Product Type: Clippasafe safety products
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Lock, stock and two chubby arms reaching through the gaps
Clippasafe Cupboard Locks
Member Name: masterchef98
Clippasafe Cupboard Locks
Advantages: Prevent easy access to your cupboards for young children
Disadvantages: Come off easily and open enough to allow a toddler's arm through.
When my son was about 1 I bought these cupboard locks for the kitchen cupboards in the same fit of panic for his safety in which I bought the useless corner cushions (see review), they were £1.99 for 6 from Amazon.
I had previously taken every item out of every cupboard, covering literally every surface in my kitchen so I could barely walk across the room, cried a bit at how overwhelming it all was then cleaned the cupboards and put everything back in such a way that the really dangerous items (glasses, knifes and cleaning products) were in the top cupboards. As there were still some heavy items in the bottom cupboards, and I didn't want to be having to put back everything he'd emptied I got these locks.
My partner fixed them to the cupboards which was a very quick and easy job but that pretty much exhausts my praise for them. The catches stop the doors opening more than a few inches (just about enough for a toddler to stick their arm through), then you have to press the bar down to release the catch and open the door. This is easy enough as long as your cupboard isn't next to an oven which sticks out slightly further than the worktop and makes it almost impossible for me to get my fat fingers to the catch, but maybe that's just a design flaw with my kitchen and fingers.
Occasionally I forgot that the catches were there and opened the doors quite forcefully, this resulted (a couple of months after the locks were put on) in one of them being ripped out the door and another getting so bent that unless you open the door very gently it doesn't catch. I haven't bothered replacing them, my son had got to judge a bit more carefully when going for the heavier items and as I said all the really dangerous stuff had been moved so the catches quickly lost their value.
The locks did work for a while and I suppose they did the job I wanted them for so on that basis I would half heartedly recommend them. I think its important to move cleaning products etc out of reach even if you are going to be using the locks, especially as they probably allow enough space for a toddler to reach in and retrieve a bottle if its close enough to the opening side. They do give some peace of mind and are convenient to stop your toddler emptying your cupboards but as long as you've taken sensible precautions I don't think they are completely necessary so I wouldn't feel that you have to have them, just consider if it suits you.
Summary: Get them if it suits you but don't put all your faith in them