Recently our 11 month daughter learned how to crawl. She seems to be getting faster and faster with each day that passes. She has been crawling for only a short time, two weeks or so, but she is catching on fast that she can get into just about anything at her level. Soon she will be looking up at things to grab. I am excited for her new found freedom and this wonderful chance to explore her surroundings, but now it is time to start taking baby proofing the house to a whole new level and seriousness.
I have been looking at several options when it comes to baby proofing our kitchen. I have heard wonderful things about KidCo 4 Lock Set. I have even had a chance to see it in person at a friends house. I love how easy it is to use and the great thing about it, you can actually use a good fridge magnet to unlock the door if you misplace the KidCo Magnet Lock Key or decide to forgo purchasing it. The great thing about these Kid Co magnet locks, if the fact that they don't require drilling into your cabinets. We have an old fifties styled kitchen that has wonderful cabinets that 1. we don't want to ruin and 2. they are so thin that drill mounting any kind of lock might go through the wood. KidCo also offers a Adhesive Mount Magnet Lock - Starter Set, which includes the magnet key and two locks to get you started. I am wondering if these can be attached to drawers as well, since we have one that is low enough for her to get into now. We might need to experiment with installation.
We have been noticing that Kadence loves to go for electrical cords, even if they aren't plugged in! Thankfully she hasn't gotten the bright idea of putting them in her mouth yet, as she has just started to teeth two weeks ago, but I don't doubt that it will be right around the corner. I have seen Outlet Cover & Cord Shortener and Double-Touch Plug 'N Outlet Covers - 2 pack for the wall outlets. I think the better of the two for outlets out in the open or that have cords running down that could be at her reach, would be the Outlet Cover & Cord Shortener because it does two things at once. We now have the wall outlets that are in use covered, but then there are the power strips we have all around the house.
We have power strips all over our house because I read that if you turn off the power to electrical items in your home when they are not in use you will save money. Even when an electrical item is off, it is still drawing power, called Vampire Power. The use of power strips solves one problem, yet creates a new one, they are within reach for Kadence. In order to resolve the second issue, we are looking into getting the Mommy's Helper Power Strip Safety Cover. This cover will help reduce any access to the power cords connected to any of our power strips and surge protectors, but what about the outlets that aren't in use?
Then there are the outlets that aren't being used. We want to be able to use them quickly and easily, so the
Outlet Plugs are a thing of the past, although that is what we currently have in all of our open outlets (the only baby proofing we have really done to date). Just yesterday I went to go and use one of the outlets we normally don't use and I litterally had to go and get a flat head screw driver just to budge the thing loose enough so I could pull out the plug and use the outlet. I can just imagine how hard it would be for little fingers to get one of those suckers out. While I was pulling it out, I thought how difficult it was and how inconvenient. I have since found a remarkable solution to our problem, they are called Kidco Universal Outlet Covers. These little covers replace your current outlet plates and are designed for both one and two screw outlets. When something is unplugged from the outlet, the outlet is immediately covered by safety mechanism, which blocks anything from being jammed into the electrical socket. They have great reviews, so after talking with my Master Electrician Father In Law, we will decide if they are going to be a good solution.
So what do you think? Have you used any of these child proofing tools? What worked for your family? Did you know about Vampire Power?