Does anyone have any tips on how to keep a toddler out of the refrigerator?

Roseann - posted on 04/13/2010 ( 44 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any tips on how to keep a toddler out of the refrigerator? We have been through 3 childproof locks, none of them are working, she knows how to use them. I feed her nonstop so I don't know what her fascination with the refrigerator is, but I have to find away to keep her out she leaves the door open and breaks the eggs and well that's just the start of it, I will take any tips please.

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Sylvia - posted on 06/01/2013

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I have 7 children and a grandson. Been here before. Eventually every baby lock is figured out. Kids aren't stupid they have great problem solving skills whether we like it or not. Baby gates, well, I've had to stack 3 on top of each other for one child who was an amazing climber. I had a country style kitchen so my husband built a gate that looked like an outhouse door and this was the baby gate. No more frig problem. Today with a large ranch house the opening to the kitchen is way too wide for any sort of gate. Baby locks, ha ha, he laughs at them, or at least removes them and brings them to me, "Here Oma". Okay, so here comes the horrible parent in me, I've done this twice now...my grandson is afraid of a halloween mask. It sits on a two liter bottle of soda in the frig. He opened the frig and saw it and took off running. He came back, cracked the door open, shut it and changed his mind about going in there. Horrible? At least I don't have to worry about him climbing inside and shutting the door behind him. We don't scare him with it so there aren't any nightmares or anything. He just stays out of the frig. My youngest daughter was afraid of a fake squeeky frog. I'd sit it on the floor before the kitchen entrance and she would look at it and change her mind and off she went. Say I'm horrible, I think everyone has used a "boogyman" tactic at some point, If its not traumatic then better than some kitchen injury I say.

Angie - posted on 11/15/2012

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my child has figured out every single fridge lock that exists. The only way I can keep her out is a crank strap that they use to hold cars on a trailer. Its gotten that bad...lol She has not figured that out YET!!!

Georgia - posted on 08/31/2013

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I'm having the exact same problem with my 2 older kids. It doesn't matter how often i feed them, or if I'm in the same room or not, the are CONSTANTLY in the fridge. they will get out the milk and leave it on the floor, my son drinks my coffee creamer, and my daughter will smoosh anything she can get her fingers into

Karen - posted on 06/11/2013

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Duck tape! Don't laugh until you try it. I went through several baby locks that were $5-15 each. I gave up and put a strip of duck tape to hold the door shut, high out of the child's reach. As the tape is opened and closed a few times a day, I'd replace it often so it always stuck. But only I could reach it, not the kid. A 3 year old is smart, but not so smart they can get away without discipline. When my son decided to use a chair to reach the tape, he got time out. If he went in the fridge while I was in the fridge he got time out. Kids need discipline to learn the boundaries. Some kids are just going in there to push your buttons.

Sylvia - posted on 06/01/2013

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For the gal with the child opening and closing the closet door: If you don't mind the closet door being opened, I would throw a towel over the top of the door. He can open it, but it wont shut. No fingers pinched either. I removed the door on closets for a couple of my kids and hung a curtain instead. Or use a flip lock high up on the door.

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Rosie - posted on 02/25/2014

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My kids are tall and smart and autistic, 2 boys. They can get to the highest shelf of my pantry and the top of the fridge, we have tried everything, goah I wish I coupd just find a pad lock for the fridge.

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for my daughter we put an lock on her closet high up its a eye screw and the hook. it worked till her friend told her to use a foot stool to get to it but she cant lift the stool on her own. I kinda like the mask idea. im up for anything that will work. my daughter only goes for food she likes when she is hungry

Jenny - posted on 09/02/2013

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maybe show her the good things like have her help u get things for u or i use to and still do have a shelf just for the kids u know cold snacks drink cups ect tell her this is ur shelf the rest is mommys if she touches ur shelf she gets in trouble time out ect

Sue - posted on 09/01/2013

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Please discuss this issue with her doctor if she is constantly eating when she goes into fridge. There is a medical condition which causes children to continuously eat and break into locks on cupboards, drawers, and fridge. Maybe it is behavioral, but I would also attempt to rule out a physical issue before possibly punishing for something she can't control. In all my years of teaching spec. Ed kids, I have only seen this condition once, so its pretty rare, but worth ruling it out. Good luck, and btw....great idea about mask when its purely behavioral. Lol

Karen - posted on 06/11/2013

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For the mom with the closet door problem, put a big fluffy towel to hang over the top of the closet door. The door won't close then or make a fun noise. The child may be enjoying the noise. Fix the door so the noise is no longer available and he will get bored of it.

