What should I do if my toddler has learned to get past the baby-proofing?

Any great tips once they've learned to open doors, get past barriers, and begin climbing up everything? Thanks!!


Asked by babyjakesmama at 11:50 AM on Nov. 10, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • We are approaching that point as well, and I think you just have to increase supervision for awhile and teach them how to do all these new things safely.

    Answer by BlueFrogMama at 11:51 AM on Nov. 10, 2008

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  • I LOVE that phase.( just kidding) The best thing you can do is put everything you think is dangerous as high as you can out of reach, always try to be one step ahead. Re-direct, teach the word "No" and most important "Hot" with plugs and outlets and take all buttons off stove..um...and try to relax, if it isn't dangerous and it is just a mess, don't freak, get out the camera, you'll want to laugh about it later. Before I had kids of my own, my friend came to work and told me while laughing that her 2 year old got into the instant potatoes while she had left the room for a few seconds and poured them all over the carpet, and she was fortunate that she caught her before she made it back with water. I never understood why she laughed, until I had my own kids. :)


    Answer by Izzyscrazymom at 12:15 PM on Nov. 10, 2008

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  • ! I purchased a baby jail. It worked for a bit, but he figured out how to get out. I padded my fireplace with the gym type rubber .Asher likes to try to take the puzzle apart. I also cushioned the tile landing at the bottom of the stairs with it. I have baby gates at the bottom and top of the stairs and at the kitchen. The bathroom doors stay shut and he hasn't been able to open them yet! I will be getting some toilet locks asap. We have built in cabinets and drawers everywhere in my house. I keep them all empty. Things are stored up in the top cabinets only. He likes to climb into the drawers and cabinets to play. I think close supervision and doing all you can to make sure everything is safe for him is all you can do. My son is a monkey and he is seriously wrestling a pillow on the ground as I write this! LMAO!!!!

    Answer by thethrashersmom at 12:15 PM on Nov. 10, 2008

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  • I always made sure that my children had two cupboards of things that they could play with (pans in one and plastic bowls in the other) and one drawer of plastic cookie cutters, etc. They would, from time to time, get in to the other drawers and then I would tell them, "No". Any other drawers, I used put wooden spoons through the handles and wrap a rubber band around them. Baby could pull them open just enough to see inside but not touch anything. Have fun.

    Answer by dustbunny at 2:27 PM on Nov. 10, 2008

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  • They now have covers for doors that are child proof. They really work well. When I had my little ones I swore by them. Just child proof everything. Now the fun begins! Good luck!

    Answer by bettycrocker11 at 3:43 PM on Nov. 10, 2008

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  • ahhh, you grasshopper, have reached the point where you just begin teaching him not to climb, open doors without asking, and etc... obviously hide the dangerous stuff better than you have, med's scissors are often forgotten and cutting blocks, but establish a time out spot and begin conditioning behaviors, may the will power of bf skinner be with you! watch him better and know everyone begins with correcting them ALOT... if he is smart enough to out-think the baby proofing, he is smart enough to learn to be safe.... good luck ....


    Answer by AmaliaD at 6:33 PM on Nov. 10, 2008

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  • ahh, yeah, mine has figured out that since she can't open the door (to outside) with the doorknob baby proof thing, that she will simply disassemble it. Which she did last week, brought me the pieces, and went back to the kitchen to open the door. That thing was hard for my roomate to open, but Alex, she just took it apart. I'm going to superglue the pieces together.

    Cabinet and drawer locks, she could open all those after just a few weeks so I agree with everyone who says increase supervision, if your cabinets have handles they make different types of baby proofers that are harder to open, connects the handles together.... I've also started using Mr. Yuck stickers and teaching her about that. Oh yeah, she figured out to pull out the plugs for the electrical outlets too so I keep replacing them, and keep all plugs pulled up high or put away to remove the temptation.

    Answer by MRiverson at 7:10 PM on Nov. 10, 2008

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  • Ha ha, been there done that.....but seriously we used the hook and eye type things that have a spring lock on them for our doors and cupboards....the baby proof ones my little ones just disassembled....but then the door ones were put up high so they couldn't reach them and that worked for the bathroom, bedroom and I put a door on the kitchen....that just left the dining room and living room and I stripped the rooms of breakables....I also used duck tape over the outlets....I unscrewed the covers, put in the little cover things and then put the tape over them and around the back, then I screwed the cover back on....the couldn't get to the safety covers that way......but neither could I....lol....just remember that this is just temporary and take pictures when they out fox you to show them when they grow up....still laughing....and now they are teenagers....yikes!

    Answer by malam at 9:14 PM on Nov. 10, 2008

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  • The best thing to do is punish them when they act out or do somehting they shouldnt. put them in the corner and if they continue doing it add time to their punishment. it has worked for my kids. i dont think taking that stuff and hiding it til they are older works. u are caterating to them to much and then your house looks unput together and now how you want it. they need to learn what is acceptable and what isnt. we have an entertainment center that has sliding doors and my kids use to play with the doors all the time and try and get inside we have used time out and in the corner over and over and over again until were sick of it and now they dont even touch the thing. once you have said no and they get a negative response over and over they will learn but you have to be consistant and stern... dont give in just cuz you are sick of saying no trust me you will get to that point and good luck.

    Answer by MomGoneCrazyX2 at 1:07 PM on Nov. 13, 2008

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  • LOL.. this just brought back some great memories! When my son was a toddler (he's 17 now) he would take his toys, my makeup, really whatever he could find and wave bye bye to it as he flushed it down the toilet. My poor father was at my house a few times a week to unclog the toilet. I bought a toilet lock and the day my dad installed it I was "doing the pee pee dance" freaking out, trying to figure out how to lift the lid when my 2 year old comes over and says, "like this" as he shows me how to lift the lid! LMAO! He was such a handful!

    Answer by FeelinYummy at 6:37 AM on Jul. 20, 2010

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