5 Reasons to Put a Screen Door on Your Baby’s Room

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5 reasons to put a screen door in your baby's room // A post that talks all about why we did it and why you should to!

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Put a Screen Door on Your Baby’s Room

When we first started creating Olivia’s nursery years ago, I started thinking about how I wanted to be able to keep the cats out of her room. I was afraid that they would want to snuggle with her at night and I didn’t want them to suffocate her. My parents came up with this BRILLIANT idea to put a really cute screen door to her room. Besides being practical, it also looks pretty darn cute. I have had SO many people ask me about these doors, so I decided to make a blog post out of it so that others may benefit from it as well. Both Ellie and Olivia now have these screen doors on their rooms in front of their main doors!

We purchased our screen door here! OR you can easily order this one online here!

5 reasons to put a screen door in your baby's room // A post that talks all about why we did it and why you should to!

5 Reasons why you should put a screen door on your baby’s room

1.) To keep animals out but still be able to see and hear well // Especially during the first year when SIDS is always on the back of your mind, you want to make sure that pets can’t go in and cuddle with them while they sleep. I kept Olivia’s crib empty until she was 2 (because I am a bit OCD about it) so we just kept the screen door on hers and it will stay there most likely forever πŸ™‚ 

2.) To allow air to flow nicely throughout all the rooms especially when heat and air conditioning are on // This allows their rooms cool down and heat up appropriately

Putting together your baby's nursery? Here is something you may not have thought of! 5 Reasons why you should put a screen door on your baby's room...a baby nursery must if you have pets!

5 reasons to put a screen door in your baby's room // A post that talks all about why we did it and why you should to!

3.) It’s cute // yep, this is one of my reasons. I love the “homey”
 type feel they give the room!

4.) It allows any visitors you have over to be able to get a little glimpse of the nursery without keeping the door shut all the time. Even when Ellie isn’t in there, I don’t want the cats going in and sleeping in the crib, since they shed a TON and I don’t want her sleeping in cat hair. 

5.) I secretly love the screech and slam of a screen door. Reminds me of being in the countryside in an old 1800s farmhouse. 

5 reasons to put a screen door in your baby's room // A post that talks all about why we did it and why you should too!

I know that there are definitely a few people that have done this in the past but I just think it’s so brilliant! We love ours!

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35 Comments

  1. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    July 28, 2016 / 10:23 am

    Now this is totally genius. I love it and you are right, it also looks fabulous.

  2. Taylor
    July 28, 2016 / 10:35 am

    This is very cute! Can you think of any benefits of using a screen door vs. a dutch door?

    • Cristina
      August 2, 2016 / 3:12 pm

      If you have cats, they’ll just jump over the Dutch door.

      • Bethany
        August 17, 2016 / 1:15 am

        My cats would just climb and tear the screen if I had one in the house. They already sometimes do that to the window screens.

        • Amy
          August 17, 2016 / 1:30 pm

          They have animal screen material that can stand up to a screwdriver. That would be a way for you to benefit from this idea.

  3. Jennifer Lavelle
    August 3, 2016 / 7:14 am

    Does the slam not wake your wee one? Or do you have something in place to reduce that noise?

  4. esther
    August 9, 2016 / 12:41 am

    Where did you find this specific screen?

  5. Abby
    August 15, 2016 / 6:10 pm

    When I was a kid, I grew up in a farmhouse. My parents used window shutters that were about 4 feet high. Same concept different look.

  6. Katie
    August 16, 2016 / 10:13 pm

    I have screen doors on both of my kids rooms, also to keep my cats out of the cribs when they were babies. I have noticed their rooms also seem to have less dust than other rooms! Reason #6! Reason 7…the sound it makes in the morning when my son comes out of his room wakes me right up if I haven’t gotten up yet! (This can be great in the teenage years if they think they are going to try to sneak out!)

    • August 21, 2016 / 12:39 am

      There is such a thing called privacy. I would have hated to have to change with a huge screen door in my room as a teenager. I think child age is ok, but at some point you need to give your kids a door and allow them to have their door closed. If you trust your kids, there shouldn’t be a problem with them sneaking out, but I can tell you from experience, helicopter parenting will do nothing but push them to rebel! πŸ™‚

      • Katie
        August 23, 2016 / 11:06 am

        If you read the post the screen door is mounted in front of the regular door. There is plenty of privacy.

      • Shawna
        February 12, 2017 / 4:30 pm

        Ummmmmm seriously? It’s not hard to add a door at any given moment

      • Shawna
        February 12, 2017 / 4:32 pm

        Plus there is still a door there lol smh @ people

      • Barbara
        September 29, 2017 / 4:11 am

        There’s such a thing called parenting! Many parents seem to forget they are responsible for their children EVEN the teens. Don’t have kids if you aren’t going to see it through to adulthood. Actually ESPECIALLY teens need supervision, not helicoptering but you need to supervise them. It is your responsibility to know where your children are, what they are doing, and especially in this day and age of electronics, what they are up to, and who with. Your job as their parent is to NOT be their friend, but to raise them to be responsible, healthy and law abiding adults. FYI, as a person who has an education in this area, children, even TEENS crave boundaries and supervision. It gives them an out with their peers. A teen who really has an issue with this is the one who needs it the most. When a person doesn’t want to be transparent they are hiding something, or are in pain.

