There is such a thing, as a parent, as ‘too quiet’. ‘Too quiet’ usually means racing to the bathroom to see if the toilet is filled with toilet paper, or worse, your iPhone. A toilet seat lock can keep the toilet from becoming your toddlers favorite waterpark, and keep your peace of mind intact.
Best Toilet Seat Lock
- Safety 1st Swing Shut Toilet Lock – swings in place to ensure the toilet lid can’t be opened
- Jool Child Safety Strap Lock– a simple strap mechanism that keeps the toilet lid closed
- Mommy’s Helper LID – LOK– LOK – a smaller contraption that hinges in place
A toilet seat lock relies on your toddlers inherent lack of coordination. Usually the user has to press two buttons simultaneously and/or move a lever in order to allow the toilet seat lid to lift. The magic is that tiny hands and fingers can’t manage this coordination leaving your toilet a play-free zone.
There are basically three types of toilet seat locks:
- Swing Locks. These are affixed to the top of the toilet lid and the tank, using a lever to prevent the lid from lifting.
- Strap Locks. Essentially a strap is attached between the toilet bowl and the lid.
- Hinge Locks. Also attached between the toilet bowl and the lid but consists of a solid plastic ‘hinge’ rather than a strap.
SWING LOCK: Safety 1st Swing Shut Toilet Lock
Things to Like:
- One handed unlocking
- Swings out of the way for toilet use
- Automatically re-locks when lid is lowered
- No drilling necessary
A swing lock relies on the simple action of a lever to prevent the toilet seat and lid from lifting. The lever itself is adhered to the toilet seat lid, and the stopper to the front of the tank. It is easy to install; ensure the surfaces are clean and then adhere the pieces to the toilet seat lid and the tank (you may want to mark the correct locations before hand).
STRAP LOCK: Jool Child Safety Strap Locks
Things to Like:
- Useful for toilets, cabinets, and appliances
- Easy to install
- Simple opening mechanism
- Money back guarantee
Strap locks are a simple solution, are easy to install, and can be used for more than just securing the toilet seat lid. To install, adhere one end of the strap to the toilet bowl and the other end to the top of the toilet seat lid (be sure not to make the strap too tight – you’ll need a little ‘give’ in order to open it up). Adults, and older children, will find it quick and easy to open and to latch closed.
HINGE LOCK: Mommy’s Helper LIDLOK
Things to Like:
- A less intrusive lock
- Easily installed
- Easy for adults and older children to open
This toilet lock works like a hinge; the lower portion of the hinge is attached to the toilet bowl rim and the upper L-shaped portion then hinges up to secure the toilet seat lid. It’s a simple and compact solution that locks very quickly and is easy to unlock also.
Toilet Seat Lock Tips and Tricks
A few things to look for when purchasing a toilet seat lock:
- Ease of Installation. All of the above options are super easy to install using the adhesive that is part of the mechanism. You won’t need any tools and won’t need to permanently alter the toilet in any way.
- Ease of Removal. The adhesive used in each toilet lock can be easily removed by heating the area with a hairdryer and then easing the device off the toilet. Use rubbing alcohol or a Goo Gone type product to wash away the remainder of the adhesive.
- Ease of Opening. Adults, and older children, should be able to quickly and easily unlock and open the toilet. Check out the different mechanisms and make sure that your toddler WON’T be able to open it, but that those who need to be able to open it WILL be able to.
- Other Bathroom Safety Tips:
- Lock the under-counter cabinet also. Never keep toxic cleaners or chemicals under the sink – but put a lock on this cabinet anyway; even seemingly harmless items like extra shampoo can be hazardous to young children.
- Slip an elastic around the toilet paper roll. This will stop toddlers from unrolling massive amounts of toilet paper (it’ll stop your cat too if that’s a problem in your house 🙂 )
- Consider a outside lock on the entire bathroom door. A simple hook and eye lock mounted high on the outside of the door can stop toddlers from even entering this room, preventing them from even accessing anything they shouldn’t.
- Don’t Forget to Tell Your Guests. Remember to tell any guests about the toilet seat lock, and how to unlock it. No-one wants to sheepishly return from the bathroom and admit that they don’t know how to open the toilet. What may seem super obvious to you may not be so obvious to someone who has never seen one.