Childproofing is necessary. If you’ve ever had a child throw your television remote in the toilet, or help themselves to snack from the garbage can, you already know its significance. Unfortunately, many childproofing mechanisms are unsightly or even difficult for adults to use. Here are a few alternative ideas:
Kids go in cupboards and explore. The last thing you want them exploring is the disinfectants and harsh chemicals under your kitchen sink. Most people slap a handle lock on these cupboards, which is either in a zip-tie form or a sliding bar – both of which are ugly nuisances. One great alternative is buying large opaque plastic bins with click-lock handles. You put all of your cleaning products in these bins, push the lid on and then snap the handles up to clamp the lid down. When your child opens the cupboard there will be nothing but a bin or two that they can’t access or see into. They’ll lose interest pretty quickly and probably stop going to that cupboard altogether after a few tries.
Baby gates are a necessity in any home with stairs. The downside is that they are usually pretty ugly, and a pain to climb over every couple of minutes, particularly if a set of stairs leads to a frequently used place, like a bathroom or bedroom. Pressure gates that slide and lock into place in doorways are the most common. They are effective and inexpensive. There are, however, built-in gates available now. They come in many decorative forms, like black metal spindles, often in a decorative gate form, and they swing open and closed by way of a safety lock. Not only are these more aesthetically pleasing, but they keep your house functional.
The best way to keep kids away is to simply keep your bathroom door closed. Toilet seat locks can be difficult to unlatch in a pinch, or too easy for kids to master. Save some money and just close the door!