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how do you childproof a bookcase??

My 15 months old is a climber and don't know what to do whith the bookcase

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sami7jami8

Asked by sami7jami8 at 1:44 AM on Nov. 10, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • u can nail a latch, like a hook, to the back of the bookcase and latch it to the wall. do it at the top of the book case in the back so if it falls forward it willonly fall as far away as the latch is long.
    DomoniqueWS

    Answer by DomoniqueWS at 1:48 AM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • nail/screw it to the wall or get a L shaped bracket and hook it on that way my sons dresser came with some but it was apart of a nursery set
    monroemommyof2

    Answer by monroemommyof2 at 1:51 AM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • Home Depot sells L shaped brackets that you can use to attach the bookshelf to the wall. If you are talking about the books, or climbing, we ended up putting a piece of plywood in front of ours. :(
    SusieD250

    Answer by SusieD250 at 2:32 AM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • if you mean the actual shelves and books, (b/c everyones already mentioned latching it to the wall) you could cut a piece of plexi-glass to make a door. just put hinges on one side and magnets on the other. but that way you can still see the books and he can't get to them.
    jessil83

    Answer by jessil83 at 3:17 AM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • Since you mention he's a climber, I'm assuming like the other moms that th eproblem is making sure he can't tip it over. There are safety devices sold specificially for this purpose. You can get them either at baby stores or at Home Depot (or equivalent). The other suggestions are based on the same general idea.
    momofryan07

    Answer by momofryan07 at 9:25 AM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • I actually tried the plexi glass thing and the only problem is that it is thin so when he hits it with a toy, or pulls on the side of it, it bends and then he can get ahold of it and pull it down :(
    Andilee86

    Answer by Andilee86 at 9:33 AM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • get a bookshelf strap to secure it to the wall.

    remove a portion of the shelves so he can't reach them to climb.
    hypermamaz

    Answer by hypermamaz at 9:49 AM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • Mount it to the wall (most come with the brackets these days) that will prevent it from tipping over onto him. Move all heavier books/items to the lower shelf so that if he pulls them down, they won't hit his head. Be consistant and vigilant with redirecting him from it.
    01.Amey.07

    Answer by 01.Amey.07 at 11:33 AM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • youtube it. There are tons of videos. There are Brackets at Lowes, Walmart etc for that very same thing. Please do it soon. I was watching a video the other day and a little 2 year old boy was killed from a bookshelf in his room. His partents and now activist for Child proofing, but it really scared me.
    TiffBryan

    Answer by TiffBryan at 12:36 AM on Dec. 5, 2009

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