When you have a baby, you realize just how much of a death trap your house is. Those cute cabinets and hutches seemed like a great idea when you were designing and furnishing your home, but now they look different now that you’ve got a fragile baby. Now you see a lot of sharp corners and cabinets full of dangerous objects that a curious toddling child would want to rifle through. Luckily, you don’t have to redesign your home to babyproof. You can buy a few handy helpers that’ll make your home much safer, and keep your tiny tot out of your china cabinet and silverware drawer.
We found the best cabinet locks for child safety. There are different styles to choose from. You don’t have to use the traditional-looking latch if it doesn’t suit your home decor or style of cabinets. You can either have the locks visible to your child or guests or have them hidden away inside the cabinets. You could also use safety locks with latches or magnets.
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Some of the latches have multiple purposes. They don’t just lock cabinets. They can keep that fridge door closed when your toddler goes through an opening-and-slamming phase that also happens to cause your dairy to go bad.
But most importantly, these cabinet locks ensure your child doesn’t get into anything dangerous and potentially harm themselves. The locks are designed so that only adult hands will figure out how to open them and will help give you peace of mind as a parent.
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1. Munchkin Xtraguard Dual Action Multi-Use Latches
The Munchkin latches provide a double layer of security that your curious little one is unlikely to penetrate. In order to release these flexible latches, you’ll have to press both buttons on the latch at once, which is luckily a skill your child doesn’t have yet. The flexible strap allows you to latch around corners, keeping your kids out of cabinets and hutches. You can also use the Munchkin latches, which stick to surfaces with adhesive, for appliances (like fridges), drawers, the toilet and essentially anything that opens.
2. Vmaisi Baby Proofing Magnetic Cabinet Locks
If you don’t want your baby proofing as visible throughout the home, your best option is the Vmaisi magnetic locks. You install these locks inside the cabinet, which have adhesive backing. The locks will work on any non-metal surface, like cabinets and drawers. This set comes with 12 locks and one key, which is magnetic and will unlock every lock that you’ve installed. And don’t worry, if you lose the key, you can unlock your cabinets with a strong magnet.
3. Adoric Sliding Cabinet Locks
If you don’t want to use adhesive either outside or inside of your cabinets, this product from Adoric locks your cabinets and double-door refrigerators together. No little hands will be able to pry these cabinet doors open. Four reusable locks are included in this set. This U-shaped latch adjusts to different handles and is easy to install. To open these locks, you just need to squeeze both buttons at the same time. That’s easy for you, but very difficult for your kids to accomplish.