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How do you baby-proof cabinets?

ok baby proofing time. What are some good suggestions for cabinet proofing ? We bought some of the latch ones that you install and they were crap and impossible to install! Has anyone tried the magnestic ones and what are your opinions of it?? Help us!

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kelsbecca619

Asked by kelsbecca619 at 9:59 PM on Nov. 8, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • never used the magnetic ones, but kind-of rigged up a half-assed plastic latch witha hair-tie thing. i just keep a eye on my baby, that's my best advice. Don't expect anything else to do the pasrenting for you. Also, i have one cabinet that I set up just for him, it's full of plastics and tuperware type stuff so since he knows its there he tends to go for it when we're in the kitchen. I also give him spatulas and measuring cups or anything he like to shake or bang around and is still safe :)
    Rockyschick

    Answer by Rockyschick at 10:15 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

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  • DH put the plastic latches on our cabinets & drawers that DD can reach. We still had/have problems with her getting them open sometimes. The ones she can open I emptied & let her play with. However we have gates up to keep her from the main kitchen area.
    asowbugangel

    Answer by asowbugangel at 11:49 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

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  • We have the latch things. DH installed the first couple, incorrectly, and then wondered why they didn't work, so I did it myself and they work. Did you guys follow the instructions? My second dd is 1 now, and so far, they have lasted through both kids, which would be over 3 years.
    We have one cabinet that has plastic stuff in it they can play with, so they are less attracted to the others.
    Other than that, and what the pp suggested, I would just take all the harmful stuff and put it where your baby can't reach.
    Sarahem

    Answer by Sarahem at 3:04 AM on Nov. 9, 2008

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  • for pantry door i used a bicycle u lock,and they cant get into it,as far as cabnets go i kept saying a very stern no,and then put them in time out,it took patience,calmness and alot of consisty,do put things breakable up high,chemicals in a lock and key cubboard.they will learn that its a no no.it took us 2weeks and worked for us
    cruizymum

    Answer by cruizymum at 4:23 AM on Nov. 9, 2008

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  • well thanks ladies! the way our house is set up annoys me.. i cant actually put up a gate to the kitchen which i would love to do and we had some leather cubes blocking off the kitchen too but now she can climb them! Sigh..but she does have her own cabinet, guess i will just have to move the chemicals! Thanks
    kelsbecca619

    Answer by kelsbecca619 at 10:21 AM on Nov. 9, 2008

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