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    Posted by ChocolateyBear (U9570248) on Wednesday, 3rd September 2008

    I am planning to buy stuff to babyproof the house today.
    I was wondering whether anyone used magnetic locks to keep cupboard doors closed? They have them in Mothercare, but I don't understand how they work smiley - doh - how do adults open them? Are they any good?

    Also, I remember seeing somewhere once that you can get a sort of metal chain-link lockable box to keep all your washing powder, bleach etc in, does anyone know what I am talking about, and where you can get them?



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    Posted by Smily (U2746796) on Wednesday, 3rd September 2008


    I went abit mad with buying babyproofing stuff but found I didnt really need it with my LO. I ended up returning most of the stuff. I think after a certain age they loose interest in drawers and cupboards. My LO is 16 months and understands no means no and doesnt even go towards the stairs so I just have one stairgate at the top of the stairs. Having said that afew locks on cupboards are useful for peace of mind. Also just keeping things out of reach until they can climb may be good idea. I havent really used plug sockets or anything.

    I used the sticky back ones locks for cupboards as I didnt want to ruin my furniture. Some are good but some just come off after pulling. I got mine from a local baby shop.

    Hope that helps


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    Posted by rinkydink (U5550491) on Wednesday, 3rd September 2008

    The only safety things we have used are stair gates smiley - blush

    But I allowed my LOs into one cupboard (pots and pans) and they knew they were not allowed in any others. We did have the fireguard up too, but mainly to stop them from eating the coals smiley - doh, as the fire was never on.

    I am a believer in them learning no means no, rather than stopping them getting in. I have actually seen toddlers learn how to undo the clasps and get in anyway smiley - yikes and curiosity does get the better of themsmiley - erm

    Each to their own tho' and if you feel better getting the safety things, then Motehercare do a pack which includes clasps, corner cushions and door cushions I think (I bought it and never used itsmiley - doh)


    RD smiley - biggrin

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    Posted by funny mummy (U8181470) on Wednesday, 3rd September 2008

    We have only one safety catch on and that's on the cupboard under the kitchen sink.

    To be honest I've found that having a safety gate across the kitchen door meant I could keep DD out when needed but let her in when I'm doing the washing up or making her sandwiches.

    That's what working for us anywaysmiley - smiley

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    Posted by Liz (U1914411) on Wednesday, 3rd September 2008

    We have a clasp on the cupboard under the sink (where all the nasties are kept) but are going to get stairgates: 1 for the kitchen and 2 for top/bottom of stairs. I also think it's important for LOs to be allowed on the stairs though so they can learn how to climb/descend them safely (under supervision of course). DD's 1 in a couple of weeks so we're hoping to put some money towards it all.

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    Posted by homewith2kids (U2279766) on Wednesday, 3rd September 2008

    We babyproofed the main room where the children played - with socket covers, bookshelves screwed to the wall, wires secured but not corner protectors or anything - and then put a stairgate across that door. For all the rest of the house, we didn't babyproof (exceot for storing poisonous cleaning fluids in a high cupboard), accepting that in those rooms we would always be present and using verbal rules.

    That meant we had one room where we could put DS or DD for a couple of seconds if we might be distracted - e.g. talking on the phone - and know that they could explore there in safety without always having to say 'don't touch that', but it was a lot cheaper and less damaging to walls & furniture than doing the whole house.

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    Posted by Lullabelle67 (U11164040) on Wednesday, 3rd September 2008

    Sorry, I can't help with the babyproofing equipment. We only use stairgates and DD (16 mths) is also only allowed in the pots and pans cupboard. She seems to have lost interest in that for the moment. We never bothered with DS (3) either. I think they soon learn that cupboards and drawers aren't actually that interesting. Wish I could babyproof the tv remote control though!

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    Posted by annagada (U3334215) on Wednesday, 3rd September 2008

    We have the magnetic locks on the cupboard under the sink (with the cleaning stuff), and normal plastic external locks on the other food cupboards. One cupboard just has plastics and colanders in, so our DD can get in there. We've not bothered with drawers.

    The magnetic ones are okay, if a bit more of a faff to fit - it's a small drill job to get a pilot hole, but the end result is that they are invisible from outside. The key is magnetic and lives on the work surface on a metal pot. We lost our key once (Still haven't found it) and couldn't do any cleaning - how awful smiley - winkeye, but I had to go to Boots and get another one - all the keys are the same. It's good in that it closes automatically, wheras we often leave the food cupboard one open and she's never been very interested. Also, you can (apparently) just leave the snicker up on the mag lock so you don't need the key, but we haven't tried that much.

