The International Association for Child Safety (IAFCS), which certifies childproofers, has 150 members. It’s easy to think it’s both overkill and overly commercial to hire a child safety expert, but whether you’re having a baby or simply recognizing that your toddlers are a lot like monkeys, there are valid reasons to hire someone else to do it. For the names of childproofers in your area and certification information, go to iafcs.org.
Here are top safety picks you can pick up at your local baby store:
The First Years Cabinet Safety Lock model 3337 ($2.49 for two) and Kidco Cabinet Lock model S110 ($3.99). Both plastic U-shaped locks hook around cabinet knobs or handles in seconds. Pinch to release.
Tot Lok/Safety 1st Magnetic Cabinet Locks ($17.98 for four). Run a magnetic key over the surface of the cabinet to unlock it. These locks can be “turned off” for busy times. Above-average carpentry skills are required.
Tot Lock/Safety 1st Magnetic Cabinet Locks (see above)
Safety 1st Cabinet and Drawer Latches model 116 ($1.99 for four). Plastic latch prevents kids from opening drawers. Parents press a tab to open, and when the drawer is closed the device re-latches automatically.
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