Monday, April 22, 2013

Baby-proofing 101

It's no secret my little Remy has been a mischievous toddler. She definitely has challenged us with baby-proofing our house! We never had to baby-proof as much with Rylie so we're still learning what really works best for keeping curious minds out of danger. We have a LOT of friends having babies this year, most of them having their first child. So I thought I'd pass along some advice in the baby-proofing department. Here are some recent reviews on just a few products, based on our opinions with what has worked best with us.

These door locks did not work for us at first!! We bought them for Rylie and right away she pulled down on the handle hard and it opened. However, I just read reviews stating if you install it upside down where you have to lift the handle up to open the door instead of down, it keeps children out. As long as they dont figure that out! But definitely harder to do than just pull down on the handle. So we tried it on the laundry room and it works! Keeps Remy out! Good news about these is they install between the door handles (you do have to use a screwdriver so there's minimal installation) but that assures you the lock isnt going anywhere.

These are what we ended up getting for most doors for Remy. They cost twice as much as the above locks but they work! They absolutely keep her out. Bad news, they're only stuck on with adhesive so who knows if it'll destroy the paint on our door when we remove them and hopefully they'll last years before the adhesive wears off. With that being said, there's practically no installation process on these. Also, they are a little bulkier than the above, so they dont work on doors that open in.

We installed these latches on "danger" cabinets when Rylie was a baby. Never had any trouble with them. Until Remy was born! Ha! She got into way more drawers/cabinets than Rylie ever tried to so we just installed more to everything in the kitchen. They're super cheap but do need to be screwed in so they stay in place well.

Remy though has decided she still really wants in the utensils drawer!

And squeezes her little arm in there to reach things!

Soooo these aren't really working for us anymore! I worry she will cut herself on a knife.

So I think we might give these a try. They're way more expensive than the latches but they dont open at all without a magnet key so there's no room to smash fingers or wedge little hands in there. My advice would be to start with these. They have good reviews online so far.

And Remy has started this last week!

So now I'm worried she'll pull that oven door open while something's cooking inside! (Our oven at least has child lock on the buttons so she cant turn it on by herself)

So this will also be our next safety purchase! An oven lock for ovens that are mounted into a wall. I'll come back with a followup on this after we try it out.

And as a reminder, keep all things hot/dangerous far back on counters! This little monkey has some arm strength and tries with all her might to get things on our counter and tall kitchen table!

Now....does anybody have any suggestions how to baby-proof this???

We have these stairs all over downstairs with split staircase and she keeps stair-climbing up the outside of the steps. I'm worried in our foyer she'll climb up high and fall on the tile and crack her head open. She's a fast little monkey!


~Shelly~ said...

OMG the oven climbing cracked me up! The drawer hook things dont work for our cabinets either. Are they different now or something? They never opened with Kinley but Presley just pulls the drawers right open! We have to get new ones! GOOD LUCK!

EMonaghan said...

Oven lock, yes! We have it! Cabinet locks, we have the magnetic ones and like them for the most part. They are definitely more expensive. And, you have to be kinda careful. We chose them because they were adhesive (we didn't want to screw into the cabinets). We had someone watching the boys one day and she was looking for the trash can and yanked the cabinet open. Pulled the lock right off.