This article is from the Baby Proofing FAQ, by Sandra Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Sunset has a book called "Making Your Home Child Safe" that
I found to be quite helpful. It covers a lot of details
inside and out.
For cabinet latches, we used 2 different kinds. One has a sharp point
and horizontal ridges on the inside of the point where it catches on the
cupboard door. It is GREAT. The other kind has a slightly rounded point
(on the part that attaches to the door) and is smooth. This kind is
junk. Sorry I don't remember the brand names.
For drawers, we used Gerber latches on the 1st child. They were fine
until she was about 18 months, then she figured them out. We added a
second latch to each drawer and it took her 2 days to realize she
just needed to open both of them at once. We gave up on drawers with
>For brands: the "one with the sharp point and horizontal ridges on the inside
>of the point where it catches on the cupboard door" (I haven't figured out
>which brand this is yet), and the Gerber single piece units (from Perfectly
I was in a store today, so looked at the cupboard latches. The
Kinderguard ones qualify as the "one with the sharp point and horizontal
ridges on the inside of the poin" We had purchased them at first and
later needed to add more. I grabbed some that looked similiar, but the
point wasn't aointed and didn't have the ridges. A good tug easily
defeated the second kind and the kids were soon opening the doors with
the bad latches faster than we were.
I don't know if it was mentioned, but if you have stair railing along
an upstairs hallway or deck railing that has the balisters more than
3 or 4 inches apart, you need to look into netting of some sort to keep
children from falling through the railing.