Smart little Red Chief figured out how to open the cupboards with child locks on them. They've been up for a grand total of one week.

Any advice for (1) ingenious ways to lock cupboards or (2) teaching and discipline methods for a feisty 18-month-old?


  1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I LOVED that Double O hike in the Devil's Garden!!! I have some great pictures of Delicate Arch when we hiked there too! Small world! We decided to go back to the Canyonlands in Oct one year when it's cooler. To see some of my pictures from that vacation,
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  2. Yeah those child safety locks have never really worked for my kids either. If my kids get where they are not supposed to then they have to sit in their room. It seems to work. Good Luck!!

  3. *snort* don't you just love those child locks? We bougtht a house with them already installed and I thought it was going to be great. My son just yanks and yanks until they open which is uaully only one or two good yanks.

  4. We had the same problem, added to the fact that there were three children age three and under! The best thing for us was a good quality baby gate that was actually bolted to the wall and could swing open like a door when we unlocked it. For a while, our home felt like a steeple chase training centre :)

    Personally, I don't think this is a discipline issue for an 18 month old. Exploring is what kids do at this age, and he will grow out of it before you know it. I've never seen a five year old pulling everything out of the cupboards just for fun, LOL!! As my children grew older they stopped getting into things and we removed the gates once they were mature enough. I'm a firm believer in choosing your battles wisely (grin).

    If you can't put up a gate, it might be a good idea to have a cupboard he CAN go in with plastic containers, wooden spoons etc. that he can explore and play with. It'll keep him busy for hours, he'll love being in the kitchen with you, and it might give you a needed break!

  5. Well...I think Amy said it all...I do recommend getting the gate that has a step-release, so that when your hands are full, you can still get through the gate without having to climb over it.

  6. Oh no! There is another style lock, we got them for our downstairs cupboards. Haven't tried them out, but they work differently.

    At 18 mos it's just curiosity. Mo doesn't mess with the cupboards that are locked much (he's 22 mos). The one that is unlocked has plenty for him to dig out and trip me with, so he's happy.

  7. Just empty out the whole bottom cabinets. It will give them a place to play and hide and give you some much needed peace. Seriously, they have nothing to get their hands on. Oh and if you have no pans, tell your DH its McDonalds for the next 2 years.

  8. I'm so sorry, I can't help but giggle a little.... they're so much smarter than we give them credit for.