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Babyproofing with Grandparents

I have a toddler and my mom also lives with us. How can I keep my baby safe without making my mom nuts?

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: When my kids were toddlers, my husband and I installed those plastic latches to keep the cabinet doors closed. That was easy and effective.

Today, I’ve babyproofed my home for my grandkids, but my mother-in-law also lives with us. With her stiff, arthritic hands she can’t open those plastic latches. Instead, I bought magnetic locks. You can buy sets of a key and two locks online and in baby supplies stores for around $16. This works great to both keep our “grandtoddlers” out of cabinets and let my mother-in-law get into them!

—Susan Besser, MD, a mom of six grown children, ages 27, 25, 23, 21, 20, and 18, a grandmom of two, a family physician, and the medical director of Doctors Express-Memphis, in Tennessee


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