5 Reasons to Put a Screen Door on Your Baby's Room - Lynzy & Co.

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 🙂 

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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      1. 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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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!)

    1. 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! 🙂

      1. 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.

        1. Speaking as a mom of 4 grown children, you’re absolutely right!
          Also, for OP, the blog clearly states that there IS a door already up and the screen door is in front of it. If you’re going to be so opinionated about the article, at least do more than skim it

        2. Exactly! Privacy was earned in our house. When my son was around ten he went through a “sneaking” period where he would sneak food and candy into his room (wasn’t allowed to eat in his room) and turn on electronics when they were supposed to be off. As a result he had his bedroom door taken off, he had to prove he wasn’t going to sneak stuff and earn his door back. Took him about a month but he never snuck food into his room after that!

      2. It seems you could put a screen door and a regular door together. I do agree with keeping cats out of a babies room, they love to lay next to them or on them!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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.

    1. Wow, I have never heard that and definitely never do that. It seems like you probably would be less likely to notice a fire until it’s gotten out of control, too? (My cats would drive me crazy scratching on the door so I couldn’t anyway lol)

      1. Yes, bedroom doors being shut slows the spread of fire. I actually didn’t know about it until my girl scout troop visited our local fire department a few months ago.

        1. For the daytime I think it’s great! I love the look & the benefit of keeping our cat out without shutting the main door to the room.

          1. As someone who recently had their home burn down I’d be too worried. I was co-sleeping with my son when the fire happened and even with him right next to me by the time I picked him up and got out of the house our room was engulfed in flames. If the door is closed smoke doesn’t fill the room as fast and the fire doesn’t spread as fast. It’s something that literally can save your life! I could see having the screen door for when you’re awake tho and it is super cute but at night doors definitely need to be closed!

    2. That is why i kept my childs rooms closed at night. now as adults they say how mean i was to close them into their rooms at night. i always had night light in room at night. a closed door will keep out smoke and not allow the fire to enter room so quickly. lesson learned here, they is always a drawback to any idea. everyone needs to see if it works for them or not.

  7. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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 👌🏾

    1. I tried to do this for my nursery but the door knob for the main door would have prevented both from being closed at the same time. How did you remedy this issue?

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

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

    1. 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.

      1. The link to the exact screen door is broken and leads to an error. The amazon screen door isn’t cute.

  15. 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.

  16. 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 🤔

    1. Our fix for this was moutning it on a barndoor style hinge 🙂 worked great and can still close her inner door at night, we use the screen door for naps and playtime for when we are awake during the day.

  17. Wenn have got something similar, Leo is nearly 3years now. We keep it shut during the night so that he cannot leave his room on his own and roam around the house unsupervised while we’re asleep. As he has always slept in his bed in his room since he was 1 year old, this is perfectly okay.
    It suits as as it gives him the safety and freedom and independence to get up and be in his room and play at the same Time – which he has never done though.

  18. I loved this post so much that I decided to try it in my nursery. I bought the door from Home Depot, but I am struggling trying to figure out how I am going to paint it. I was wondering if you popped the screen out or what process you used?

  19. I like how you used a screen door to keep your baby safe from animals, but also keep an eyes on them while they sleep and play. It will also help keep them safe from any mosquitoes or bugs that may fly into the house. My friend just had a baby, so I think she’d really appreciate this article. Thanks for the great idea!

  20. I think this is an awesome idea for teens, too. If the door is introduced when young, a screen door gives the feeling of boundaries, or privacy. We’ve always left our doors open in the house. If we need to close a door, it’s for a quick change of clothing. Often when my kids have had friends over, the friends want to close the door and exclused parents from over-hearing them. A screen door would give the feeling of privacy and a boundary that is healthy but, not excluding.

  21. Very good idea! a #6 reason is mosquitos, where I live we have lots of mosquitos in the spring and summer, so we we’re going to put a mosquito net around the crib so she doesn’t get bit at night, but this is way better!

  22. it is not safe to sleep with a bedroom door open. Look up pictures from house fires and the difference between doors open and doors closed. Leaving a door open will result In a death in a house fire

  23. I’m looking for the exact Screen door you used in your nursery. The link you provided isn’t working… thanks!

  24. Hello there!! I was thinking of getting the boring outdoor magnetic screen door because of my cats but googled “screen doors for nursery” and saw this article. How would we get a DECORATIVE one like the picture on this site? Do you make them?? Please share your thoughts.

  25. One reason to not leave your bedroom doors open at night…if you have a fire, all the smoke and flames can travel ,due to air drafts,much more quickly through your house with all your doors open. You could be killed by the smoke alone before you are even aware there is a fire. A solid door protects you from the heat of the fire until you can escape via the windows. If a damp towel or blanket is stuffed under the door. It gives you even more time to escape. A fire alarm is very critical to your whole family’s survival. I’d invest in that before a screen door on a baby’s room.

  26. This is a absolutely TERRIBLE idea. Are you completely clueless as to how much time a proper closed door can give you in the event of a fire? This is honestly the dumbest most ignorant idea I’ve seen for a nursery.

  27. I want to do this for our daughter who is almost 10 and has autism. It’ll give her the sense of privacy without a completely solid door so still has complete visual and auditory supervision. Tweens are hard!

  28. I love the decor this brings. However, as a safety professional, i really want to warn you against not having a true door on all bedrooms. The amount of ptotection a closed door brings to a bedroom in the event of a home fire is amazing. Youtube has great videos of how a fire completely destroys a home but the rooms that the door is closed to seems untouched. Its so hard to commit to closing a room if an infant, i am guilty of it too, i just wanted to give you some safety information that you might find helpful. You did a beautiful job on the room and door though. God bless.