Karen - posted on 06/11/2013

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Hardware stores sell padlocks that have a long loop that can fit on the door handles of some side by side fridges. A padlock with a key is worth a try, leave the key on a big key fob on top of the fridge so you can get in. Also, you can get a bicycle lock that you can size to fit the door handles and add your own lock.

Starr - posted on 11/15/2012

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I have found myself having to tie the door shut. I just use a plain old hand towel and tie it at the top of the handles where she cannot reach it.

Tommyped - posted on 07/30/2012

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im having the same ol problem, will it work if I put all of his munching snacks on his reach?

Jennifer - posted on 07/27/2012

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hi in my son room when we put him in room to take a nap. He keeps opening and shut his closet door and it getting annoying to our naibor please help

Amanda - posted on 10/01/2011

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My son loves anything mechanical...including doors...the best thing that I have found is to allow him to do the things he can...for example let him get his juice cup out by himself...he also loves breaking eggs...so when we have eggs i let him help me crack them...i had to work with him so that he would know he's only allowed to do it when i help him...i also will regularly ask him to get things out of the fridge for me...he doesn't talk much, but he understands quite a bit. Another thing I have found is that allowing him to play with the other doors in our house...for instance, the door between our kitchen and dining room...keeps him out of the cupboards and fridge...the luster wears off if he's allowed to do something...if he gets into a cupboard i just tell him no, thats mommys door you need to play with your door and point him in the right direction...the first day he did it every time i turned around, but he eventually settled down and now he only does it if hes hungry or wants attention.

Gemma - posted on 04/20/2010

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Just be strict and tell her "no". I had the same problem with my little boy and I lost a lot of glass jars, but I found that repeatedly telling him "no" and not smiling or using baby talk eventually got the message across. At first he smiled and kept trying to do it but I just firmly would keep him away and tell him "no". When he realised it wasn't a game and I was actually telling him off, his bottom lip would quiver and there'd be tears, but then he understood that it wasn't a game. Now he never opens the fridge. I had the same problem with him turning the TV on and off when we were watching it, or climbing on the desk and playing with the computer. It takes a lot of patience and several attempts, but once they know something is off bounds and you're serious about it, children are happy to live with those boundaries. Good Luck!

Charmaine - posted on 04/19/2010

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I know exactly how you feel. We have our fridge out in our garage right now, and thankfully he doesn't get in there very often. He loves to take the eggs out and break them on the floor... He does it every time that he is able to.

Courtney - posted on 04/19/2010

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My daughter started doing that and I couldn't keep her out for the life of me! So, I just started letting her help me get her drinks, food, putting groceries away,ect. That way, she knew when she could do it and when she couldn't. I will have her get me something out of the fridge and she feels important. She will bring it to me and say, "Mommy, Im your super helper!." That has been the only thing that has worked for her. So, if he/she knows when she can do it, she will feel like she is helping you and priase her for that instead of her getting in trouble. Just a thought :) Good luck!

Kim - posted on 04/18/2010

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I know that it sounds mean but for safty purpose we had to put a pad lock on ours because my son 3 would do the same thing and one day his sister4 was trying to get him to climb in and was going to close him up in there she thought it was funny.

Bri - posted on 04/18/2010

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are there particular times of day that your child is getting into the fridge? does she do it even when you're in the kitchen with her or is she doing it if your not paying attention? i.e. is she bored because you're watching tv/on computer/doing something else...

does she have other cabinets and "hiding places" to play in- we rearranged our kitchen and left several cabinets without locks, put our reuseable grocery bags and random plastic containers in them and just let her play in them. Really took the fascination of the other cabinets away.

Consistency and reinforcement can be the biggest "fixes"- if you are there EVERY time she gets in the fridge and she gets a "NO touch eggs" "now close the door" IMMEDIATELY and EVERY time she does it, you're likely to see a huge improvement. It may take a week but she'll soon decide it's not so fun and move onto other things.

