Jail break at only 14 months old, any suggestions?

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Jail break at only 14 months old, any suggestions?

Kimbertrees Kimbertrees
My daughter is 14, almost 15, months old, as tall and as heavy as the average 2 1/2 year old, and has learned how to open or break almost all of the safety proof locks in our house. So far the only one she hasn't mastered is the $25.00 door lock for the front door (french handle) that I had to buy online.

She has broken then by simply applying pressure in the right place for several minutes or pulling on them and pushing them back several times really fast. By the time I run over there (less than ten seconds) they are broken and she's trying to get into the cooking supplies (all toxic things are way up high where even she can't reach).

I am going insane to put it lightly. I have spent over a hundred on different brands only to find them broken or useless within a day or two. I try not to let her see me open anything but most times she watches someone else do it or she runs over and fiddles with it for a few minutes every few hours.

She has learned how to open the plastic round locks for round door handles (which is very very bad seeing as she can open doors already!) and has learned how to open the rectangular latches that go over two handles at once to lock. Any hidden ones inside drawers are normally broken within three days of installing them.

I was not expecting to have to go through this at such an early age. She is already grabbing things off of the counter tops and out of top drawers. I'm running out of creative ideas.

Does anyone out there know of any amazing products to keep small children out of things?
11/16/2010
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Chilipepper Chilipepper
Padlocks. Mulder's four-year-old was already an escapologist when we began our affair - whenever he had his son over (I was not there for this) he had to padlock all the doors and sleep with the keys in his clothes, because the kid already figured out how to undo latches and deadbolts.
11/16/2010
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
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Originally posted by Kimbertrees
My daughter is 14, almost 15, months old, as tall and as heavy as the average 2 1/2 year old, and has learned how to open or break almost all of the safety proof locks in our house. So far the only one she hasn't mastered is the $25.00 door lock ...
Love sometimes it's just easier and better to put what can hurt her up high and let her have free access to the bottom cabinets. We do this with our Son who is just now turning 1 year. We corral him when necessary but otherwise he has free range and we have several "Monkey" areas where he knows he can get into, we make it a game by taking him away from the areas several times and then letting him play. We know he's safe and he has 'worn us down'. LOL My pots and pans are all over the floor most of the day!

The point is to pick your battles. If you allow her some times where she gets into the 'forbidden' places she'll be less likely to break into them. It's boring if Mom smiles and just walks away!
11/16/2010
Kimbertrees Kimbertrees
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Originally posted by Airen Wolf
Love sometimes it's just easier and better to put what can hurt her up high and let her have free access to the bottom cabinets. We do this with our Son who is just now turning 1 year. We corral him when necessary but otherwise he has free range ...
I've tried letting her have a drawer (well actually two drawers) to herself but in the long run ended up regretting it. I let Erilyn play in the "shake shake" drawer (which is only filled with unopened boxes of food that make sounds when shaken) and the pots and pans one. After a week of the "shake shake" drawer she learned how to open the boxes, and her new favorite game for the day was trying to season the dogs. I moved those, but then she decided that the pots and pans were even more exciting when you have two dogs that jump in the air and run to the other end of the room when they're thrown to the floor in front of them.
I let her play in her drawers while I'm cooking but that only increases her wanting to play in them later.

I've tried keeping a toy box in the kitchen for her, but she will either move it into another room or flip it upside down and use it as a stepping stool.

I think my main problem with letting her play in even the pots and pans drawer is that my daughter is a climber. The drawer containing them has two shelves that she can even pull out to a certain length, perfect for her to climb up onto the counter and get into the vitamins and other such things.

I need to remodel my kitchen. Lol.
11/17/2010
Kimbertrees Kimbertrees
Lol. If only yelling worked. My daughter is even more stubborn than I am when it comes to being told no. There are three ways that yelling at her will go...

Number one: She will give you her sweetest smile and walk right past you and over to the area she's not supposed to be in and whatever she was just doing, while smiling at you the whole time.

Two: She will nod her head several times saying "no no" while pointing to whatever it was she was not supposed to be around, walk up to your chair or area you were last at and start playing on the ground to wait for your return, and then less than a minute after you get back, get up and run as fast as she can back to the area.

And three: Run up to you and give you a huge hug, grab your hand, lead you to the area she was just at, and then attempt to persuade you that whatever she was doing is fun,which is her saying "yes sit yes sit" several times.

I wish my daughter would just obey at times, but she's definitely a free spirit.
Maybe I'll try my hand at building an extra cubby place for her right nest to the kitchen...
11/17/2010
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Baby gates from floor to ceiling in the kitchen doorway.
11/17/2010
SexyTabby SexyTabby
When the kids were a bit smaller we had to keep the pantry closed and it didn't take long for them to break into it so we used latches at the top of the doors where they couldn't reach and nothing was near to climb on so they finally gave up. The stairs was another issue in our home. Couldn't find a good gate that would work on them and I was forever chasing them off the stairs. My two year old jumped from the top step. Guess he thought I was supposed to catch him I was about half way down and we both went. I took the brunt of the blow hitting a steel support beam - ended up in the hospital with a broken skull. Still have a dent in my head. After that the hubby built a solid wooden gate that bolted right into the wall and connected to the railing. It was extreme looking but none of them ever broke that one.
11/17/2010
ScottA ScottA
The problem is if you want something that's removable and doesn't mess up the finish. For doors you can always put a sliding bolt up high, but for cupboards you'll probably need a keyed lock, possibly mount a chain on the inside with screws and lock it together so it isn't visible on the outside?
11/17/2010
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