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Ok, for for about 2 -3 months, my 2 year old has been constantly getting into stuff. And I mean food, make up, creams, cleaners, wipes, dog food. You name it, she hasĀ gotten into it. We tried locking cupboards but my partner kept forgetting and breaking them off. We tried baby gates, she can pull them down or climb over. We tried putting her in her room for time out, as soon we turn our backs again, she’s into it again. Lately its been getting worse. Feeding all fridge food to the dog, spilling 7 litres of milk onto the floor. I’m at my wits end. I don’t know what to do.



Posted anonymously, 19th August 2014

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  • One of life’s biggest mysteries. I’ve considered a big shelf that runs along all my walls about 2 meters high. I also believe there is a market for baby straight jackets. Maybe knock up a prototype and take it to shark tank? Just keep telling yourself that curiosity means a super smart child!

  • Yes I’ve locks on cupboards and fridge as well. Every now and then I have to renew them because she breaks them on a certain point. Think I’m on my 4th lock on my fridge. My girl goes like a tornado through the house and has it up side down in no time. Gasheaters and cupboards from the wall over the floor, broken television, we’ve had it all. A lot of hassle yes, but as long we can keep/make it safe I’m ok. It’ll stop one day.

  • I had to put locks on the cupboards and fridge, but she’d constantly find new things to get into. I just had to put up with it until they got a bit older, and thankfully they don’t get into much anymore.

  • Child locks on doors and cupboards. Maybe give him or her their own drawer for plates and cups so they have somewhere of their own.

  • Definetly child safety locks, they are a life saver in our house.

  • Wow, I thought I might have some suggestions til I read your whole story and realised there was way more to it. I really don’t have any answers. Did you find a solution?

  • Some good advice here. They can be little terrors!

  • I used to have a drawer in my kitchen that she could go in … was her stuff plus bits and pieces that were safe. I got her, her own little kitchen too this way when I was in mine she could use hers!!! I did this with a few things… I used to have loads of storage things here and there that she could do to town in… worked for me

  • You need kiddie locks! They’re made for this purpose.

  • Put things out of reach, especially toxic and breakable things. Make they stay out of the cooking area. It sounds a bit as though you may have a child exploring things and see how far she can push the boundaries. Although things may look amusing the first time you need to be strict. Let her do a thing once and she will think it is OK. Make- up shouldn’t low enough for her to access. Put up a “shaving” cabinet up reasonably high on your bathroom wall or allocate a small section in your wardrobe. Lock your medicine cupboard so if she manages to climb on things at reach it she can’t get it open. I know of a child who pushed a table against a fridge, managed to put a chair up on the table, put one at the edge of it at floor level, and stanindg on tip toes managed to get the orange flavoured cough medicine. The lid wasn’t tightened down properly, she opened it and drank some of it. Her Mum was doing the washing and didn’t miss her immediately because of the noise of the washing machine. She suddenly realised she couldn’t hear her talking or “singing” and searched her. She was pretty drowsy when she found her. As they are on a farming property and not near a medical clinic or hospital she rang the RFDS and got instructions from them as the aircraft was out on a clinic run mininum 45 min. flight time away. She administered treatment as instructed and the little girl was back to normal but probably feeling sorry for herself a few hours later. You are going to be driven mad if you give saucepan lids as toys. Our kids were never allowed to play in the drawers. Besides they are in the cooking area. Your husband needs to learn patience to release the locks without breaking them. Don’t be offended by this but it sounds as though you have a hyperactive child. Both of ours are fairly active but never did things like that. Rather than sending her to her bedroom, sit her (if need be a corner) somewhere that you can watch her. If you put her in a corner make sure she is facing outwards and see what is going on around her. It may help her to calm down too. It worked wonders with one of ours..

  • Your question made me laugh, I can imagine the poor dog loving all the food.
    Have you tried only putting things on low shelves that she wont like, Onions, radish. Nothing that will do any harm but will maybe but her off getting them. Or little bells on the fridge etc. so that when opened you can hear it and get there before any damage is caused.

  • try and put everything on shelves well out of her way
    fridge is harder barricade with playpen or tape door shut I say
    this can be done with masking tape ROUND THE TOP
    hard to pull open may make her stop
    being firm and saying NO is hard to do but works (eventually ) I know,
    give her alternatives to do, draw full of pan lids or plastic wear too
    sorry but this is all learning process too so give her less destructive things to open and do

  • I have a 2 year old also and it’s exactly the same. Sometimes there is nothing you can do but watch them like a hawk

  • Unfortunately it’s a two year old thing! Keep persisting with the locks, you can buy the kind that sticks on the outside or loops through door handles which are more visible and less likely to be forgotten. Distraction and constant supervision right now are your only real weapons. 2 is a hugly inquisitive and mischevious age!

  • MY kids do the same, it gets so irritating and costs so much more money, like when you have to replace a 3kg block cheese because there is all chew marks in it :( I got little magnet alarms for their bedroom dorrs and am also going to put them on the cupboards. Easy way to keep them out of things without locks, not only are they scared of the alarm, they know you can hear it. So you can here when they open their door if supposed to be in bed or time out or if getting into cupboard etc and they are also fairly cheap to buy, even cheaper of ebay.

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