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Just like almost everything else in the house, the refrigerator can pose a danger your child.

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While not every child is attracted to the fridge, for some it is like light to a moth. If you are here I assume that the fridge is an issue for your little one and you are looking for ways to baby proof it. Well then, let us get started with the guide.

If your child gets into the fridge unattended, you can be sure of two things. An upset belly and a mess are bound to follow.

If your baby has become infatuated with exploring the fridge then there is no other way around it, you are going to have to come up with a solution to restrict access.

The first thing you can do is restrict your child’;s access to the kitchen or wherever you keep your fridge. A good baby gate won’;t just keep your child away from the fridge but also keep him safe from every other danger in the kitchen (or whatever room you keep your fridge in).

If barricading up the entrance is too inconvenient, then you will have to look for an alternate solution to keeping your child safe around the fridge.

The most obvious danger to your child is the contents of the fridge. You don’;t want your child getting sick from eating random foods or making a mess all over your floor.

So how do you make sure your fridge door stays shut? With a childproof locking device of course.

Over my many years as a full-time nanny to various kids, I have experimented with a range of fridge looks and just about all of them have their downsides.

Let us have a look at the different fridge locks:

The Promise: Easily hold Standard style fridge doors closed with a simple strap. Releases at the push of a button and latches automatically when the fridge closes.

In Practice: Many parents report success stories while others, myself included, found that the glue gave up too easily and that the latch was a little too brittle. Try it at your own risk.

The Promise: Hold Standard style fridge doors closed with the help of a padlock. Durable and very difficult for a child to break

In Practice: Stands up to what it promises, the sturdiest purpose made fridge lock I have come acrossaccent pillow case baby, I am yet to meet a child who can beat it. The downside is that it does require a padlock to hold shut and it is on the pricey side.

The Promise: Easily hold french style fridge doors closed with a simple strap.

In Practice: The strap type of fridge lock not only pops off easily but requires two hands to use, which is quite annoying when you are holding whatever you just took out of the fridge in your other hand. Children can open the fridge with ease.

Although there are baby products purposed made to childproof the refrigerator, I do not believe they stand up to the good old multipurpose strap. I rave about these for baby proofing cabinets and toilet seats and once again, they really shine at baby proofing your refrigerator.

Cheap, effective and easy to use, so many parents swear by them and with good reason, they just work. Just be sure to mount the strap out of your child’;s reach and you are in business!

The cabinet straps even work on french door style fridges. Simply mount the strap over the split between two doors and presto, child proofed refrigerator.

Available Colors: As pictured.Features:–; Push to release button.–; Flexible straps.–; Easy to install.

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IMPORTANT Before you apply any adhesive mounted latch, be sure to clean the surface of the fridge where you are going to mount it with alcohol. This will ensure adhesive forms a firm grip and you will have the most success possible with this style of lock.

The door is not the only part of the fridge that you may need to childproof. Let us have a look at the other areas of the fridge you will need to keep an eye on.

If your fridge has a water dispenser or an ice dispenser (or both) then you will definitely want to find a way to childproof it. At the push of a button ice or waterfalls to the floor. Entertain for a child, not so fun for the parent who has to clean it up.

The first thing to do is pull out your fridges owner manual and determine whether your fridge has a locking feature on the water dispenser, many do.

If you can’;t remember where you placed that manual then do not despair, Look for the fridges model and serial number (this may be located on a plate or sticker on either the side or rear of the fridge). With this information handy, enter the model into a search engine such as Google as many manufacturers now keep copies of instruction manuals online.

If your fridge has no locking mechanism for the dispenser then don’;t despair. Simply head down to your local hardware store and buy a length of magnetic sheet.

Cut the sheet to a size where it will completely cover the water dispenser recess. Be mindful to cut it large enough so all edges can attach to the metal surface of the fridge door.

If your fridge is anything like mine then it doubles as a community noticeboard/family photo album, covered top to bottom.

Many parents forget that if it is in reach, it goes in the mouth or is strewn across the floor. Take a look at your fridge. See those magnets and notes that have made their way to the bottom of the fridge? You’;re going to have to move them up.

Magnets are just the right size to cause a choking hazard. While your child is young and at the “;I’;m going to put this in my mouth”; stage, move all magnets and notes high up out of reach of a small child.

