Should he be able to do this? Or should I just prepare for more gray hair?!

Allison - posted on 01/08/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone - new to the group here! I have a 15 month old son who figured out how to undo all of the Safety 1st child locks on my kitchen cabinets this week - is this normal? Am I gonna have to use padlocks?! LOL Would love some advice on brands that work.... thanks!

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Lindsay - posted on 01/17/2010

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There is a different style of lock also made by safety 1st but they require the magnet key (comes in the pack of locks) to open, they screw in one piece on the door or drawer and another to the frame. I keep the magnet up on the fridge where it can't be reached!

Sam - posted on 01/17/2010

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prepare 4 grey hair lol my sons learnt how 2 open all my stair gates n everythin so ive got 2 go round n buy everythin new n hope he doesnt learn how 2 do it agen lol

Mary - posted on 01/15/2010

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I had the same problem with my son too. I agree with Jenna the clip locks do slow them down a bit. Just when you unhook them make sure he can't see what you are doing. remember with these little guys monkey see monkey do.
hey on a funny note to things like this has anyone lese seen the wood puzzle board at toys r us that is all made of locks? It has a window lock, slide lock, hook lock and chain lock on it to name some of them. My first thought was what would they be thinking why would you want your child to learn how to work the locks you are using to keep them safe....lol

Jenna - posted on 01/13/2010

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You've got a smart kid! Prepare for lots of tuition for college, 'cause he'll probably end up going to MIT or something! :) On a more serious note.. Which Safety 1st locks do you have? Caitie got pretty crafty with the first locks we tried - she got them open in less than 30 seconds - but we found some claw-type ones (I dunno, they kinda look like lobster claws! haha) with triggers that she hasn't been able to figure out yet, and it's been months now! http://www.safety1st.com/usa/eng/Product...

Christy - posted on 01/13/2010

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Lol. Good luck with that. My duaghter, as soon as she learned to walk( at 9 1/2 months) became a little dare devil... nothing scared her. She could climb to the very top of the play scapes by the time she was 12 months with no fear. My son who is 16 months, does not have as much of the dare devil in him (thank God), but I have noticed he is a little more clever than his sister was at this age. Every child is different, you get have to adjust your thinking to your childs capabilities. My best advice: by the baby gates that they can't climb and completely block off your kitchen.

Donna - posted on 01/13/2010

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My little girl figured out 2 different type of locks...I was sick of wasting money & to be honest, my baby isn't allowed in the kitched when I'm not in there & when she is I tell her not to touch & she doesn't... How will a kid ever learn whats right & wrong, what they can & can't touch touch if you just lock everything? We have a baby gate so she can't get in whenever she wants...so why do we need locks?

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We ended up getting these hook and eye type locks that look like they are spring loaded. I tired to find a picture of them, but can't. I can tell you we got them from the hardware store.

Our son also managed this feat too as did the two and a half year old I look after for child care.
Worst case move everything not child safe into higher cupboards. I ended up rearranging one section of cupboards because we couldn't attach locks to the cupboards without damaging the doors (we rent so that would have been bad).

Jodie - posted on 01/12/2010

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haha im happy to know that my crazy kid isnt the only one figuring out how to get into the child safty crap the only one he hasnt figured out is the door nob covers i just dont think his hands are big enough lol most of this crap they have now days keep adults out but cant keep kids out n the ones that go on the inside of the cupbards are a waste of money cus they eventually wear down n break off neway not to mention they ruin the wtuff cus ya gotta use screws n stuff its a loose loose situation gates are really the only thing that keep kids where they should be lol

Laura - posted on 01/12/2010

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No locks in this house... they are horrid to look at, and the inside ones are so daned expensive.... Just put a child gate on the kitchen door....he hates it but it works....

Amanda - posted on 01/12/2010

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They are bound to find a way through sooner than later. ha ha! I tossed all the cabinet locks with my daughter, and went to old school elastic bands around the knobs. However, in our new house, we have handles, and now I just have to be on top of my son to keep him out of the cabinets. (Which isn't easy, as I still have issues keeping my daughter out of them too, and she's 4! lol!)

Chelskii - posted on 01/12/2010

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ha.. my little lad opens all doors cupboards draws, and slams them all shut again time after time.. its annoying lol.. he also gets pans out the cupboard and bangs them together... hes 15months old.. pain in the bum.. i put him on the sofa and say mummy will be back in 5seconds.. i walk out the room and hes behind me.. climbs off the sofa n follows me hes a bugger.. its just there way of exploring i think.. same as when i have my tumble dryer on.. he likes to go in and open the door on it to check the washing .. he loves turning my washing machine on too.. x

Wendy - posted on 01/08/2010

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sounds to me like a typical boy! Hope mine doesn't figure it out anytime soon!

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Haha too funny!! We have the cabinet locks that are on the inside of the doors, the ones that screw into the wood. We haven't had a problem with them :)

Bailey - posted on 01/08/2010

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Yeah my son knows how to do them all almost. I've rotated out all but this last set he has yet to figure out.

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