Safety is always the number one concern of parents, especially when kids are little. Baby proofing cabinets are one such precaution that happens early on and usually takes place just before the baby begins to crawl.
But with so many different options out there, how do you know which cabinet locks are the best ones to use? And are there other ways to keep cabinets safe besides using locks?
Luckily, there are many things you can do to keep the cabinets in your home safe and secure. Let’s discuss what your best options are so that when your little one is freely mobile, you can rest-assure they are in a safe environment.
Best Types of RTA Cabinet Locks
There are many reasons to keep cabinets locked from children, besides keeping them away from any dangerous objects the cabinet may hold.
Little fingers could get injured in the cabinet doors. Items may get broken or destroyed by curious little hands. Or imagine a bag of flour from the kitchen pantry being torn open and strewn around the room.
So, investing in good locks is the best way to prevent your little ones from getting into the cabinets altogether.
And when it comes to locks, there are three types that stand out from the crowd.
These locks are very easy to use and are great at keeping little ones out. And not only can they be used on cabinet doors, they’re able to keep drawers locked as well.
The hardware is installed on the inside of the cabinet or drawer. To open, you simply hold a magnetic key in front of it and pull open. Some can even be deactivated in case you need to get in and out of the door or drawer several times.
The only drawback is for renters who are not allowed to installed hardware to their cabinets, as this method uses screws and will leave holes in the cabinets.
This type of lock requires the cabinets have two side-by-side pull knobs. A looping cord then goes around the pull knobs, then it is pulled tight and locked by a single button. It’s so easy to use it can even be done one-handed.
It may be best to only to use these types of locks around younger children, as older ones may be able to figure out how they work on their own and be able to get into the cabinet by themselves.
This option is better for those who rent as this doesn’t require any hardware installation. Instead, they attach to the cabinets or drawers with an adhesive that can easily be removed when you no longer need them.
These locks consist of two anchor points joined together by a strap, which is what prevents the cabinet from being opened.
Just be careful when you choose which ones you buy. Check out reviews of others who have used them before you because you need to be sure you get a strong adhesive brand. Some may not stick very well, defeating the entire purpose of it.
Other Ways to Baby Proof Your RTA Cabinets
Cabinet locks don’t have to be the only way to keep your child safe. There are other things you can do to help prevent them from getting into things they’re not supposed to.
Move Dangerous Items to Higher Cabinets
When possible, it’s best to move all dangerous household items to a higher cabinet that is out of reach from children. Cabinet locks are not always foolproof, and sometimes you may forget to lock it back when you’re finished.
So, as a backup, it’s always a safe practice to keep as many harmful objects up high.
Or Move Dangerous Items to One Cabinet
Sometimes you just can’t move all harmful objects to higher cabinets. In cases like that, moving them all into one cabinet that is dedicated to harmful items, and keeping it securely locked, is your best bet.
The same goes for sharp objects, such as knives and can openers. Designating one drawer and keeping that locked is a good idea.
Don’t Let Your Child Watch You Unlock Your Cabinets
Children are observant and remember things better than you may think. If they are paying attention to how you get into locked cabinets, eventually they will get the hang of it themselves and learn how to unlock them on their own.
You can prevent this by blocking their view every time you go to unlock a cabinet. By either standing between them and the cabinet or keeping them far enough away to where they can’t see what you’re doing, you can prevent curious eyes from learning more than you want them to know.
Give Your Child One Cabinet That’s “Theirs”
You always want what you can’t have, and children feel the same way when they are instructed to leave something alone.
Simply take that temptation away by designating one cabinet as theirs. Fill that cabinet with items that are safe for them to play with and that they can’t tear up.
But of course, always keep an eye on your child when they are playing with items out of their cabinet. Which leads to the last tip…
Always Supervise Your Children
Parental supervision is always the best course of action in keeping children safe.
Just because the cabinets have locks on them doesn’t mean that accidents couldn’t happen. Children are curious and creative little things. It only takes a moment for a situation to turn badly.
Keeping your children to where you can see them is important no matter where you are.
Baby Proofing Cabinets Is an Important Way to Keep Your Child Safe
Cabinets will always be an “unknown world” to children. Their curious minds will draw them to investigate. But when baby proofing cabinets are done properly, you can have the peace of mind knowing that your little explorer will remain safe and sound.
Now that you have the new little one, are you ready to add some new cabinets to your home as well? Contact us today to find out how we can help!