Seeking New Childproofing Ideas

Updated on November 18, 2008
S.B. asks from Fullerton, CA
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My not-quite 14 month old figured out how to open the kitchen cabinets this weekend despite our childproofing efforts. We have those plastic arms installed that allow you to open the door a few inches so you can push down on it to get the up-turned lip past the other side. We have the same thing installed on the drawers, so I figure it won't be long until he figures those out as well (at least he can't see what he's doing there). None of our cabinets have knobs so we can't use the zip-tie-like products. I'm wondering if you mom's out there have any other suggestions/recommendations for products that will allow us to reclaim our cabinet space?

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answers from Los Angeles on

We have those same arms and luckily they do work for us, however we have some glass items out on shelves within our daughters reach. But .... she knows her toys are her toys, Daddy's pots and pans and glassware are NOT hers. Honestly, we just told her "no" from the start and she doesn't bother with our kitchen items. Does he have a set of shelves or boxes that are his somewhere else in the house? Maybe redirect him. Unfortunately, you have a bright one, so I am not sure childproofing stuff will deter him, especially if he thinks there are cool things behind those locked cabinets.
Good Luck.

One thing you can try but they are pricey - the magnets - it is a magnetic hook on the inside of the cabinet - then you have to slide a seperate magnet over the outside of the cabinet to release the lock. My neighbor has these and keeps the outside magnet stored up high, so kids can't reach it.

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answers from Los Angeles on

While I can't say I've had this issue either, I have heard of parents having success with designating a couple of "Safe" cabinets for the child to access. Perhaps that's where you keep your tupperware or plastic mixing bowls so that if he get is out he won't cause any damage. They are rather indestructable! I've hear that will usually deter them from wanting to bother the off limits cabinets. You will likely need to say "no" and do some redirecting initially, but I suspect you'll find that works well in the end. Perhaps that's even the cabinet where you keep his plastic bowls and plates and whatnot so that when you go to get him something to eat, he can learn appropriate access to cabinets to bring you a bowl or whatnot and at the sametime learn to help with the food preparation process. Just an idea. Best of luck to you!



answers from Los Angeles on

There is something out there that he can't open but I can't think of the name. It is magnetic, you have to have the "key" to open the doors. You wave it on a part of the door then it releases the magnetic hold. However, if it were me, and it was about 2.5 years ago. I'd just put some stuff that he can get to in the ones that he was opening. My son had full access to the tupperware (all of it) I mean I was cleaning it up nightly until I finally just put it in a hamper at the end of the day and when I needed something, I washed it and used it! LOL!! Also, I'd put some of his toys in a couple of the drawers and I'd change them out so he'd get something different often. He loved it and didn't bother with the other doors.




answers from Los Angeles on

Hi S.:
I agree with the mothers who gave their toddlers their own special cubboard. I did the same with my sons,and soon they left the others alone and went directly to their cuboard. I left wooden spoons and tupperware bowls and a cupcake pan with a few papers,and it kept them real busy while I did my cooking. Just make a big deal, out of him having his own cuboard. Mention it to hubby in front of him."Now remember" "this is His cuboard only" I wish you and your active son the best.

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