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We put magnet locks on everything. No pinched fingers, no way to pry the door/drawer open, no lock to pick or break. They automatically lock when closed, and if you don’t want that door or drawer to lock anymore, even just temporarily, you just push a button that keeps the latch down so it won’t lock until you release it. They’re invisible to the outside so it’s not an eyesore, and very easy to use. Highly recommend.
We just blocked off the whole damn kitchen. Kid gets into absolutely everything otherwise… She managed to pull all the knobs off the cooker and open the oven (which I sometimes struggle to do)!
Amateur, hasn’t had to relocate the kitchen trashcan yet.
Yep. I didn’t think I would have to baby proof at all, I didn’t!
I had to toddler-proof. We have always had the kitchen cupboard locked for obvious reasons, then eventually I did the one in our room once I felt more comfortable with him roaming around our room, then the spare bathroom because he grabbed the toilet bowl cleaner a couple times when I turned away for half a second lmao. Now the knife drawer has one, the oven drawer has one (he has skinned my toe a couple times pulling it out) and sometimes we have to put a baby gate in front of the food pantry hahahah.
Toddlers are cool until you realize all that money you thought you wouldn’t spend on baby proofing turns into double expenses due to new found abilities.
I definitely had to call poison control one morning after dad left the cupboard unlatched and our 15-month-old took a bite out of a dishwasher detergent pod. Baby was fine. Poison control was not impressed because babies are constantly biting these things, apparently. Now we have an old-school u-lock that we’ll take off when baby graduates high school because I just don’t want to chance it.
My now toddler has been able to get through every safety lock we’ve tried. We currently have anything dangerous in the cabinet under the sink. It is zip tied shut. To open, we have to cut it open, then use a new zip tie to close it.