Child locks for kitchen/household cupboards...

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Marriage, Relationships & Families
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John_M_BusinessJohn_M_Business Forumite
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Hi there

Have a very active 14 monther who is trying desperately hard to investigate just about everything... which is fine by me, but I am fed up with the child locks we got from Homebase - they are far too flimsy and I've already had to replace about four of them in the last six months.

I was just wondering whether anyone else here has had experience of good child locks for ground level cupboards... they need to be:
- strong / lasting
- easy to use (i.e. aren't 'adult' locks too!)
- discreet (i.e. not on the front of the door)

Anyone got any recommendations?

Thanks

John
CarQuake / Ergo Digital
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  • NileNile Forumite, Board Guide
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    As the kitchen can be a very unsafe area for a child to be in, wouldn't a gate across the kitchen door be a better idea?
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  • Murphy_The_CatMurphy_The_Cat Forumite
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    Would a gate across the kitchen door be a good idea ??

    It would be a good idea if you don't mind your Tot screaming and crying because he cant see what his Mum or Dad is doing in the other room ;D

    A really cheap idea is to get strong elastic bands and wrap themn around the handles of double cupboards - but of no use at all with single cupboards.

    Or move everything of danger/damageable from ground level and let your Tot explore at his/her leisure.

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  • SpendlessSpendless Forumite
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    A gate would be awkward for us too as we have to walk thru dining room to access kitchen so a gate would keep them out of 2 rooms and we wouldn't be able to see them.

    I also did rubber bands and moved things about to adult height level. With a cupboard that opens into dining room i filled it with their toys, so they were more interested in what was in there.
  • jellyheadjellyhead Forumite
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    i used the same child locks from mothercare for years, they didn't break. as soon as i removed them my nephew ate a washing powder tablet - ick!
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  • John_M_BusinessJohn_M_Business Forumite
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    - Rubber bands - no good, most of the locks would be for single doors AND he's too strong.
    - Child gate - no good, open plan living area, there are two entrances to the kitchen area, one of which is 2 metres wide

    Essentially, I don't mind him being in the kitchen. He is well behaved and generally does what he's asked to do, and all dangerous items are out of reach... BUT I would prefer to ensure that he does not go fishing in cupboards.

    Will look at the Mothercare ones...
    CarQuake / Ergo Digital
  • Savvy_SueSavvy_Sue Forumite
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    Magnetic ones may fit the bill. And you can get them from Niche Locks.

    Described in detail here - check your doors are thick enough to take them. They sell both single packs and multipacks.

    They are a bit fiddly to fit but very discreet. I believe you can 'switch them off' if you don't need them any longer.

    The downside is that you then have to keep the magnet which opens the cupboards in a safe place, but I believe it is designed not be a choking hazard - you might want to check this! Put one of the magnets in a safe place because I can vouch for the fact that it takes a very strong magnet to unlock them! (Someone put both magnets down inside the cupboard and shut the door ... fortunately ours weren't very well aligned and I managed to jiggle one door open, but it took several weeks or intermittent jiggling to do it!)
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  • GladGlad Forumite, Board Guide
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    we used this type from mothercare
    lasted through 2 children and then removed them and passed them on to friends
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    we used this type from mothercare
    lasted through 2 children and then removed them and passed them on to friends

    oh my goodness.... I thought you meant the kids when i first read this :o
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  • I am pretty sure we got ours from Mothercare (although not the ones mentioned above). You can turn them sideways so that they don't 'catch' if you want to.
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  • John_M_BusinessJohn_M_Business Forumite
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    Thanks for all your help.

    The Mothercare ones you've shown are similar to the ones that I already have, I am quite interested in the magnetic ones - they seem an innovative solution - if more expensive...
    CarQuake / Ergo Digital
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