Here are some tricks you can try to baby proof your home cabinets and drawers using day-to-day materials if you like to Do-It-Yourself.
Baby proof your cupboards with an rubberÂ band
If your cupboards have knobsÂ rather than handles then you might be ableÂ to keepÂ your little one out with nothing moreÂ than a rubber band.
When the doors are closed, justÂ find a rubber band that will stretch over 2 cupboardÂ doors and areÂ tight enough that it will not fly off. MakeÂ sure you chooseÂ thick rubber bands as theÂ slimer ones may snap easily.
Move all unsafe products
Not all items inside cupboards are dangerous to your kids. However, by simply relocating all the dangerous products to a single drawer and secure it will make sure your kids cannot reach them easily. Dangerous items may includeÂ bathroom and kitchen cleaning products such as Caustic soda, Dettel, bleach and disinfectants etc.
Then you will have to be careful not to miss things that can be riskyÂ to your kids. E.g., loose cupboard doors that can pinch your little ones’ fingers or sharp corners on benches.
Extra pointers to child proofÂ your cabinets
Here areÂ 3 pointersÂ to help you keep your kidsÂ safeÂ around cabinets.
1. Do not allow your child watch you unlockingÂ cabinet locks.
Kids learn by mimicking, and surprisingly quickly too. He will ultimately be able to unlockÂ the locks on his own if your little one watches you doing so often enough.
When you go to unlock a child proofingÂ lock, try to position your body between on yours andÂ your child’s if he is near by. This will obstruct your child’s views and aid maintain your cabinets childproof a little longer.
2. No child proofingÂ cabinet lock is fool proof.
Guests that have never ever had kidsÂ may forget toÂ put the locks back on or it may just skipÂ your mind. In a split second, your youngster will be subjected to all the risks you worked so hard to protect them from.
As a back up plan, it is advisable thatÂ you move all hazardous things such as cleaning productsÂ or ceramic plates to cabinetÂ rooms which will be difficult to get to. Additionally you could hideÂ dangerousÂ products in Tupperware containers.
3. Cabinet locks are not a replacement for supervision.
JustÂ because you have child proofing locks does not meanÂ you can just stop watchingÂ your child.Â So be mindful that you will always need to be alert and look out for items that may post risks to your kids.