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Landlady said no to child locks on kitchen doors

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Fontsnob Thu 01-Sep-11 18:32:00

Have 1yr old walking Dd, we asked for permission to put child locks on kitchen cabinet doors and were refused in case we damage said doors. So are there such things as locks that don't need screws so don't cause damage, do we even need them? And if yes to both previous questions, wwyd, fit them (the non damaging locks) anyway? Thanks.

RedHelenB Thu 01-Sep-11 18:33:47

I never had locks on kitchen doors

zelda1982 Thu 01-Sep-11 18:33:59

I used a fridge lock on one of mine (it was an end cupboard) if thats any help?

Gonzo33 Thu 01-Sep-11 18:34:03

Like that?

I would fit the non damaging locks.

crumpet Thu 01-Sep-11 18:34:13

We didn't use them for either of our two. But we did make sure no bleach/sharp things were in the cupboards the could reach

2BoysTooLoud Thu 01-Sep-11 18:34:43

We put stair gate on kitchen door but obviously no good if 1 year old is going to be in kitchen.

Gonzo33 Thu 01-Sep-11 18:35:01

Although saying that I have an 18mth old who is in all the cupboards all the time. I just make sure her nappies and wipes and boring stuff like that is in the bottom cupboards and chemicals up the top.

zelda1982 Thu 01-Sep-11 18:35:23


strictlovingmum Thu 01-Sep-11 18:36:24

I never too had locks on kitchen doors, cleaning products were moved to high shelf in the bathroom, until both DS and DD were reasonable enough to understand not to play with them.

lurkerspeaks Thu 01-Sep-11 18:36:50

I've never seen/ heard of locks that don't need screwed into place.

Does you DD actually need to be in the kitchen unsupervised? If she does could you re arrange so all the harmful/ breakable stuff is out of reach so that all she can access are things like pots/ pans and tins of beans. Inconvenient for you if they get pulled out but not likely to be life threatening to her.

Alternatively could you put a stairgate across the kitchen door, or depending on size if you are really worried some form of playpen.

Having said all this I can think of several houses with young children who don't have locked kitchen cupboards and with sensible precautions the worst that has happened is some rummaging in the pots cupboard.

I'd be pretty pissed off as a landlord if you had asked for permission, had it refused and then done it anyway. If you do that and leave any damage you would be leaving yourself open to losing a significant wodge of your deposit.

Pelagia Thu 01-Sep-11 18:37:44

If all else fails, I added jingley bells to part of the house I couldn't babyproof so at least I had an audible warning! Unless you can just stairgate off the kitchen, I would fit non damaging locks - but test one out first to check its really non damaging.

LaWeasel Thu 01-Sep-11 18:37:45

I have no idea.

Could you put a pressure gate on the kitchen door? We did this.

overmydeadbody Thu 01-Sep-11 18:38:08

I never used child locks on any doors, just never left DS alone in the kitchen.

cheesesarnie Thu 01-Sep-11 18:38:55

yabu .its not your house.

fwiw we never used locks either with all 4 dc.put dangerous things out of reach and/or baby gate on door.

antsypants Thu 01-Sep-11 18:42:14

Boots sell child locks which are adhesive, they are a bit fiddly but worked for me.

antsypants Thu 01-Sep-11 18:42:15

Boots sell child locks which are adhesive, they are a bit fiddly but worked for me.

WidowWadman Thu 01-Sep-11 18:43:09

BetsyBoop Thu 01-Sep-11 18:43:10

Depending on the style of the handles, could you use elastic bands to fasten two adjacent doors together? Works a treat if you can. The red lacky bands posties use were perfect I found (and free!)

hayleysd Thu 01-Sep-11 18:45:36

I got done that sort of hook over the cupboard handles and click together but my 20 month old worked them out ages ago but doesn't bother with that cupboard anyway so now dont bother I have a stairgate on the door though

Fontsnob Thu 01-Sep-11 18:46:02

Thanks for your replies. We have a stair gate on the kitchen already, our home is sooo tiny that to ban her from the kitchen altogether will mean she has no space at all. We have baby proofed so I wasn't worried about that, more trapped fingers.

We will not be screwing anything to the doors so won't be damaging them. But is it unreasonable to put ones that don't damage, which there appears to be some of?

BartletForAmerica Thu 01-Sep-11 18:47:12

No child locks here either.

Fontsnob Thu 01-Sep-11 18:48:13

widowwadman any idea how that sliding one works?

MrsMellowDrummer Thu 01-Sep-11 18:49:01

We fitted one on the one cupboard in the kitchen with cleaning stuff in, and then my husband broke it by forgetting it was there and yanking the door open too forcefully. Mended it, and my mother in law did exactly the same thing. Unimpressive design.

Rubber bands, (or scrunchies, or similar) on the door handles might work?

I don't think they're particularly necessary though - just keep an eye on your baby in the kitchen, and put hazardous stuff out of reach anyway.

Fontsnob Thu 01-Sep-11 18:49:13

pelagia love the jingly bells idea, might just attach them to DD...

Fontsnob Thu 01-Sep-11 18:50:48

Trapped fingers are my main concern, which I'm not always quick enough to stop.

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