As part of the child proofing process to make your home safe, you may need to buy some top-quality safety locks. These products can help keep your baby from getting into cabinets, drawers, and even appliances like the washing machine and microwave. Because your child’s safety is paramount, you’ll inevitably want the very best in safety locks. That’s why we surveyed Pampers Parents to find out which safety locks worked best for them.

All About Child Proof Locks

Child proof locks are those that are designed to be easy for you or another adult to open, but nearly impossible for your baby or toddler to unlock. Many of these are devices that you can either clip onto or stick onto cabinets, drawers, and appliances with doors like the refrigerator, washing machine, and microwave. Among the various kinds of child proof cabinet locks on the market are external or internal locks:

External Child Proof Cabinet Locks

These child proof locks are pretty simple. They clip, stick, or latch onto the exterior of your cabinet, with some utilizing a U-shaped bar that is threaded through the handles (like the Safety 1st OutSmart Slide Lock). There’s also a latch-style safety lock available (like the Adoric Child Safety Locks).

The downside of most external style safety locks is that the cabinet doors have to have a pair of handles so that you can lock two doors together.

The U-shaped and latch style of safety locks do not work on drawers and most appliances. However, the adhesive version (like the Munchkin Xtraguard Dual Action Multi-Use Latches) can work well on appliances or toilet lids since the two sticky ends are connected by a flexible plastic band.

Internal Child Proof Cabinet Locks

The more advanced kinds of safety locks are adhesively applied (or screwed) onto the inside of your cabinet, and unlock by pressing a button or lever (like the Vmaisi Cabinet Locks) or by the touch of a magnetic key (like the Eco-Baby Child Safety Magnetic Cabinet and Drawer Locks).

What makes these popular with Pampers Parents is that they’re pretty much invisible. The lock is hidden behind the door, out of sight when the door is closed, so it doesn’t affect how the cabinets look.

Pampers Parents’ opinions were divided when it came to which method of unlocking was best—the button/lever or the magnetic key—so just go with whichever you think you’ll prefer.

A disadvantage of having a magnetic key is that it can easily get lost or misplaced, or end up in the wrong hands, like those of your toddler.

The downside with the button/lever-style of safety lock is that the door or drawer has to be opened slightly to gain access to press the button or lever. Curious toddlers may be able to figure this out eventually, or jam their fingers when attempting to open the drawer, for example.

Why You Need Child Proof Cabinet Locks

Long before your baby begins to crawl or walk, it’s a good idea to start child proofing your home. There are a number of baby proofing steps you can take, but one of them is child proofing your cabinets by adding child proof safety locks. Adding a safety lock to cabinets, drawers, and appliances can help prevent your curious child from grabbing or doing something dangerous or making a mess of something important you have tucked away. You’ll want to install these locks on low cabinets that your child could reach in your home, including any in the kitchen, bathroom, living room, laundry/utility room, basement, and garage. Experts advise blocking access to cabinets or drawers that contain any of the following items:

  • Cleaning products such as dishwashing liquid, toilet bowl cleaners, drain cleaners, furniture polish, bleach, and laundry detergents

  • Personal hygiene products such as cosmetics, nail polish removers, mouthwash, aftershave, cologne, and perfume

  • Automotive supplies such as gasoline, antifreeze, engine oil, and windshield wiper fluid

  • Gardening chemicals including fertilizer, insecticides, and pesticides

  • Medicinal items including prescription medicine, over-the-counter medicine, vitamins, and supplements

  • Pantry items like spices, baking supplies, and glass bottles and jars

  • Small items that can become a choking hazard like buttons, coins, batteries, and jewelry

  • Cords such as charging cables or extension cords, or appliances with cords, such as a hairdryer or vacuum cleaner

  • Sharp or breakable items like knives, razor blades, scissors, nail clippers, glassware, and ceramics

  • Important items like your personal documents and valuables like jewelry.

Storing these items up high, completely out of your little one's reach, or in a different, inaccessible location in the house, is another good option. If you are unable to lock a particular cabinet for any reason, it makes sense to ensure that it doesn’t contain anything that could harm your little one.

