“ Brand: Kiddiproof / Safety Type: Household Safety & Child Proofing „
We bought the Kiddiproof Drawer & Cupboard Catches when my son was around 9 months old and had just started walking; well, it was really a mixture of walking, falling and crawling! Either way, he was able to sneak into the kitchen whenever I took my eyes off him!
Every parent has low cupboards that they don't want their children getting into; we had three, a 'cleaning cupboard', 'kitchen gadget cupboard', and 'paint 'n' stuff' cupboard. We later added them to a couple more cupboards, not for safety mind you, just for an easier life!
My son had a habit of 'arranging things', he still does this now - If he sees a cupboard/drawer/box full of things he has to take every single thing out and line them up, then put them in 'order', lol (guess who has to put them all back though!).
There are quite a few of these door catches around, we only went for the Kiddiproof ones as they were the first we came across; I don't really think that there is much difference between the brands.
Kiddiproof Drawer & Cupboard Catches come in various size packs and cost £1.50-£4 depending on the shop you buy them from, and the pack size.
They come with four little screws per catch, and the catch has two pieces - one to go on the cupboard, and the other to go on the cupboard door. They are really easy to screw in, and it is not hard to get the two pieces to match up (trust me, if I can do it anyone can!).
To open the cupboards, you should open them a little and slide your finger in and flip the catch. It is quite easy to do and can be done one handed (with a little practise!). They are pretty annoying, and it takes a good couple of months to adjust to life with cupboard catches, but they are definitely worth it.
They give you peace of mind, and are very cheap, so they really are a must have item.
They are also quite sturdy and last a good length of time, ours lasted until Bailey was old enough to go without them and we screwed them out, but I can imagine them lasting much longer than this as they came out in almost the same condition as they went in.
I would recommend anyone with young children to invest in cupboard catches; not necessarily Kiddiproof ones though. I can't say that Kiddiproof Drawer & Cupboard Catches are better than other brands as I haven't tried any other ones.
They are also a very simple product so I can't imagine any brand being better than the others.
If you are interested, these products are widely available; I think we bought ours from Wilko's, which is probably your best bet as they stock EVERYTHING there!
When my daughter was walking and being adventurous I was always worried that she would try and open the cupboard with all the household cleaning products in. I was forever worried about her getting hold of the bleach or disenfectant so my husband suggested that we purchase some cupboard locks/catches to prevent her being able to do it.
I found these in packs of 4 in Wilkinsons for £2.00 each and thought they would be perfect. I purchased 2 packs just so that every possible door she could reach was covered.
The catches were white little pieces of plastic which attached to the cupboard door with 2 little screws which you put on the inside to hold it and then two more screws to screw into the cupboard itself. They were simple to attach and only took a couple of minutes though do be aware when you finally remove them you will be left with some holes in your cupboard doors and cupboards.
They are easy for adults to open once installed. All you have to do is open the cupboard door a tiny bit and flick the catch upwards to make it unlatch.
My daughter never attempted to go for the cupboards and open them strangely enough. Maybe we told her no enough that she understood not to go near them. They did work though as the catch always held in place and it was sturdy enough for me to have to put some force behind it to get the cupboard open again. I do think they would have kept my daughter out of the cupboard for a while but I do think she would have worked out eventually how to get them open.
I do recommend these catches if anything just for peace of mind.
My eldest daughter was never very adventurous and never messed with anything she was asked not to so i never needed these, along came daughter number 2 and boy did we need help.
She was into everything, there was nothing safe in our house any more, i brought these in packs of 4 from wilkinsons for £1.25 a pack and put them on every cupboard door, every draw and even on the wardrobe doors in her bedroom.
To attach these all you have to do is put two very small screws into the door to hold the one piece and two other very small screws into the inside the cupboardto hold the other piece.
To open the cupboard after these are fitted you have to open the door slightly as is shown in the picture above and un latch the clip from the holder by pushing it.
I thought these were a brilliant idea so fitted all of these wholst hubby was out at work but was very disapointed at the same time as being quite amused to find that my hubbys hands were too big to be able to un clip these safety devices so wholst in my attempt to stop the little terror i had also hubby proofed all my cupboards and draws.
It didnt take long for my daughter to realise that with a very forceful tug she could actualy break these clips off so that they no longer worked.
These clips are great for keeping you hubby out of the cupboard but not a todler like mine.
Helps prevent access to draws and cupboards.