Keeping a toddler out of drawers and cabinets

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On Sat, 03 Jul 2010 22:59:31 -0400, " snipped-for-privacy@earthlink.net"

Well, we also used a bicycle lock-looking widgets through the door handles that took more finger strength to open than a kid can muster.
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wrote:

They worked for a while. Then my kids figured out how to get into them. They were only about 3 or 4 at the time.
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The ones we had took quite a bit of finger strength to open. If that doesn't work bicycle locks are available. Of course maybe they'll pick it but that might be a valuable skill for them down the road. ;-)
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My youngest girl (now 19) was a monkey too. Once, while my wife was in the shower, she climbed up onto the counter and playfully dropped ALL the stemware onto the floor, just to watch each glass disintegrate.
We found a fix though: a "play penitentiary". We turned a play pen upside down over her, while my wife showered.
-Zz
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Zz Yzx wrote:

I enjoyed the age that my children were grown, no longer feared punishment and told me some of what they got away with. I still tell one daughter (age 39) that I'm going to check her high school file to see how many excuses for absences have my signature and how many were forged...but now she has a teenager of her own, so justice has been served :o)
One chiller that still scares me was when she and girlfriend, both about 12, rode mopeds about 100 mi. on the interstate.
My brother and I once built a campfire in the woods that got out of hand. We started to run away but went back and beat it out with our new jackets. We were scared out of our minds and in leaving the woods saw a whole line of fire trucks parked in the lot...holy god! Our dad's a firefighter, he'll find out and WE ARE DEAD. Oooooohhh...it's only Fire Prevention Day and they're just having a little show. Had to lie about losing our jackets, and I'm sure my mom could smell smoke on us, but we lived. :o)
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On 7/3/2010 4:03 PM, Smarty wrote:

Put little boxing gloves on the tykes. ;-)
TDD
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On 7/3/2010 9:26 PM, The Daring Dufas wrote:

You know, if they'd have wrapped that rascal, there wouldn't be any little toddlers to worry about.
Jay
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The Daring Dufas wrote:

Or maybe child sized handcuffs (With hands behind their backs.)
Jeff
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jeff_wisnia wrote:

Good thought, Jeff! As an E.E. and half century plus Extra Class of comparable vintage, I would have expected you to offer an RF technique, a capacitive alarm warning, something beyond "handcuffs".
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Smarty wrote:

I've always believed that the essence of pragmatism can be expressed as, "If it works, use it".
Jeff
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Smarty wrote:

There are plenty of childproof gagets for cabinet doors that are mounted on the inside of the cabinet and will leave no holes or damage that you can see, unless you stick your head inside the cabinet. Just google childproof cabinets and you will probably get a few thousand hits.
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Useless. My son went through those without a minute's hesitation.
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Consider putting a baby gate on the kitchen entrance.
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On Sun, 4 Jul 2010 12:21:08 +0000 (UTC), snipped-for-privacy@sdf.lNoOnSePsAtMar.org (Larry W) wrote:

It had better have Concertina wire looped over the top.
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So let's not have anymore of this "I don't want to drill/permanently attach anything to my new solid wood kitchen cabinets" crap...
You want some advice on this, take some pictures of your kitchen cabinets showing the face frame detail as well as the doors and whatever knobs or pulls you have installed and then maybe we could offer you some actual advice... Post those pictures somewhere on the internet and reply here with links to them...
OK ??
We all know that you understand what your cabinets look like, its just that most people aren't as good at describing things as they think they are and my magical crystal ball which magically lets me see what you are talking about in your kitchen from thousands of miles away over the internet is in the shop for magical repairs at the moment...
Otherwise really, stop wasting people's time and keep the lil tot in a room with a closed door when you can't be fully attentive to what they are doing...
~~ Evan
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Evan wrote:

To everyone (bit Evan), my sincere thanks for your constructive ideas and helpful suggestions. I have further researched the magnetic latches which were suggested, and they seem like a very viable alternative, and one which I intend to implement here after I have purchased and tried a couple in strategic places with my 20 month old grand-daughter.
To Evan, I can only say that your cranky, non-responsive reply indicates you have a lot more free time than you have imagination or willingness to help. I don't in any way whatsoever think that a photo of a drawer or cabinet is slightly neccesary to solve this tremendously complex problem I have presented.
To Evan, I will also point out that in helping other people on this forum, I have taken the initiative to actually photograph specific plumbing assistance for Kohler faucets and provided it to someone seeking help, since in THAT situation a photo did indeed convey at least a 1000 words. Your reply had nothing to offer, and you waste my time as well as your own by replying in this manner on this or any other forum or newsgroup.
Thanks once again to everybody else for your constructive assistance.
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You said you didn't want to attach anything to your precious cabinets which rules out about 90% of the off the shelf solutions, I don't waste my time on giving advice in situations where someone already knows what they *WON'T* do...
Without seeing what your situation is with my visual sense, knowing what kind of knobs and pulls you have on your cabinetry is sorta required information to be able to actually offer you any advice which could be useful given the ideas you already shot down...
You don't like the "attitude" -- well don't be a douche and reject the first answers you get like that when you really didn't totally define your problem...
And if you have a problem with that, you can bite me...
~~ Evan
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Evan wrote:

Actually Evan, I happily accepted one of the first replies I received, and your first reply which dismissed me question as "crap" offered no solution whatsoever other that to complain that it was "wasting people's time".
To your "bite me" and "douche" follow up comments, I can only offer you a simple "Go Fuck Yourself". Both of your replies have offered merely criticism and absolutely nothing helpful.
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Here's a novel concept. You claim to be babysitting, SO DO IT! Don't just turn the brat loose while you doze off in the rocker. You're way too senile to take on responsibility of watching lil ones. Those kids should be taken from the parents, for letting you watch them. Then, the parents should be sterilized, they're also too irresponsible for having kids.
Just worry about changing your own damn diaper!
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Jimbo, did you have too much beer?
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