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Dreambaby Appliance Latches

We live in a 2 bedroom apartment. With 2 kids. Sigh. Needless to say, there is no separate play room, or rec room or anything of the sort. There is the living room. which also houses the abundance of  toys we happen to own because Grandma keeps spoiling the kids.

Our TV unit has 2 drawers. The bottom one stores all of our random cords and chargers. The top one all of the Wii and PlayStation controllers.

Daniel is particularly interested in controllers. He loves to open the drawers and push buttons and chew on all of the controllers. Those drawers are like 2 little chests of treasure in the world of Daniel.

He also enjoys opening in and shutting the drawers. Half of the time with his fingers still in them. Screams ensue, followed by cuddles from Mom, and then he’s straight back to those darn drawers.

I couldn’t get the Dreambaby Safety Latches, because with those, you can still open the drawer far enough to stick your fingers in (to undo the latch). And that is plenty far enough for tiny Daniel fingers to get shut in there. Sigh.

Instead, I got the dreambaby Appliance Latches. I put them on the drawers after Daniel went to bed, and viola! Bubba proof drawers.

Or not.

They worked for one day. Daniel tried opening the drawers just once and then moved on to something else.

Today, he wasn’t so distracted. He wanted to chew on those remotes. It took him all of 2 seconds to work out how to pull the velcro off and get into the drawers. Sigh.

Did I mention he’s only 9 months old?

The back of the package tells me: “There is no substitute for proper adult supervision. This product is only a deterrent. Discontinue use when child is able to open it.” Gee, thanks.

I suppose if I were to use this on the fridge or something, out of tiny hand reach, it would work fine. But it does say on the package that it is suitable for cabinets.

PROS:

-Would work well on refrigerators if put high enough

CONS:

-Even a baby can easily work out how to undo the velcro

-Fairly expensive ($14.95 AUD) for a bit of velcro with a sticky backing

-Velcro is not very high strength

I was actually looking for Dreambaby Angle Locks  when I bought my appliance latches, but I couldn’t find any. I guess I’ll just have to continue my search. Sigh.

Cheeky boy eating the wii controller

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