Best Babyproof Cabinet Locks of 2021

Once they’re mobile, little ones’ favorite activity is getting into everything. No cabinet, drawer, or toilet is safe from prying hands. We’ve got the list of the best products to keep your baby (and all your stuff!) secure.
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Best for invisible babyproofing

You've padded corners and blocked off stairways to keep baby safe, but proper babyproofing also means keeping little hands from opening off-limits cabinets. To help, we compared popular babyproof cabinet locks and found that the affordable Wappa Baby Safety Cabinet Locks will keep babies and toddlers from getting into kitchen and bathroom cabinets. And since they're easy to install, you can tackle this babyproofing project during naptime or an episode of Baby Einstein.

Keep reading for more info and our other picks.



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Wappa Baby Safety Cabinet Locks Munchkin Xtraguard Jambini Magnetic Cabinet Locks The Good Stuff Child Safety Latches Kiscords Baby Safety Cabinet LocksSuniry Invisible Child Cabinet LocksAdoric Sliding Cabinet LockSafety 1st Magnetic Locks
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Top 3 child safety locks

Wappa Baby Safety Cabinet Locks

Best for your budget

The Wappa Baby Safety Cabinet Locks top of our list because they’re affordable, discreet, and easy to install—plus, they work for babies and toddlers.

These childproof locks are attached with 3M adhesive to each door of your cabinet (or the bowl and lid of your toilet) and have a strong strap that holds the cabinets shut. When you want to get in, you simply press the release button, and the strap comes loose on one side. They even come in different colors, so you can babyproof without ruining the look of your room.

The biggest downside is that they’re attached with adhesive, so it is possible they could eventually be pulled free by persistent hands. And when you’re ready to take them down, you’ll have to clean the residue on every cabinet door.

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Pro Bullet Affordable
Pro Bullet Easy to install
Pro Bullet Secure for babies and toddlers
Pro Bullet Made for use on cabinets, refrigerators, and toilets
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Con Bullet Attached with adhesive that could leave a residue

Munchkin Xtraguard

Best for multipurpose use

The Munchkin Xtraguard is another adhesive-based, strap-across babyproof system that we love. This one features a dual button release which makes it difficult for even older toddlers to figure out.

A little bit larger than other babyproofing options, the Munchkin Xtraguard is a bit less discreet but can be used on cabinets, refrigerators, and toilets. The adhesive backing means you won’t have to use tools to install it, but you’ll also have to deal with cleaning off the sticky residue when you no longer need the latches.

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Pro Bullet Easy to install
Pro Bullet Doubly secure with a dual button release
Pro Bullet Made for use on cabinets, refrigerators, and toilets
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Con Bullet Attached with adhesive that could leave a residue
Con Bullet Slightly more expensive than other brands

Jambini Magnetic Cabinet Locks

Best for invisible babyproofing

The Jambini Magnetic Cabinet Locks are our favorite magnetic lock system because they do almost no damage to your cabinets, are completely invisible, and don’t require tools to install.

These locks work by attaching a latch on the inside of the cabinet that will hold it shut until you put the magnet-based key on the outside. This magnet will release the lock and allow the cabinet to be opened.

If you know you’ll be in and out of a particular cabinet often, you can temporarily unlock the latch, so you won’t need to use the key. Make sure you keep the key in a safe place far away from any little ones who might wander off with it, or you’ll be stuck with a lot of cabinets you can’t open!

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Pro Bullet Invisible
Pro Bullet Not permanent
Pro Bullet Easy to install and use
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Con Bullet Only able to be opened with key
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Bonus babyproofing tip

Mommy’s Helper Outlet Plugs are another must-have babyproofing product. Outlets pose a risk to toddlers and crawling babies because of their intriguing shape and their eye-level position. Putting a finger or toy into an outlet could really hurt your baby and cause electrical problems for your home. The outlet covers are great because they keep little hands and fingers safe but are easy for you to remove when you need to plug something in. Plus, they come with more than 30 plugs in a pack, making this one of the most affordable babyproofing options.

Honorable mentions

The Good Stuff Child Safety Latches

The Good Stuff Child Safety Latches

These latching locks are attached with adhesive and are completely invisible. Plus, there’s no button to push or key to lose.

These locks are great for keeping little ones out of drawers. But they can’t be used on refrigerators or toilets, so if you’re looking for a one-stop babyproofing solution, this isn’t it.

Kiscords Baby Safety Cabinet Locks

Kiscords Baby Safety Cabinet Locks

Kiscords Baby Safety Locks are a great option for temporary babyproofing that won’t leave a mark on your cabinets.

One downside is that these locks can be more difficult to open and relock than other options. They also work only on cabinets with handles.

Suniry Invistible Child Cabinet

Suniry Invisible Child Cabinet Locks

This latching babyproofing system is a great choice for parents who have lots of little ones and will need cabinets locked for a long time.

But these latches are a little bit cheaper than other latch systems and might not be as durable if installed with adhesive rather than hardware.

Adoric Sliding Cabinet Lock

Adoric Sliding Cabinet Lock

The Sliding Cabinet Lock uses a U-shaped piece of plastic, threaded through cabinet handles, to keep doors shut. It's great for a quick and easy install that won’t leave any marks or damage your cabinets.

They can be a little trickier to open, though, and they’re not the most discreet childproofing solution.

Safety 1st Magnetic Locks

Safety 1st Magnetic Locks

This lock is hidden behind cabinet doors and requires a magnetic key—it can also be set to stay unlocked.

This system is a little pricier than other magnetic locks ($44.99), but it does have a hardware option for cabinets made of particle board, or anywhere you want an extra-secure bond.

FAQs

Most babyproof cupboard locks will say that the adhesive leaves no residue. However, depending on how long the lock is in place, you’ll probably be dealing with some sort of residue. The best way to clean it off is with a solvent. 3M sells a product specifically for removing the residue. Many homeowners swear by a little squirt of WD-40, hand sanitizer, or Goo Gone. Don’t forget to wipe the solvent off your cabinet when you’re done!

Yes! Quite a lot of four-legged family members need to be protected from their own curiosity. Whether it’s a trash can you need secured or a toilet lid you want to keep down, most babyproofing products do a great job of keeping animals out too.

The easiest thing to do is buy a replacement key. If you can’t find one, you may need to buy another magnetic babyproofing system. However, some parents have used fridge magnets to get the job done!

Parents know that every penny counts. When it comes to babyproofing, focus on everything that’s at your baby’s eye level, especially if it’s something that could cause them long-term harm (like electrical outlets or cabinets full of cleaning supplies).

For most homes and most babyproofing products, self-installation is fine. There are companies that will come through and do it for you, making sure no safety stone is unturned, but most parents opt for a DIY approach. Of course, no matter who installs your products, you’ll still need to keep an eye on your little one. There’s no substitute for you!


How we chose the best babyproof cabinet locks

To evaluate babyproofing systems, we installed and tried a few, read user reviews, and talked with parents about what worked for them. For more information on how we evaluate products, see our methodology.


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Rebecca Edwards
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Rebecca Edwards
Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past eight. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month poring over crime reports and spotting trends. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her expert advice and analysis in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, NPR, HGTV, MSN, Reader's Digest, Real Simple, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips.