By the time your child is mobile, you’ll want to babyproof drawers in your home that your kiddo can get into. We want to be sure that baby can’t get any items out of a drawer that could be dangerous, such as knives, scissors, or small items that pose a choking hazard. Drawers can also cause hand injuries if they are slammed or if tiny fingers get in the hinges. If you have several drawers stacked on top of each other, it won’t take long for your child to figure out that they can use them as stepstools to access high areas that we definitely want to keep off-limits.
Babyproof Drawers: Tips to Get Started
Just like babyproofing cabinets, the goal of babyproofing drawers is twofold:
- Easy to access for adults
- Difficult to access for children
Additionally, it’s best to avoid drawer stoppers that allow the drawer to be opened slightly. Tiny hands can still make their way into drawers that are only partially open, and the nature of these products increases the risk of a hand injury.
Babyproof Drawers: Recommended Products
The Safety 1st Magnetic Locks (~$25 for 8 locks and 1 key) are my favorite option for both drawers and cabinets. If installed properly, these suckers are literally impossible for baby to get by. Better yet, they are completely invisible as they are mounted to the inside of the drawer. If you use these, be sure to buy at least a couple of extra keys to avoid being locked out. You can strategically stash the keys near clusters of drawers and cabinets for easy access. Bonus: you toggle the locks between the locked and unlocked positions, which comes in handy if you have house guests or your child ages out of the need for locks.
- Nearly impossible for children to open
- Easy access for adults
- Aesthetically pleasing; mounts to inside of drawer
- Must keep track of magnetic key to open cabinets
- Requires drilling
- Installation more difficult than other options
Another option that works well are the EliteBaby Adjustable Child Safety Locks (~$16 for 8). These stick to the outside of your drawers with strong adhesive. A push and slide mechanism is easy for adults to use once you get the hang of it. While these work well, the big downside is they are rather bulky and can be an eyesore, especially if you have many of them stuck all over your kitchen.
- Easy for adults to use
- Difficult for children to figure out
- Simple installation, no drilling required
- Adhesive can pull paint off when locks are removed
- Cannot be adjusted after installation
If your drawers are stacked and have pull handles, you can get away with the easiest and cheapest option of all: a tension rod (the same ones you’d use for a shower or light curtains). Just stick the rod through the handles and you are all set. You can also use other long, skinny household objects like a yard ruler. Really anything that will fit through the handles and is sturdy enough to hold up to some yanking by your child will work well.