My 17 month old keeps turning on our old stove.

Kristy - posted on 11/20/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My husband and I are very fortunate to live where we do. We are renting our home from a very good friend and aren't paying a whole lot for it. The down side is that the kitchen is on the small side and has a build in old electric oven/stove. This stove has the buttons for the burners on the very front, just at my 17 month old daughters level. I have managed to keep her away from it for months now, just after she turned 1 she fell against the front of the closed turned on oven and burnt her hand pretty badly. So she has had some fear of it. Lately she has been playing with the buttons again. Today I didn't catch her doing it and she melted the bottom out of a very nice tupperware bowl. Later on she again turned it on but I caught her. I have spanked her bottom, spanked her hand, yelled, discussed etc every time she touches the buttons. I hate doing those things, but have to do something. I haven't found any guards to put on the buttons. I really need some ideas to keep her from playing with them. We have also considered gating off the kitchen but the doorway is very very wide. Replacing the oven/stove would be extremely expensive. Please help!

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Miranda - posted on 12/06/2010

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put a baby gate up either around it or up where ever it's located so she can't go in that room. it may make her mad that she cant go in there but it will help her from not getting burnt.

WENDY - posted on 12/01/2010

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move something big and heavy in front of it when your not using it ,and or, buy her own little plastic kitchen put it on other side of kitchen. when she gets close to your stove tell her that's mom's, pick her up put her in front of her kitchen and let her know it's hers. We got my 17 mo old a play kitchen set at a Garage Sale she loves it.

Tiffany - posted on 11/27/2010

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I googled stove guard and there are a lot to choose from. Doesn't cover the buttons but this way she can't touch the burners. Hope this helps!!

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