I'm currently on paternity leave for our second child (hooray!). Now, more so than ever, I come home and find myself standing in front of my door, with a toddler, a bag over my shoulder, an empty water bottle in my hand, and a car seat containing an infant. Now I need to fish those keys out of my pocket to unlock and open the door. When I leave the house, I have to pack all of those same items into the car, then hopefully remember to head back to the door to lock it.
It sounds silly, but I think a smart lock would remove just a little bit of friction from coming or leaving home. With a toddler and now an infant, I'll take any bit of less friction I can get. It will also ease some anxiety when I leave in a hurry then question myself 10 minutes later about whether or not I locked the door.
The only lock on my door is a deadbolt, so it seems that there are several solutions out there. Really the only must-have is that the deadbolt automatically locks or unlocks when I leave the house or approach the door. Bonus points if I can lock or unlock remotely via an app. Double bonus points if I can lock or unlock via Amazon Alexa.
Does anyone have one? If so, any tips or recommendations? If not, why?