As a parent, we want to protect our children but some of the dangers that we may not think of are within our own home. If you have a younger child that loves to explore, you need to make sure that you childproof cabinets that may hold dangers to your child in the way of poisons and breakables. If you’ve been thinking about child proofing your home, this article will give you a few suggestions on how to do it.
The first thing you need to do is go through the cabinets in your home and see what needs to be child proofed. After you’ve decided what needs to be child proofed in your home, go through the cabinets and see if you can eliminate any of the items that could be harmful to your child.
If you find that you can’t eliminate many or any of the harmful items, consolidate. Is one cabinet not as full as it could be? Try to keep harmful items together. That way you won’t have to lock as many cabinets.
Install latches inside your cabinet. The latch consists of two pieces. One piece hooks at the top of your cabinet, right above where the door meets. The other piece goes towards the top of the cabinet door itself. When your child tries to open the door, the plastic latch pieces hit each other and won’t open. If you want to open it, you simply push down on the extending piece and the cabinet will open right up. You can buy a childproof latch such as this at Wal-Mart or Target. They are usually sold in a two pack.
There are also latches that you can install on the outside of your cabinets called Sliding Cabinet Lock. These work if you have two knobs that are side by side. A strip of plastic goes over the edges of the knobs and another piece at the end latches so that it can’t be opened unless you squeeze the inside of the look to take it off. You can buy them from stores like Wal-Mart or even Amazon.com for $1.99.
If there is a cabinet that you don’t plan on getting into or it sits empty but you don’t want your child to get into it because of splinters or spiders, you can also tape the front of the cabinet closed. Use clear packaging tape for a non offensive look. Make sure you use a lot along the top, bottom and middle so that it won’t open up for your child. This is good if your cabinet is nasty inside and you don’t want your child even opening it a fraction of an inch, which your child will be able to do with the two piece latch.
If your child still tries to get into the cabinets, you might want to consider giving them their own cabinet to put their toys in, paper, crayons, etc. Teach them to use their cabinet responsibility and they may start to leave the other cabinets alone.