Child safety locks - Best choices to secure cabinets, doors and windows
It may seem self-explanatory to some when baby proofing their apartment; keep the sharp objects and bleach locked away and put those child safety locks on all the cupboard doors and drawers.
However, it is not as straightforward as it seems and some parents have found themselves confronting major issues in finding the appropriate lock when baby proofing.
Safety locks and latches are designed to prevent children reaching dangerous products such as cleaning products and medicine.
Remember no locking device is 100% foolproof, but thankfully they can make it hard for a child to get to these substances.
Before you start putting locks on every door, cabinet or drawer, have a look if you can store some of these items higher up where a child can not reach them.
Many parents ask me where they can find locks for doors, windows, closets and sliding doors that are strong enough the most precocious toddlers.
Below is a selection of special locks that are inexpensive and easy to install.
Top 3 useful child safety locks for doors
A toddler opening the front door and walking into a busy street is a major concern for many parents. If you have a little escape artist that has set his mind on exploring the outside world its time to baby proof your doors.
#1. Kidco Door Knob Locks (5-Pack)
Using door knob covers is an effective way to stop children opening doors that give access to areas where you don't want them to go.
To open these doorknobs you need to pinch the cover together on both sides and turning the door knob at the same time.
#2. Safety 1st Secure Mount Deadbolt Lock
This lock requires no drilling just place it behind the deadbolt hardware on the door.
#3. Cardinal Gates Door Guardian
A very strong lock for baby proofing all your exterior doors including doors to a laundry room, basement or garage.
The Door Guardian not only prevents toddlers escaping the house but also provides extra security against intruders trying to force themselves into your home.
Now we made sure your child cannot open the door let's focus on another often overlooked hazard. Did you know that finger accidents on the hinge-side of the door causes yearly about 300.000 injuries with 25.000 being fractured or need to be amputated?
But little fingers can also get crushed on the handle side of the door. So we need to provide finger protection on both the hinge and handle side. For this there is a simple and safe solution: the Childproof Door Lock & Pinch Guard that can be operated from both sides of the door.
Door monkey door lock & pinch guard
Made by: Door Monkey
Price: from $12.75
- No hardware needed
- Simply clamp it to desired height
- Works on most internal doors that are 1-3/8 inch thick
- Easy to remove and install again so great for travel
3 Best Child safety window locks
Did you know that about 5,200 children in the US need to go to the emergency room each year because they fell out of a window? You can protect your child from window falls by installing proper window locks or window guards.
Baby proofing windows can be quite a challenge as they come in different types and frames can be made of wood, PVC and aluminum. A lock that is made for a sliding window may not work for your hung windows or casement windows.
#1. Dreambaby Brass Sliding Window lock
A sturdy brass window lock that is super easy to install with the Allen key that comes with it.
This lock can be used for both horizontal and vertical sliding windows. You can place these child safety locks lock so that it does allow some space for ventilation.
#2. Cresci Products Window Wedge
This plastic window wedge can also be used for windows sliding sideward or up and down. They are easy to install. No screws and no drilling required.
First you need to attach the adhesive side of the velcro strip to the side of the window sill in the desired location and then stick the wedge to the velcro.
Place all child safety locks so the window cannot open more than 4 inches.
#3. Window or Door Restrictor Cable
This window lock is a modern innovative design to prevent children from fully opening the windows.
A very strong childproof device that curious kids can't peel it off as one needs to screwed it on the window frame. The restrictor has a key so the window can be unlocked and opened completely in case of an emergency. Can be attached to PVC, aluminum and wooden frames.
3 Window safety issues no parent should ignore
- Make sure to place furniture or any item they can climb on as far away from the window as possible. If you have a persistent climber, don't hesitate to remove it.
- A window screen cannot protect a child from falling out of a window. If you are concerned you child may fall through the window, install a window guard.
- Use only cordless window coverings to protect your child from accidental strangulation. According to CPSC about once a month a child is strangled by window covering cords.
3 most reliable Child safety locks for cabinets and drawers
Every parent with a toddler that just starts to crawl or walk knows that cabinets and drawers are the most fascinating things in their little world. And mommy saying: no don't open that makes them even more determind to learn what's hidden in those drawers and behind those cabinet doors.
Installing child safety locks will not only keep little ones out of cabinets and drawers but also prevents that cabinet doors and drawers slam shut and pinch little fingers. The following locks stand out for their quality and can be used as child cupboard locks, drawer locks and some will even help you to secure your appliances.
#1. Toddler safety locks with adhesive adjustable straps
A ever so simple but very effective way of locking your drawers and is wuth these adhesive straps. The straps are adjustable, flexible and require no tools to install.
If you use a hot hairdryer to remove them as the manufacturer suggests the adhesive material will leave no marks on your cabinets.
#2. Dreambaby Safety Catches, 12 Count
This latch will stop young children from opening cabinets and drawers. To open the cabinet 1 or two inches and then press the catch down. When you close the cabinet it locks automatically.
#3. Safety 1st Magnetic Locking System
This child safety lock I can recommend to anyone without hesitation. Magnetic child locks are not visible from the outside. They will cause no damage to the outside of the cabinet doors but on the inside you need a few small screws to install them.
They are totally concealed and can only be opened with the powerful magnetic key that comes with it. Note, they cannot be used on metal cabinets and drawers. It's easier if you put them on each cabinet door in the same place so you don't have to guess where they are. In the package you'll find 8 locks and one key. Additional keys can be ordered separately.
Installing child safety locks on your cabinets and drawers is a simple security measure that does not have to cost a fortune but can prevent lots of heartache.