Childproof Appliances

How to Baby Proof a Fridge Water Dispenser

Press the key or keys on the water dispenser to engage the automated child lock feature, if applicable. This may be a combination of keys that you need to press in a certain order for a specific number of seconds in order to engage the lock feature. Consult the owner’s manual of your refrigerator for specific instructions, if applicable. Once engaged, the child lock feature will not allow you to dispense water until you disengage it.

Place a baby gate in the doorway of the kitchen to keep your baby from accessing this room. Keeping a baby out of the kitchen at all times may be an effective way to keep your child from harm or injury, advises the Bob Vila website.

Disconnect the water supply to the refrigerator by turning it off in your basement. If the water dispenser does not have water running into it, your baby will not be able to dispense water.

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Supervise your baby at all times if she is in the kitchen. The variety of hazards present in the kitchen -- both electrically and connected with burns from cooking -- makes a kitchen a hazardous room for children.

How to Childproof a Dishwasher

Refer to your dishwasher manual to see if it has a child-lock feature. Some dishwashers have a setting that will keep it locked until you unlock it a certain way. If your dishwasher has this feature, you might have to press the "Heated Dry" button for a few seconds to lock and unlock the unit.

Install a dishwasher locking strap to prevent your child from opening the unit whenever he wants. You attach these handy safety devices to the countertop above your dishwasher and to the top edge of the dishwasher. Installation is often as simple as peeling the sticky-backed sticker off and pressing the locking strap into place. Read the product label for installation and instructions use information.

Secure a pressure-mounted baby gate in the kitchen doorway to keep your child out of the kitchen when you’re not using it.

Things You Will Need

  • Dishwasher manual
  • Dishwasher locking strap
  • Baby gate

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Always keep the dishwasher door closed and latched when you’re not using it. This helps cut down on the number of times your toddler yanks on the door and it comes crashing down on his head.

Keep dishwasher detergent and all other household cleaners out of reach from children.

Sharp utensils and knifes should be facing down and away from the front of the dishwasher, just in case your little explorer gets into the unit. If it becomes a problem, simply wash these by hand and put them away immediately after.

How to Keep a Toddler out of the Refrigerator

Fridge Locks

One safety item that should be on your toddler prep shopping list is a fridge lock. Different types of fridge locks work in different ways, but the goal is the same -- making the fridge door almost impossible for your toddler to access, while still allowing you to get what you need from the fridge. Your toddler's fascination with the fridge isn't just messy -- it can also be dangerous. Climbing fridge shelves could result in falls or toppling, so a fridge lock is a small investment to help stop a potentially big problem.

Kitchen Gate

The kitchen can be one of the most dangerous rooms in your entire home. Think about it -- it's often packed with sharp objects in the drawers and hazardous materials under the sink. While you can put locks on all of your drawers and cabinets, if your toddler continues to try and get into the kitchen, the fridge and other places that she shouldn't access, try placing a gate across the kitchen entryway when you're not in the kitchen. That way, you keep your little one in safer areas of the home and away from the fascination with the fridge.

Fridge Distractions

Your toddler might get into the fridge because she's interested in what's inside, so distracting her with toys, colors and noises outside the fridge might stop her in her tracks. Place colorful magnetic letters, scenes and other toys that are meant to stick to the fridge on the door. That way, when your little one makes a beeline for the refrigerator, there's something to distract her from her mission of exploration.

Offer Snacks

Toddlers love being in charge, which is why yours might throw a fit when you try and pry her away from the fridge. But it's important to give your little one some independence, according to Aha! Parenting. Instead of simply removing your fridge-dweller and listening to her cry, fill sandwich bags or small plastic containers with easily-accessible, toddler-appropriate snacks in an unlocked drawer or bin designated specifically for your toddler. That way, if she wants a snack or simply wants to assert her independence, she can look in the drawer and choose something without fighting to get into the fridge.

How to Childproof the Refrigerator

Pick up a stick-on child-proof refrigerator locking device at your local department, appliance or hardware store or online. Be sure to select a lock suited to your specific style of fridge, such as an over-under or side-by-side model.

Read the instructions on the lock to determine exactly where you need to position the device on the refrigerator.

Wash the area on the refrigerator where the lock will be attached, with soap and water applied to a paper towel, to remove all traces of grease or food particles. Dry the area with a clean paper towel.

Wipe the cleaned area on the refrigerator with isopropyl alcohol applied to a clean paper towel to ensure there is no soap reside left on the fridge. Wait 60 seconds to allow the alcohol to evaporate completely before applying the lock.

Test fit the lock to the fridge, according to the installation instructions, before removing the backing from the self-adhesive pads. The adhesive pads are very strong, and you will only get one shot at applying the lock, so you need to be certain you completely understand how the lock attaches to the refrigerator before attempting installation.

Peel the paper backing from the self-adhesive pads on the child-proof locking device and place the pads in position on the refrigerator. Press down firmly on the pads with your fingers, rubbing the entire surface of the pads to ensure a uniform bond to the refrigerator surface.

Test the lock. Place the locking strap over the hook and try opening the door to ensure the device will keep your little mischief maker from opening the door.

Remove any chairs and step-stools from the kitchen that your child could use to reach the refrigerator lock.

Things You Will Need

  • Stick-on child-proof refrigerator locking device
  • Soap
  • Paper towels
  • Isopropyl alcohol