9 Best Child Proof Cabinet Locks

Thousands of Pampers Parents voted on the best child proof cabinet locks. Check out these reviews to discover which is best for your home:

1. Safety 1st OutSmart Slide Lock

Why pick this one? Pampers Parents chose the Safety 1st Outsmart as their number one safety lock for kids. What makes this lock unique is its decoy button, which will make your kid think he’s figured out exactly how to open the lock—except it’s a trick! Your clever child has just been outsmarted! Only you know the secret to opening the lock

The lock works on cabinets with knobs or handles spaced up to 4.5 inches apart by holding paired doors together. This means it isn't an option for single cabinet doors or doors without hardware.

Some Pamper Parents complained that the lock rubbed on their cabinets, sometimes even damaging the wood. So that’s something to consider when making your decision.

I really liked this product because I was able to set the lock as tight as I could so that the doors wouldn’t budge a bit. We wouldn’t want those tiny precious fingers getting smashed!

Pampers Parent

Highlights: There’s no drilling or installation required for this lock, which Pampers Parents appreciated. Price*: about $5.99 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

✓ Easy to install ✕ Wish there were more color options
✓ Durable ✕ It can damage cabinet doors
✓ Affordable ✕ Could be sturdier/bent out of shape easily

2. Safety 1st Adhesive Magnetic Child Safety Lock System

Why pick this one? This child safety lock from Safety 1st uses adhesive to attach a magnet on the inside of your cabinet door, which means you don’t see it at all. One of two keys magnetically unlocks the lock so you can open the door. Keep in mind, you wouldn’t want the key getting in the wrong hands, such as your child’s, so make sure you keep both keys completely out of his reach. Although this system of locks is quite expensive when compared to some of the others on this list, you do get eight sets, which may be enough for all the lower cabinets in your kitchen, for example. And there’s no restriction as to what type of cabinet door you can use these locks on. One thing to watch out for is that the adhesive may not stick to every type of cabinet, particularly if it’s made from particle board, so you may need to use the included screws. If you do use the hardware to attach the lock, it will leave marks on the inner part of the door.

As long as you keep the magnetic key close and out of the way, this is the best lock for cabinets. There’s no need for screws so it's also good for fast, easy installation and rental properties.

Pampers Parent

Highlights: If you’d like the safety locks to be disengaged for a longer period of time, there is a button that you can press on the lock itself that turns it off. There is also an indicator that lets you know if the lock is on or off in case you’ve forgotten how you left it. Price*: about $42.99 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

✓ Easy to use ✕ Wished the adhesive was stronger
✓ Easy to install ✕ Wish more keys were included
✓ Out-of-sight design  

3. Adoric Child Safety Locks 4 Pack

Why pick this one? These safety locks from Adoric work like latches—one end is like a button, and the other is the latch. Both need to be adhesively applied to a pair of cabinet doors, and then the latch securely keeps those doors closed from your little one.

The latch opens by pressing an easy-to-use release; however, although it’s easy for you, it’s difficult for toddlers, as Pampers Parents attested. You can use this four-pack system for drawers as well, but the locks won’t work for single cabinet doors or for doors spaced wider than one inch. Also, the adhesive only stays on flat, clean surfaces, so it may not work on certain textured cabinets or ones that may have grease splatter, etc. The manufacturer recommends installing the latch by heating the adhesive pad with your hairdryer for a maximum of three seconds, and then peeling off the backing and sticking it onto the cabinet door. Let it cure for 12 hours before using it.

This lock is easy for me to use, but thankfully my 2-year-old still hasn’t figured it out. In contrast, he has mastered opening several of the other safety locks on the list. I also like that these don’t damage my cabinets.

Pampers Parent

Highlights: If you have any problems with the safety lock, the manufacturer offers a customer service line that you can call for assistance. Price*: about $8.99 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

✓ Doesn’t damage cabinets ✕ Doesn’t work on all types of cabinets
✓ Easy to install ✕ Wished it was sturdier/stronger
✓ Simple to use for adults  

4. Munchkin Xtraguard Dual Action Multi-Use Latches

Why pick this one? Even the most nimble kid can’t get past these latches—at least that’s what Munchkin claims—and Pampers Parents tended to agree. The latch requires pressing two buttons to open.

