electrical outlet covers

Sarah-Anne - posted on 04/11/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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my almost 13 month old can remove any outlet cover we use. she then thinks it's funny to try and "chew" on the outlet. she basically sticks her tongue in the outlet, then laughs if it shocks her. she also likes to take the covers she's removed and hide them. i usually find her stash a few days later. she's in a toddler bed now and every morning i go in her room she's taken out all the covers she can get at. aside from getting new switch plates that have no openings, does anyone have any other suggestions?

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Carolee - posted on 04/11/2010

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At Burlington Coat Factory, in the Baby Depot section, they have "swivel outlet covers" that work great! You remove the existing wallplate, and screw this one in. The outlet covers are actually a part of the wallplate and are spring operated. To use the plug, you have to insert the tip of the plug in the cover slots, turn plug clockwise until slots are straight up and down, then push the plug completely into the outlet! It's wonderful. To close the outlet, all you have to do is pull the plug and make sure the cover "springs" back into place.

Michelle - posted on 04/12/2010

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Ok don't know if this will help, but my one son is autistic, and he licks the T.V. for the little static feeling he gets. Maybe that would be safer then the outlet. I know its gross licking the T.V. but he likes the shocking sensation like your daughter.

Kristin - posted on 04/11/2010

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I had the same issue with my 14 month old. However, due to money issues I couldn't afford to purchase all new boxes for every outlet in the house. So I used duck tape! If I use the outlet I have to replace the duck tape and it's not very pretty but it does work.

Kate - posted on 04/11/2010

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They make outlet covers that are a box. You remove the existing plate and use the screw to attach a plate that comes with the box. Then you plug in what you need to. The box then fits over the plug and slides onto the plate you've screwed on. They can't remove the box. lt is very child proof and you can still use the outlet. They are sold in stores. l know ToysRUs has them.

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Sarah-Anne - posted on 04/13/2010

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she won't pull a cord that is plugged in out. she did it once to the light and freaked that it was dark. she only goes after the ones i put the plastic plug cover things into. now she just pulls them out and goes running with them to hide somewhere. at least she's stopped licking the actual outlet. she can pop both covers out in about 3-5 secs now.

i put the strip of duct tape over the plastic plug in covers just to see what she'd do.

Stefania - posted on 04/12/2010

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she can even get at the plug that you have to push the plug in in order to get it out? if not try those, i have a hard time getting them out. lol!

Delia - posted on 04/12/2010

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BabiesR Us sale outlet covers that are rounded (like a bubble) and they're diffcult to remove. I would try getting those, they are farily inexpensive and get alot.

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Also they have soild covers you can buy at the hard wear store (home depot). They look just like the outlet covers but have no outlet inputs, and are sized perfectly. You would just unscrew and remove the outlet cover and replace it with the solid cover. Simple!

If that doesn't work, you may need to get an electrician to unwire the outlets you know for sure you never use. The process is fairly easy and they can get about 10 or more done in an hour.

Shelley - posted on 04/12/2010

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I have a few full covers that replace the covers you normally have on they are really awsome. Sounds like you are having quite the time with her.

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Please don't take this the wrong way, but none of them are completely kid proof, they are just meant to slow them down so you have time to get them away from the outlet before something bad happens. Given 10 minutes to pick at them, any child could probably get into any of those covers, but you should be able to spot her playing with the outlet and redirect her within 10 minutes.
That said, I don't know how safe duct tape is on an electrical outlet--glue is very flammable, so if it should spark, you could have a fire. I would buy the covers, they are not expensive, but If you are going to go with tape, use electrical tape which has special glue that will resist spreading fire.

Sarah-Anne - posted on 04/12/2010

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tried duct tape. she took it as a challenge. after picking at it for almost ten minutes, she was able to peel the whole strip off. she them went to the other outlets i did this too and had the tape off within 30-45 seconds. i may need to just spend the money and get the swivel covers from burlington. we need to get her a fancy dress for a couple weddings anyway.

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We used these for the outlets we only used occasionally:
http://www.amazon.com/Standard-Outlet-Co...
And something like these for the outlets we kept things plugged into all the time;ours had a cord shortener thing:
http://www.amazon.com/Safety-1st-48301-A...

Jake never got them off, but he was really never that interested either, so I don't know how well they would work for your daughter. I don't like those little round ones that you just stick into the outlet like a plug. They look really easy to get out and then they could be a choking hazard.

Sherre - posted on 04/11/2010

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I would say if you can't get to toys'r'us, maybe you can get cardboard and tape it to the outlet? Don't know if it's completely safe but it's a suggestion.

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