Babyproofing Your Front Door

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Q: HELP! My 21-month-old has officially figured out how to push a chair up to the front door, unlock the deadbolt and open the handle. I knew this day would come. I just didn't think it would be this soon. We have an older door with older fixtures so the standard knob baby proofing gear does not work. Plus I would like something extra heavy duty to deal with issues as concerning as access to street. Our other problem is that we rent so we can't do any major modifications. We would appreciate any/all advice, tips and suggestions for how you handled this situation at your home in order to keep your little ones safe and secure.

Sent by Lauren

Editor: This summer I saw a 3-year-old boy who lives in the apartment building next door to mine gleefully running down our street without a parent in sight. As I was asking him where he was going his father emerged, looking frantic, and ran down the street after him. Before this it hadn't occurred to me to think of ways to prevent my own son from being able to leave the apartment, but it's been on my mind ever since. Readers, have you found yourself in Lauren's shoes? What have you done?

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.