How do you baby-proof knives?

Especially ones that like to climb and get into things. Do they have locked boxes for kitchen knives at all? or ideas? My cupboards do not lock, I have baby proofing on the cupboards already.

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:14 AM on Dec. 21, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I have this knife box from when i was a chef... It has a lock on it... u can buy them at bed bath an beyond
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:19 AM on Dec. 21, 2008

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  • My knives are on top of the fridge.
    TiccledBlue

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 5:45 AM on Dec. 21, 2008

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  • Mine are just on the counter. My kids have always had the rule that they are not allowed in the kitchen, period, unless I specifically say so. They are both boys, and tend to push and shove each other, and with the potentially hot stove, oven, dishes, knives, etc., I just feel the entire kitchen is too dangerous for them to be in. They have never even tried to get my knives, b/c I've always made clear to them that knives can cut them, the stove can burn them, etc. But, see, I'm also one of those klutzy people that tends to burn myself or cut myself, so I also have the example to go "Look, see what happens when you go in the kitchen?" and then they don't want to. lol
    tropicalmama

    Answer by tropicalmama at 10:07 AM on Dec. 21, 2008

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  • Mine are on the counter. I taught my kids not to touch them.
    cedailey

    Answer by cedailey at 11:28 AM on Dec. 21, 2008

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  • put them in a spot where when you need them you can get them.
    Alarice

    Answer by Alarice at 11:38 AM on Dec. 21, 2008

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  • I have worked with families where I have told the parents they need to put away the knives in a location where the child cannot get to them. Period. I have had parents who piss and moan about this and whine that a child should be more respectful and LEARN not to get into things. True to a point. But as a parent are you going to wait around until they learn and hope something doesn't happen? Not very good parenting. So...I'm assuming you only use knives when cooking. That is the only time you will need to get them out for the most part. Just like the medicine lock box be creative and think (oh sorry for the pun) outside of the box. If it were my home I have my kitchen next to my garage. In my garage I have a Craftsman tool box that is giant I can lock. I personally would keep mine there. Or I would get some sort of pad lock or combo lock for my cabinet if possible.
    frogdawg

    Answer by frogdawg at 11:56 AM on Dec. 21, 2008

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  • It sounds like you may need some help not only baby proofing - but proofing against a curious smart kid. So this is what I would do. I would hire a sitter or have a family member or friend take my son for the entire day. I would have some good smart friends come over and room by room proof it for my child. I would have everyone go over each and every room with a fine tooth comb, make suggestions, and then spend the day with them making it curious kid proof. If your son is over the top and to the point where you are truly worried he will get hurt or killed - then perhaps a little professional help. Nothing huge. Just a few sessions with a play therapist who can help you and your child with safety issues. It is not a reflection on poor parenting - it says you are a SMART and proactive parent.
    frogdawg

    Answer by frogdawg at 12:01 PM on Dec. 21, 2008

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  • cont...Oh, and as far as the moms who smartly say - I taught my kids not to touch them, perhaps they don't understand that not all children are the same and some are truly more curious and more into things than others. It isn't a matter of poor parenting. Some children do require more creative parenting because they are gifted and more spirited. They are, in fact, just more of a challenge. So I'm glad for those parents who have children who don't really have this creative spirited side - it certainly is safer, but some of us are parenting children who are future explorers and world thinkers.
    frogdawg

    Answer by frogdawg at 12:05 PM on Dec. 21, 2008

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  • frogdawg, I'm a little offended by the tone of your last statements. My children happen to be very creative, spirited, and have huge dreams for what they want to do, including being scientists and astronauts. Just because they learned and understood to stay away from knives and other dangerous things doesn't mean that they are any less of any of that than any other child. It's a matter of learning differently. I'm sure you didn't mean your statements to sound that way, but they came across as very demeaning and insulting, in my opinion.
    tropicalmama

    Answer by tropicalmama at 2:15 PM on Dec. 21, 2008

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  • I kept my all knives and forks too which are pointy and scissors, also, and poisons in different rooms and closets on most top shelves according to degree of harm. My husband and kids as each got older just had to adjust to safety continuing for the younger crew. My mother refused absolutely refused to remove poisons from under her sinks and in her garage. She told me no friend of hers who was a grandmother ever e v e r moved their items for any grandchild. I told her she could not babysit my kids in her house as long as it was like that. We compromised by her coming at that time more often to my house.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:12 PM on Dec. 21, 2008

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