  7. Amy
    August 17, 2016 / 1:33 pm

    Another reason would be that when you convert their crib into a bed that latch that keeps the cats out will keep your kids in and allow you to be able to tend to them without them running around the house or worse near the stairs.

  8. September 5, 2016 / 11:30 pm

    What a super cute idea! I never thought about this but I love it so much I’m going to have to try it! I just discovered this blog and I have to say I love your farmhouse style! True inspiration for my own home. Thanks!

  9. Kristin
    September 28, 2016 / 5:45 pm

    Where did you get the screen door? Home Depot? When you click on the link it goes to Home Depot’s website but not the door itself. Do you have the name at the one you have? Yours is just so cute and would love to get one

  10. Kristin
    September 28, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    Is this a fire hazard? I was always taught to keep doors shut while you sleep so that if there’s a fire, it can’t get into the room as quickly.

  11. E
    November 22, 2016 / 10:39 am

    At first i thought it was a cute idea.
    Many issues for me – safety – rapid fire exit – can you get out fast enough; can you get to your child quickly wnough in a fire?
    Also, being latched/trapped in the room if you’re in there with your child and an intruder latches you in (you could rip the screen but still).
    Main issue for me, the cats have the run of the house and the kids are caged?
    I’d keep the cats in a room and let the kids function like humans instead of zoo animals.

    • Shawna
      February 12, 2017 / 4:28 pm

      That’s a super negative way to look at it. I think everyone wins in this situation. Young children do not need full roaming capabilities first of all and cats do not need to be locked up. Once the child is old enough to keep itself from being suffocated by a cat I’m sure she will no longer need the door.

      • Kristin
        July 13, 2017 / 12:23 pm

        It’s not a negative way to look at it, it’s logical. This is flat out a fire hazard. Ask your local fire department if they recommend this and they will tell you absolutely not. House fires are generally unlikely to occur but God forbid it happens to you and your child is the only one left unprotected.

        • Barbara
          September 29, 2017 / 4:35 am

          The screen door can be kept open, or even unlocked with the door closed at night while the actual door room is shut. No where does it talk about not being able to use the bedroom door, or locking a child in. Just because these parents don’t close their doors at night, doesn’t mean you can’t close your bedroom doors at night. You’re reading too many of your issues into this article. Take a couple of deep breaths and move on if you don’t like it, but something’s wrong with you if you are so invested in this that you feel the need to argue. I wish you well, but more importantly I wish you peacefulness.

  12. November 30, 2016 / 3:34 pm

    I like that you say that getting a screen door for your baby’s room is protect them from any animals you might have. I agree that this is really important. I’ll have to remember this when my wife and I decide to have a baby.

  13. lily
    January 17, 2017 / 11:06 am

    This has such a pleasing look. I love it and may use this idea even though I don’t have pets and about to be an empty nester.

    And with the original room door in place, I can choose to close it any time.

  14. Alicia
    January 21, 2017 / 11:46 pm

    Would love to know where you bought this screen door. We created a special Playmobil collectors room for our son in a spare upstairs bedroom. We don’t like when he is in there and has the door close to keep our Puppy out.
    Thanks!

  15. Shawna
    February 12, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Wow. I LOVE this idea. There’s no way around the fact that I will need to do the same exact thing when I have a nursery. I have 5 cats lol! This is perf πŸ‘ŒπŸΎ

  16. Monica
    March 4, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    We did this and we totally love it!

  17. March 9, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    When we’re talking about an infant car seat, we’re referring to the small bucket seat

  18. Laura
    March 23, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    My dad made us a screen door since we 8 foot tall doors and it’s hard to find big door in a screen version, he’s such a sweet man. Anyways, not why I’m writing…:)

    Your hinges, are they spring loaded? If so, did they come with the door or did you order separately? I’m liking what I see in your picture!! Thanks in advance!

  19. Terry
    June 1, 2017 / 3:05 am

    This is a great idea, but I don’t need it because of kids. My daughter moved out and left her birds, two parakeets and a cockatiel, that she couldn’t care for anymore. They’re in her old room which is now a craft/guest room. I’d really like to adopt a cat and would like to feel comfortable that feathers and fur won’t mix, unless I completely control access to the room. I like to keep the ‘bird room’ door open for air flow and because the cockatiel talks to me throughout the day. SO… an interior screen door seems perfect! So glad to be given this idea.

  20. Suz
    August 22, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    Hey Lynzy, do you think you could respond to the questions people are asking you about where you got the door please?

    • Brandy
      October 14, 2017 / 12:10 am

      There are 2 links in the beginning of her article, click the words “here” when she writes we got our screen door here or you can buy online here, those are the links one is Home Depot and the other will bring you to the door on amazon.

  21. Barbara
    September 29, 2017 / 4:41 am

    I love this idea!!! I have my mom stay with us quite often and even though she tolerates the indoor pets, she wants them no where near the room she stays in. This would be perfect so that the room keeps aired out, and the animals stay out. Thank you so much for sharing.

  22. Bruno
    November 16, 2017 / 1:20 am

    Only problem for me anyways. The doors in my house are 30″ x 80″ which is an impossible size to find. Home depot, Lowe’s only carry the standard outside door sizes of 32 or 36 x 80. Home depot wants $400 for the special order size. Guess I could just build my own πŸ€”

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