We recently were able to purchase our forever home, something I am crazy excited about. The house needs a lot of work, but it's a house that has been in my husband's family for generations. There is a lot of history there, and a lot of family.
What there isn't a lot of is just plain safety. His grandparents gave up on child-proofing many years ago...assuming they ever did. Things were different back then in a lot of ways. I'm not sure if insisting on furniture anchoring and baby-proofing drawers is making me the "normal" mom or the "paranoid" mom in the playgroup. Whatever. I can sleep easier at night knowing my kids are safe in our own home.
Child-proofing has certainly changed over the years, and has in fact changed quite a bit just in the last decade. Drawer latches used to be the go-to for keeping kids out of cabinets, but I really hate those things. First off, they're just a pain to get open sometimes. But more importantly, they still allow the drawer or cabinet to open a little bit. And that little bit is just enough room for my 2 year old to get his tiny little hand in. So how safe are they, really?
Now that we're babyproofing the new house, I am really loving the magnetic cabinet locks. Without the magnet "key", the cabinet will not open at all. Place the magnet in the right spot and it unlocks, allowing you to easily open the door.
Now, I'm not going to lie. I love these things, but they aren't exactly what you would call cheap. Safety Baby sells a pack of 4 locks and 1 key for $24.99. Putting them on every cabinet and drawer you have is probably going to end up costing a pretty penny.
I've chosen to use magnetic locks on cabinets and drawers that fit into one of two categories: the cabinets contain something poisonous/harmful or the furniture itself is antique. If I put these on the cabinets that I keep the household cleaners in, I don't have to worry that little hands will find their way in. And because these require no tool and instead use 3M adhesive tape, I don't have to put screw holes into some of our nicer pieces of furniture.
Because it uses adhesive instead of hardware, you do have to give it a full 24 hours to really harden and adhere. After doing so I've had no problems with them coming off. In fact, the adhesive is way stronger than I was expecting. Just make sure you give it the time!
Again, I couldn't imagine using them on every single cabinet or drawer we own because that would get expensive fast. If, however, you have drawers or cabinets that tiny hands absolutely can't get in, or if you can't put holes in the cabinets because you're renting, these are a great option.
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