    I would say that after basic safety items babyproof as you go depending on the curiousity of the child. We've never (yet!) needed toilet locks, corner edges, or video/dvd covers, but presumably some people do.


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    Posted by esseremamma (U7545144) on Wednesday, 3rd September 2008

    I bought mine from Ikea, nice and cheap smiley - winkeye

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    Posted by ahopefulagain (U4594275) on Wednesday, 3rd September 2008

    The cupboard locks we have are rubbish. You can just pull the doors and they sometimes open. I can't remember what make they are though.

    I've put all the dangerous cleaning stuff in a high cupboard so DS cannot reach them. We also have babyproofed the living room totally (tv and computer are behind a fireguard and there's a stairgate on the door) so I can leave him in there are know he's safe. It's like a huge playpen!

    He never goes into the other rooms unless supervised.

    We don't have a stairgate on the stairs. I am always with him when he's near them and I taught him the safe way to climb down them.

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    Posted by ChocolateyBear (U9570248) on Wednesday, 3rd September 2008

    Thanks everyone,

    I was planning on mainly making the cupboard under the sink inpenetrable - we keep the medicines in there as well as cleaning products. DH and I listened to Case Notes on Radio 4 last night, about NHS poison unit in Newcastle smiley - sadface made me convinced that I want to make that cupboard locked now! I wasn't actually planning on any stairgates though, I thought I would rather teach DD to come down safely once she is crawling, or am I being stupid smiley - erm? I remember my younger brother seeing them as a challenge whenever he was at anyone else's house (we didn't have any stairs at home)

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    Posted by LinnaeHinterseher (U8615972) on Wednesday, 3rd September 2008

    Store bought child cuboard locks are rubbish...if your child has half a brain, he will figure them out.

    I used a plastic chain that I looped around the handles and put on a self-closing hook. (Like the ones that you find on a dog's line)It worked because most children can't open the hook till about three years old. I assembled these from the hardware store parts.

    As for corner gaurds, waste of money they don't fit and fall off. Insted, go and buy a roll of Tesa foam mirror tape. It should have the double side adhesive. Stick the one side to the danger corner. Just cut it to the perfect shape. Because it has double side adhesive, stick a cosmetic cotton square to the sticky exposed outer side and press it in and cut it to fit the foam Works great and looks nice. My friend who is a bit more fussy than me used color co- ordinated felt insted of the cotton squares.

    Outlet covers and a good stove gaurd is the only two good purchases you will make.

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    Posted by Kentishmum37 (U12749977) on Wednesday, 3rd September 2008

    Wen use the magnetic ones in the kitchen as you easily unlock them if you want to. Also added them to my dressing table after incident with my nail polish.

    We live in a bungalow and use stairgates on the kitchen, larder and dining room doors (alcohol). most of the time the kitchen one is left open, now and we also have a playpen in the kitchen with his kitchen in and although it is never locked he goes in there and plays.

    Also, bathroom has locks on the cleaning cupboards.


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    Posted by Bexsmum (U8941836) on Wednesday, 3rd September 2008

    Blimey - this was a while ago.

    We used the plastic locks on the cupboards and the fridge (mainly because once she discovered where her "noghurts" lived she was up to 6/7 a day, whenever my back was turned).

    Living in a cottage our stairs were very steep, so we used a stairgate top and bottom, and a socket cover on the most obvious ones. We didn't use cooker guards, or DVD/Video covers or anything like that though. And coal fires were just limited to after she had gone to bed.

    BM x

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    Posted by FattyCakeShop (U3460208) on Sunday, 16th November 2008

    I wish they would change the blasted tag line on the main page, it has been on this hot new topic for two months now.

    Sort it out Auntie.

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    Posted by fonkii (U15321536) on Tuesday, 26th June 2012


    We did buy the magnetic locks. They were useless as they fit only very specific spaces so it couldn't fit on any of the doors that we wanted to use it on. I would keep the receipt if I were you - just in case you need to return them.

    The most useful baby proofing locks we bought from ikea. they're easy to fit, pretty much universal & cheap. We also bought the power point protectors from ikea as well.

    We put all our detergents, bleaches etc on a shelf too high for baby to reach. We did buy a big tub with latchable lid for medicines etc. Its not child-proof though so we put that in a high place as well.

    hope that helps
    best of luck

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    Posted by Mary-Beth (U3534738) on Wednesday, 22nd August 2012

    bump for Fattycakeshop

    Don't know why the never change this on the front page!

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