ALICIA - posted on 04/18/2010

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i have the same problem with my 2 kids they won't stop oepneing the refrigerator i am always yelling at them to stay out n don't open it again so when i look away they be in there all the time

Keri - posted on 04/18/2010

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From my experience it was either they want to play or they just can't communicate what it is exactly they want. I know pushing my 3yo. to use his words & NOT letting him just think he can go in the fridge on his own has helped, but it was a HUGE hurdle. We are still working on this but it is definitely helping him use his words more, he was a really late talker.

Karla - posted on 04/17/2010

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Lol, my 2 year old went through the same phase...we also tried the locks. We are lucky as our fridge has an alarm to tell us when the door has been left open. Anyway, all I can say, is that it only lasted a few months. I would also wake up in the morning to find her eating frozen potato gems and party pies..... just keep telling her no, and hope she grows out of it like ours did :)

Carol - posted on 04/17/2010

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They mostly go in there to play with the light, then they have other things to touch,

Well is there something your child is scared of, like a toy spider, it sounds mean but hey at lease your eggs will be alright. show your toddler and say yucky show he or she couple of times close the fridge and you both walk away. When your toddler tries again say yucky again and just try it who knows.

Meghan - posted on 04/17/2010

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go old school, you can tie a rope around the handles if it's a side-by-side fridge, or a bungee cord, something that's not a "typical" child proof lock you'd get at a store. if it's a side-by-side you can also just get the child locks that are for the cabinet doors(goes around the nobs on two cabinets to hold them both closed, and just put it up high enough that she can't reach. If it's not a side-by-side, you can attach a latch type lock to the door and body of the fridge, and just lock it with a lock or some other device that won't allow for movement; similar to dog proofing a gate...hope this helps some people. If you need further verification, email me on here and I'd be happy to explain these further. Thanks :)

Lyndsay - posted on 04/16/2010

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I have two entrances to my kitchen and when my son is being particularly unruly I put baby gates up at each of them. He can knock them down, of course, if he REALLY wants in, but it provides another obstacle for him and if I'm in another room for something I will be alerted by the giant crash.. lol

Alena - posted on 04/16/2010

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your lil guy is going to end up like mine than everything child proff worked for a while now he 3 and likes to take things apart...

Taryn - posted on 04/16/2010

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we tried nearly every lock available, we ended up having to supaglue a lock on to it that hes not strong enough to open, one of those press clip things. works so far xx

Alena - posted on 04/16/2010

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put the childproff high so she wont reach it and a baby gate to the kitchen i had the same problem with my son...

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Which locks have you tried?
The one we use is made by Safety First. It requires some major muscle (basically breaking the door) to just pull it apart and to actually release it is a dexterity twist of pinching and pushing and pulling all at once.

Good luck!

Tara - posted on 04/15/2010

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My kids were the same way at that age. It was horrible, finally we had to put up baby gates, but they learn pretty quick that they can get those down, or climb over them. I had to finally put the eggs on the top shelf behind the milk, or anything heavy. Locks can be a god send, they do carry different types, so if she has fiqured out that kind, try looking for a different kind.

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My friend ended up using the sick on velcro. worked really well as it was out of the kids reach and strong enough to hold.

Belinda - posted on 04/14/2010

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You can place a lock at the top of fridge and you and partner can only undo it

Cassidy - posted on 04/14/2010

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I don't have any tips for you BUT my daughter is obsessed w/ the freezer and ice tray. Our freezer is on the bottom (thanks a lot husband of mine for thinking this would be the route to go) and doesn't have a typical handle so a lock is impossible for it. She just gets in there, literally goes nuts in the ice tray then starts eating the ice. Weirdest thing ever.

Fawn - posted on 04/14/2010

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i have this same problem my daughter wont stay out of the fridge or the cuppards for the life of me and she is always wanting to snack i am going to get a baby gate to block her from the kitchen thats the only thig i can think of

Mandi - posted on 04/14/2010

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I would try some type of lock, my two yr old is the same way and he has broken everything that I have tried so if you find something that works please let me know. Good Luck :)

Cara - posted on 04/13/2010

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have you put the childsafe locks high enough so she can't reach them? We used some on our son's sliding closet doors that he figured out, but once they were too high, he gave up trying.

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