S.Y. asks from Pittsburgh, PA on April 14, 2009
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I must say that I am impressed with the number of answers I received...thank you to all!
As for the advice of teaching my dd to touch the stove...well, to me, that goes without saying, but I've always been of the opinion that for babies and toddlers, one modifies the environement, not the child. My girlfriend has beautiful but breakable and dangerous trinkets throughout the house...when I ask her, she says she says "no no" to her baby and sometimes macks the baby's hand! Needless to say, I put all of MY dangerous things in the attic until my dd is older. Just part of the whole "childproofing" thing for me.
So I guess what I'm saying is that while I do appreciate simply using the word "no" with my dd near the stove, I don't trust the curiosity of a toddler not to outweigh her desire to obey the command. Would I let her play on the sidewalk while I am inside and trust her not to run in traffic because I firmly told her "no" in the past? Absolutely not! I would guard her and place myself BETWEEN her and the street. That is what I wanted to use the stove guard for.
I hope you understand my position, and thank you for all of your responses! :)
P.W. answers from Philadelphia on April 15, 2009
I bought a stove guard because I didn't want my son to grab a pot from the stove. He never paid attention to the stove until I put the stove guard there, then it tried to throws balls on the stove to see if they would land on the stove guard. Within a week, he ripped off the stove guard. Once it was gone, he didn't pay anymore attention to the stove.
I basically cooked on the rear eyes of the stove until he was older and made sure he was not near the stove when I took items from the oven.
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T.B. answers from Pittsburgh on April 15, 2009
My husband installed the knob covers when I was pregnant as one dopey morning I turned on the gas stove with my huge belly (and didn't know it - that's a whole other FUNNY story). Anyway, they are a fact of life now as we have a very inquisitive toddler and despite "HOT" and "NO", she wants to mimic everything I do. So if you cook a lot and are worried, get those covers. I know we got the first set as a gift from my dad, but I'm pretty sure we got the replacement set at either Bed Bath & Beyond or Babies R Us. As for the pots on the stove, keep the handles rotated inward to the wall and cook on the back two burners as a habit. Luckily, they do learn quickly as my daughter has quit trying to touch the oven door:)
E.F. answers from Pittsburgh on April 15, 2009
I'm just teaching my son not to touch the stove-- every time he does, he goes to time out. I'm not too cranky, but there are a few hard and fast rules, and not touching the stove is one of them. Other than that, we keep the pot handles all facing in and (obviously) never leave him alone in the kitchen-- or let him near the stove-- when the stove is hot.
B.D. answers from Pittsburgh on April 14, 2009
I don't think anything will help more than telling her from an early age not to touch the stove, the stove is very hot, she could get burnt very easily, and the stove is not a toy.
I have never had a stove guard and am truly grateful that it has never been an issue.
B.R. answers from Reading on April 15, 2009
Well i read what some people had to say and if you still want to get one. go to onestepahead.com they have some on there.
J.M. answers from Erie on April 14, 2009
I've never used a stove guard, honestly, I didnt even knew they made them. I never had a problem with my little one touching the stove either. I just told her "hot!" and she learned pretty fast. But, I read your responses and figured I'd snoop around online for ya. I found some other than Prince Lionheart. I found one at www.onestepahead.com and another at www.TotShield.com. I found the one from TotShield at Amazon.com too. You can check them out and read the reviews. Hope I helped some! Good Luck!
J.E. answers from Philadelphia on April 15, 2009
Try www.onestepahead.com they have a lot of safety products if thats not the right web address just google it.
M.M. answers from Pittsburgh on April 15, 2009
We never used stove guards either, just always said "HOT" in a loud voice and if they did get too close to a stove hot or not we would say "no". Neither of my kids have ever touched a hot stove. Our concern was always what if we're at someone else's house and we're desensitized to the danger? So we felt it was better to teach them of the dangers.