24 May 2010

Use rubber bracelets to babyproof cabinet latches

LiveStrong rubber bracelet Simple, fantastic babyproofing hack from Linda:

Everything in our house is a non-standard size, so it has been next to impossible to find babyproofing cabinet latches. We have had great luck with those LiveStrong-style rubber band bracelets looped around the cabinet knobs, keeping the doors closed. As an added bonus, since they can be purchased cheaply from almost any charity, your money also goes to support a good cause!

Related: Hairbands as lightweight cabinet locks

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We just use thick rubber bands...

I really like this idea. Rubber bands are a smart and inexpensive idea too, but I like the "no snapping" quality of the liveStrong bracelets. Plus, I really like that by buying something we need anyway we will also be using our money for a good cause! Nice Hack!

We've been using heavy rubber bands for years, but the boy is sickeningly obsessed with doors which led to many broken bands. I'd been using heavy hair bands for a while but those have slowly been breaking also. Personally I love the snapping quality which was a great deterrent up until this kid! We've got a handful of those livestrong type bracelets from benefit for my brother-in-law a few weeks ago. Hopefully, they'll survive this kid.

Anybody have suggestions for lever-style doorknobs? We've got a round one on the front door and a safety device on that, but all the other house doors are suddenly fair game to the 15 month old.

What about glass shower doors? The kind where it's a step in tiled shower with glass walls and a swinging door. We've just returned from getting stitches in his chin from him getting in there and falling onto the doorway trim. Thankfully he didn't fracture hi jaw on that sharp thin trim.

The kid is scaring me. He's there, then you literally just blink and he's gone. Girls were so much easier...

And the boy's a climber, so chairs don't make good door locks either!

I use the hairband trick, since that is what I usually have lying around. But, even better than that is the thick green velcro strips that come wrapped around lettuce and other produce. By the time my daughter figured out how to get it off, she had lost interest in the doors it was on.

Oy, I feel your pain. Any good suggestions folks? I'll put the call out on Twitter as well...

Regarding the rubber bands, you can also use bungee cords instead, much sturdier, and with hooks on the ends, it's much easier to undo them. I used to just wrap it in a figure eight around the handles and hook 'em together. If it's a good fit, it won't be easy for a small person to un-hook.

Target has carries safety devices specifically for lever type door handles. I needed some too but I couldn't use them because the handles on our doors were too close to the door edge for them to fit. If you have the same problem, we ended up just changing the door handles to round ones, so we could put the regular safety knobs on. Easy enough to do yourself.

Not sure about the shower... sounds like it's just the magnet kind, makes it tougher. Um, maybe, a bungee set up with suction cups (like the ones you get for sticking things to your shower walls). You could attach the hook ends each to a suction cup, stick one end on the outside of the door to the side, then take it over the top to the other side of the door actually ON the door though, so that when he tries to open it, it will only open so far and you can easily undo this when you need the shower... maybe? Just thinking. :)

ps. just thinking it would have to be a really short bungee to make this work, because it would have to be tight. Or maybe even just suction cup a bungee straight across where the door would be opening, if it opens inward, on the inside, outward on the outside. Same idea, he'd only be able to push the door open so far. If you put it high up, he wouldn't be able to reach it.

Thanks, we are probably going to replace with round doorknobs. Expensive but less so than repeated ER visits! I just really didn't want to do that because then the girls won't be able to get in and out like they want/need to.

The shower idea is fabulous! A twist on the idea though, I'm going to try to put suction cups on the door as well as the glass around the corner and bungee between the two. I'm so short I can hardly get a towel over the door, so passing a bungee over would be quite a challenge...though amusing to watch, I'm sure!

Hi ho hi ho, it's off to Bed Bath & Beyond with my stack of 20% off coupons I go!

happy to help! My younger son is autistic and seriously good at getting in to/out of places he shouldn't so I've had some practice in this area :)

Does the shower door swing out? You could block it with a tension shower rod mounted in front of the door. I think the ones from Ikea have little stoppers you can screw into the wall as wall protectors that hold the rod in place better.

My in-laws have all lever door knobs and have found two safety devices for them. I like this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001B2S1ZC/ref=s9_simh_gw_p121_i2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0XMZQHZ78WBTV1Y2VFD5&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846

Janice, thank you for that link to the lever style locks. I had tried a different one that didn't work with our trim, but will give this one a try before replacing all the doorknobs in our new home that we've only been in a few months.

The shower enclosure is fancy schmancy and the door is flush with the glass. All extremely thin tempered glass with nowhere to possibly get that shower rod attached to. No walls, no shower trim, nothing...hence our problem. I'm waiting on hubby to bring home the bungee cords from work to see if Sarah's suction cup idea will work.

My mother-in-law just told me that girls start off easy and get hard later, while boys start off challenging and have easier teens than the girls do. I never thought about it that way. I do have that curse over my head though. You know, the one many mothers bestow on their teenage daughters that says something to the effect of "I hope your children give you more grief than you give me". Of course, mine was filled with profanity which made it much, much more powerful. Ugh, Mom's up there with her angel wings and halo giggling at my struggles!

we have thumb-latches on some doors, and eye hooks (or any other type of lock) on the top of the door work well. as for the glass shower... keep the bathroom door closed?

Closing the bathroom door worked until just a few days ago when he figured out how to reach the lever-style doorknob and how it worked. We're really struggling with how to handle the bathrooms because the girls need access to the toilet so we can't keep door locked.

Suction cups & bungess didn't work out so well...

Could you fit a piece of pvc pipe with a slit in it over the door glass and adjoining wall glass or are the thicknesses different?

Yes, I think we can do it. We've got the PVC and the tools. Will see how that goes for my short little self to get it up there. Guess I gotta do what the baby did and climb on the tub!

I also use those bracelets for keeping my son's sippy cup attached to his stroller. I just put one around the cup, then attach some of his toy rings to it and then to the stroller. Now he can't drop it on the ground or lose it :)

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