Also, remove any magnets that are starting to lose their stick. Yes that Disney Land magnet may be a great souvenir but if it falls off the fridge then it may double as a souvenir commemorating your child’;s first trip to the emergency room.

Why not take the time to spring clean the fridge face, removing all old invitations and notes that no longer needed? Baby proofing and spring cleaning? Now that is efficient.

The gap between the base of your fridge and the floor is generally an afterthought. Not only can you not easily see under the fridge but cleaning between this gap can be a downright chore.

If you are like me and tend to avoid cleaning under the fridge then try this out. Place your head on the ground six inches from the base of the fridge. Not a pretty sight, is it?

The view you see here is similar to that of a small child. While the view is similar, the thoughts are different. While you are probably thinking something along the lines of “;Yuck, I had no idea it is that dirty”; your little child is probably thinking “;I’;m gonna put that gunk in my mouth”;.

Obviously, we don’;t want your child putting all that grime in his mouth let alone getting it on his fingers.

So, I have some bad news. You are going to have to clean under the fridge and quite regularly too. Sucks doesn’;t it? You came here to baby proof and here’;s me telling you to clean.

And with that, you have reached the end of my guide to baby proofing fridges. Do you have any tips you could share?

Related ResourcesBacteria in the fridge.Old refrigerator removal.How to simply and effectively baby proof your kitchen.

Jess Miller is a loving mother that wants to help other parents by giving them helpful parenting tips and reviewing the best products for their children to save them time, money, and hassle.

CARLA says

June 2, 2015 at 6:57 pm


Jess Miller says

June 2, 2015 at 11:18 pm

Hi Carla,

While fridge locks can be hard to track down in stores, there are many sellers has a whole bunch.

Keep being awesome!

Renee says

February 9, 2016 at 8:02 pm

My 3 year old is a nightmare with tbe fridge she has the wonderful fascination with busting eggs she throws em in the fridge then pulls them out and at the kitchen walls i just found my mop bucket with some ((((sigh))))) im at my wits end with it

Katie says

September 9, 2015 at 3:53 pm

We have a fridge with the freezer on the bottom. My 3 yo daughter keeps opening (and not closing) the freezer. We tried the Button Strap Fridge Lock, and it broke almost immediately. I’;d get the cabinet straps, but there is no way to put the straps out of her reach since that freezer door is so low.

Jess Miller says

September 10, 2015 at 3:38 am

Hi Katie,

Our old neighbor (why is it that the good neighbors always move out) had a similar problem with her 14 month old and it seriously made her regret the decision of buying a fridge with a bottom freezer. The Munchkin Multi-use latches are what she used on my recommendation and her little one could not figure them out, even though baby could reach them. Just be sure to give them enough time to “;set”; before your little one fiddles with them. That said, her baby did not hang off these latches and I do not know how they would hold up to a child hanging off them with all her weight.

You could also baby gate off the kitchen (or wherever you keep your fridge) or, if possible, train your baby to not use the fridge as a toy (difficult but worth it in the run). Good luck!

Keep being awesome!

Aarthy says

March 18, 2016 at 2:00 am

I have tried all possible Child safe available in the market including the one displayed above but my twin boys just remove that. I have spent almost $50 and I am anxious now.My refrigerator is 3 door. Most of the time they enjoy opening the bottom door which is the crisper storage.

Aarthy says

March 18, 2016 at 2:06 am

Finally I have decided to use child safety gate to protect them from entering kitchen as well as train them not to play with fridge…; resort to traditional method huh…;I share this for parents who have kids like mine.

Kristi says

April 26, 2016 at 11:03 pm

What I’;d you’;re fridge is stainless steel and you can put magnets on it. Do you have other ideas for baby proofing the ice and water dispenser ?

Rachel-Lee says

December 18, 2016 at 8:29 am

Hi my son is 2 and a half and the issue isnt him making a mess but helping himself to food. Normally it wouldnt be an issue but he is lactose intolerant and he always goes for the foods he knoews he isnt allowed (his sisters chocolate etc) we brought a lock that is a plastic thing that has a hole either side that clips onto the bits stuck on the fridge

It was great at first but he has now figured out how to open them :/Im not sure what else to try, cant use baby gates as he can climb them plus it would restrict his 4 yr old sister from getting to the toilet

Any tips?

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