Friday, January 9, 2009

A Question

So, what are you supposed to do when your toddler figures out how to pry the outlet covers out of the outlets? I'm just wondering, because it's our job, as parents, to make sure they don't do things like, say, electrocute themselves. This is why we do things like install outlet covers. For some reason, I thought these covers were fool proof. I mean, they've been making them for like 20 or 30 years or whatever, right? And if they didn't work someone would have invented something that DID work, right? So, what the crap, people? WHAT THE CRAP?

17 comments:

Heather said...

Smart little toddler...have no advice for you...fricken sucks!

abdpbt said...

Get the covers that slide
like this one

KidCo Universal Outlet Cover 3 Pack

bsouth said...

Chop his hands off? Just kidding! Go with the slidey ones. And swear a lot that you've had to change them all over.

Sarah's Blogtastic Adventures said...

My third one the first BOY who is all freakin boy did the same thing and I had to install the ones that abdpbt and bsouth are talking about! Fun Fun. Their a bitch when you have to plug in a vacuum cleaner 85 times a day but at least it keeps the rugrats from getting shocked! : )

blissfully caffeinated said...

Yeah, get the slidey ones. Or, remove all objects that could be poked into the outlet from Oscar's reach. But if he's already figured out how to pry the safety covers out, he could probably figure out something to stick in there no matter what.

Avery had the cabinet locks figured out by the time she was a year old. All I could do was put everything poison out of her reach and pick up all my tupperware off the floor 9 times a day.

Cameron said...

My girl did that too. The oven lock, the locks for the knobs on the stove were a joke as well, the boy ripped those off right away. Honestly, I wouldn't worry too much about the outlets with Oscar. He would have to somehow shove two things into the hot and neutral sides of the plug, almost impossible to do. But get the slidey covers if it'll help you sleep at night ;)

Tara said...

I was supposed to cover outlets?




lol

Veronica said...

Get better covers? I don't know, the ones I have even *I* have trouble getting them off.

Keely said...

Yeah the other kind...or cut his fingernails, lol. That fixed X's wagon when he managed to pull them out...

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

I have no idea. I'm not sure my 4 year olds know how.

Casey said...

It looks like everyone answered your question before I got here. My kid chewed the covers off at Gymboree so I had to bring in a different kind and replace them all. Good luck, there's always duct tape if all else fails (For the outlet, not Oscar. Jeez)!

River said...

I was the cruel mummy who smacked the fingers that were doing things they shouldn't do. Back then it was the accepted thing. My kids learnt this way not to touch things they shouldn't. When they were a bit older, I explained why. This also meant that I didn't have to watch them 24/7 because they didn't play around with things like power points (mine were all uncovered), stove knobs, tv controls, ornaments, mummy's handbag.....Not meaning to sound smug or anything, certainly don't want to alienate anyone here, that's just the way things were done then.

Xbox4NappyRash said...

Tape his fingers together.

It's for his own good.

Becky said...

We resorted to duct tape in a couple of places, but now (Hank is two and a half) he doesn't show a lot of interest in the outlets because of the very convincing heart attacks I would have anytime he would go near them. Fun!

Momma Bear said...

duct tape if you don't want to buy all new covers. but the slidey ones are pretty awesome.

montana said...

we've done time out for the CDs and he doesn't touch them anymore. I'm amazed that it has worked for a boy this young, but it has. So try it - do you have somewhere you can sit him for one minute? We use the pack and play since we don't use it for anything else anymore. Looking forward to birth story!!

moo said...

we've just had to stay on top of him and say something along the lines of "only for adults!" and ... after weeks of this, he doesn't touch them anymore. And if he goes to plug something in, he'll stop himself, shake his head no, and ask for help.

Just keep on it. He'll get it.