A Denver Family's Adventure Through The Ups And Downs of Life

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


With Sam starting to rock (and on his way to crawling any day now), Brian and I need to start doing some serious childproofing.

Things we already have completed for childproofing
Smoke detectors
Carbon monoxide detectors
Spout cover
Set our hot water heater to 120° Fahrenheit or lower
Cover electrical outlets upstairs

Some of the things that we will need to start purchasing
CPR and First Aid Training (we should have gotten it when I was pregnant, but we definitely need to do it now)
Cover electrical outlets downstairs
Latches on lower drawers
Angle braces or anchors to secure furniture to a wall
More baby gates
Pad corners
Wrap blind cords
Cover power strips
Plastic cover for DVD & VCR
Move plants
Lock fireplace
Lock closets, linen closet and pantry
Non-skid stickers for bathtub
Put up shelves in garage to get things off of the floor
Window well covers for backyard
Cover bookshelves so that Sam's can't rip up books
Take glass tables downstairs
Cover banisters with netting or Plexiglas (too wide apart)
Gate off computer desk area

Undetermined about what to do with the following items
Fireplace - pad, gate off???
Floor lamps

From what I have researched (Good Housekeeping, etc.), here are some of the products that are the best on the market.
Tot Lok/Safety 1st Magnetic Cabinet Locks ($17.98 for four). Run a magnetic key over the surface of the cabinet to unlock it. These locks can be "turned off" for busy times.
Safety 1st Cabinet and Drawer Latches model 116 ($1.99 for four). Plastic latch prevents kids from opening drawers. Parents press a tab to open, and when the drawer is closed the device re-latches automatically.
Gerber Safety Toilet Lid Lock ($4.29). It's easy to install -- the device sticks onto the top of the toilet seat -- and you just swing a lever to open it. Lid automatically locks again when you shut it.
Evenflo Home Decor Swing Gate ($99). You have to be handy to install this heavy-duty wooden gate, but it's worth the effort: It locks automatically each time you close it.
KidCo Safeway Gate model G20 ($59.99). A tough, wall-mounted gate, made of coated steel. Downside: It needs to be re-latched after you walk through.

There are also quite a few other child proofing items that will need to be done, but they won't have to be completed until Sam starts walking.
Move knife block
Refrigerator lock
Stove lock
Dishwasher lock
and probably about 1,000 other things that I can't think of right now.

If you have any other product suggestions or giveaways where I can win the items instead of paying for them, I'm all ears.

1 comment:

  1. My fireplace is completely covered by my sofa. We don't really use it here, and covering it gave me an extra wall basically. It might not work for all fireplaces, but mine happened to be small and didn't stick out or anything.

    As for child locks, IKEA has the best fridge/cabinet locks. They run about $5 for two, but it's totally worth it. They are easy to install and super easy to use!


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