in place. Don’t let this deter you, because once installed, I think you’ll be happy with the results. As far as tools go, you only need to have a screwdriver, as this lock uses the existing hardware from the door lever and does not require drilling or additional screws.
The Safety 1st Lever Handle Lock lock has a child-resistant press-and-slide design which is very simple to use and can even be engaged with one hand. My two year-old son is unable to get into rooms where I have placed these locks, despite quite a bit of determination on his part. I’ve been so impressed with this product that I’ve purchased additional locks to place on the door that leads to our basement and our linen closet door. I also have strategically placed one of these locks on the door to the playroom, as there are times during the day, especially prior to nap or bedtime, when I don’t want my son to get all of the toys out.
Interestingly, I have seen some negative reviews of this product on Amazon where reviewers say their kids have been able to open doors despite the lock being in place. This has not been the case for me, so I have no hesitation recommending this product. They do have a 90 day warranty, so I guess if they don’t work properly you could always return them for a full refund.
I should mention that these locks are not the most pretty thing I’ve ever seen, but they blend into our white doors, and they get the job done. The look of these locks is not that big of deal to me when I consider the safety and peace of mind that they provide.
Overall, installation is quite simple and the Safety 1st Lever Handle Lock does a nice job of keeping my son out of areas around the house that I’ve deemed unsafe for a curious two year-old. Babyproofing can be a bit daunting and I recommend considering this product if you have lever door handles in your home. I’ve been pleased with how well these door locks have worked for my son and I know that they will come in handy once my daughter starts walking!