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After my daughter started trying to get her little fists under the toilet lid I knew it was time to get something to stop this. The last thing I needed was her to be covered in toilet water. Especially as there is a bathroom right beside her room which she could sneakily get into at night without anyone noticing.
I had a search online and found these toilet locks. They are made from Safety 1st and I was familiar with this brand so decided to give them a go. I got them for about 8 euro which I thought was good as they also gave me peace of mind!
The locks themselves are attached with suction cups to the toilet bowl and the top section then turns into a clamp like device which hold the lid down. All you need to do is pull the lever in order to release the clamp and lift the lid to use to toilet.
To be honest my daughter was too smart for this and immediately realised that the lever released the toilet lid. She seemed to get a kick out of discovering this and became even more attracted to the forbidden toilet. So it was a complete waste of time and money.
I eventually took the toilet lock off because she needed to use the toilet at night and after one or two attempts to get to the toilet water she gave up anyway.
When my daughter was smaller she was pretty mischevious - she still is but this was the "I'm 2 and going to do anything I want and I shall just give you a butter wouldn't melt smile and you will forgive me" mischief!
One of her favourite things to do was to put whole toilet rolls down the toilet! Not great for the toilet nor for the toilet roll! She did however find it hilarious (occassionally I did too - she did look cute when she looked all proud of her creation). My husband came back from work one day with one of these toilet locks by Safety 1st and we thought our problems were solved.
The lock is made out of a sturdy white plastic which fits easily on to the toilet with suction cups rather than having to be glued/screwed or any other method on to the toilet permanently. There was no need for any too;s to attach this which was great.
The problem we had with this was that the suction cups did not stick. The lock either fell off or was hanging off by one suction cup or my daughter had pulled it off. Nothing would make it stick, it always ended up not doing what it was supposed to do. I don't think this ever actually did keep the toilet locked! There was no required size toilet for this product. It was supposed to fit any toilet so I am still unsure as to why it didn't work - I even made sure the toilet was completely dry where it was being attached.
In the end, we took it back to the shop and just didn't bother with a toilet lock. My daughter got out of putting toilet rolls down the toilet too (luckily!). Not recommended. I would award it no stars if I could as it just didn't do anything!
With my work I have lots of inquisitive children wandering round the house and when children are potty training the toilet seems to be a fascinating object!
I bought this safety 1st toilet lock online for about £6.99 in the hopes of keeping the toilet lid closed so the kids couldn't mess about in it.
The lock is made out of a sturdy white plastic which attaches with suction cups. I prefered this idea so nothing would be permanently stuck to the toilet. Also the lock doesn't need to be anywhere near the toilet bowl so it is more hygenic and easier to clean. Also, I wouldn't need tools to attach it.
The measurements are L11 x W6 x H2cm so it is visable when you first walk into the toilet. Fortunately it is white so it is slightly more subtle than it could have been!
I attached the suction cups to the tank and positioned the lock above the lid. There is a spring back mechanism so the lock slides back into place once the toilet lid is shut.
The lock didn't stay in place simply becasue the suction cups don't stick. no matter how many times I tried to attach the cups, within minutes I would find one of the cups hanging off which made the lock useless. I tried everything I could think off- adding water, fairy liquid- but nthing made the cups stick. The lock is a universal size so it is meant to fit all toilets but I tried it on our upstairs and downstairs and it didn't stay stuck on any of them.
The one time I thought that it was fixed one of the children came in and was able to easily pull it off. After that I sent it back.
The toilet lock would have been a great idea if it had actually worked but unfortunately it didn't. I ended up buying a different brand.
We bought this thinking our son would put everything down the toilet, but in actual fact he's shown little interest (with the exception of an unforunate teletubbie flannel....RIP) and all we've ended up with is a mess. It's hard to get it to stick in the first place and then not long after we did it broke in half anyway and so we've been left with two separate bits stuck to the toilet bowl which are as much use as a chocolate teapot and as decorative as ... well... 2 bits of plastic!
Keeps toddlers dry. Helps keep kids body parts out of the toilet.