As grandparents, my wife and I do frequent toddler babysitting.
The kitchen cabinets, drawers, and other compartments are very tempting
for our grand-daughter to investigate. We are looking for a way to keep
this closed and inaccessible to a young child, while still allowing
adults to easily open and close the doors and drawers.
Unlike 30 years ago when our own children were toddlers, we now have
very high quality custom cabinetry and drawers, and do NOT want to
drill or attach any fasteners which deface or damage the cabinets /
doors. The fasteners were used 30 years ago required drilling holes
into both the doors and the cabinets in order to attach the plastic
latches. This is NOT an option for our current cabinets.
Does anybody know of any device or fastener or method which provides a
secure and reliable latch to children, easy access to adults, and easy
removal without leaving any permanent damage to the custom cabinetry?
Thanks in advance for your assistance and suggestions.
you could use double-sided tape; a child young enough not to be trusted
with the cleaning supplies likely doesn't have the strength to rip it
off. I'd test somewhere inconspicuous first to make sure you can remove
same without damage before applying.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
=My mother used a method called "spank de arse"...that seemed to train
the toddlers to keep out of the drawers and doors. Somehow in this
modern age that method is frowned upon.
My first daughter was way too smart to be foiled by a mere cabinet latch.
She was probably also too smart to drink Drano or bleach but just in case we
took advantage of her brain and taught her not to get into the cabinets and
if she did not to drink the horrible stuff in there. Meanwhile we moved
anything lethal, just in case. But there's no guarantee they won't find it
(especially boys) so we had to fall back on teaching. She pretty much
taught daughter #2 not to mess with the bad stuff. In our case "spank de
arse" was not necessary, but I never ruled it out. I also believe that
leaving toddlers unsupervised is a disaster waiting to happen.
Looks like I need to remind you Ed that this is, exactly as you stated,
an unmoderated newsgroup, and thus can be a sewer for perverse ideas as
well as foul language.
To your perverse ideas such as the ones you offer above, I repeat,
Thank you. Be sure to show your wife your eloquent words; she'll be
impressed. You sure know how to charm people. You can even repeat those
words of endearment when you give the grandkids a hug. Your influence on
them is important.
I wanted to design a line of clothing for small children called
"Stayput". It would have Velcro sewn into the back of the clothing
and come with accessory wall plates covered with Velcro to be
attached to various locations about a home. The rug-rat could be
stuck to the wall for various activities such as putting on their
shoes, combing their hair or washing their cute little faces.
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