The flexible latch also makes it possible to attach around corners—for example, latching a single cabinet door to the side of the cabinet, or latching the microwave door to the top of the microwave. Despite the manufacturer’s claims that the adhesive removes without damaging surfaces, many Pampers Parents found the opposite to be true.

It’s easy to install and works. We use these on drawers that my toddler should not have access to. At 3 years old he can open many child-proofing devices but not these latches.

Pampers Parent

Highlights: The great thing about these latches is that they’re versatile and not just for cabinets. Use them to secure drawers, appliances, toilet seats, and more. Price*: about $6.96 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

✓ Easy to apply ✕ May damage the surface
✓ Easy to use ✕ Wished they weren’t so visible
✓ Works on more than just cabinets ✕ Wished the package included extra adhesive

5. Eco-Baby Child Safety Magnetic Cabinet and Drawer Locks

Why pick this one? This may be one of the pricier child safety locks on this list, but with your purchase you get 12 sets of safety locks, which Pampers Parent loved. Another aspect Pampers Parents appreciated is that the Eco-Baby safety locks aren’t as noticeable as many of the others, since they install out of view, behind cabinet doors and drawers.

There’s no drilling or difficult installation involved. Simply use the installation cradle to place the locks using the provided adhesive tape. Then stick on the striker plate. If the adhesive doesn’t work, you could use screws, but the manufacturer claims the adhesive is strong enough to attach to almost any surface. With the help of a magnetic key (two are included), you can lock your cabinet doors or drawers. The magnetic key is powerful enough to work through surfaces up to two inches thick. But make sure the keys don’t get into your child’s hands—keep them hidden.

I used these on all my kitchen cabinets and drawers. Once you install it, you cannot see the lock, so it keeps the cabinet looking nice. Once you get the hang of sticking the magnet latch in the correct location, it's great!

Pampers Parent

Highlights: The kit includes lock-locator stickers, which come in handy if you would like to label the doors and drawers on which you’ve used the safety locks. Price*: about $30.00 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

✓ Easy to install ✕ Wish there were more magnetic keys included
✓ Easy to use ✕ Doesn’t stick to all types of cabinets
✓ The locks aren’t visible  

6. Jambini Magnetic Cabinet Locks

Why pick this one? Like many other safety locks on this list, Jambini safety locks won't be visible when they are installed in your cabinets. Each safety lock is secured with adhesive to the inside of your cabinet. You open the lock with a magnetic key; however, only one key is provided, which may be a problem if you lose it or if it ends up in your child’s possession. The manufacturer claims the safety locks can fit any cabinet, but Pampers Parents found that the locks did not work well on thicker doors. With your purchase you get four safety locks. However, you may get more bang for your buck by purchasing another set on our list that comes with more safety locks and provides a better value per lock. That’s something to think about.

These safety locks don’t mark up my cabinets, they’re not visible so my house doesn't look like a prison, and they’re easy for the adults to use but the toddlers haven't figured it out. I was able to child proof my kitchen in less than 30 minutes.

Pampers Parent

Highlights: The manufacturer offers a 30-day money back guarantee if you’re not completely satisfied. Price*: about $14.99 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

✓ Easy to install ✕ Wish there were more magnetic keys
✓ Easy to use ✕ Wish more adhesive tape was included
✓ Aesthetically pleasing since you can’t see the locks ✕ Doesn’t work well on thicker cabinet doors

7. BabyKeeps Child Safety Locks

Why pick this one? The BabyKeeps safety locks are shaped like tabs so they can wrap around corners, such as on a chest of drawers or a toilet lid. But if you would rather have safety locks that aren’t as obviously big and bulky, these might not be for you. The safety locks attach to almost any surface securely with adhesive. Although the manufacturer claims that the locks won’t damage the surface, keep in mind that they mount on the outside, so if any paint or varnish comes off when the lock is removed, this will be visible. Pampers Parents point out that the locks are not easy to reuse or reposition, and that it’s important to make sure you’ve put the lock in just the right spot the first time round.

My 2 1/2-year-old daughter still cannot open them. We have these locks on drawers, cabinets, and even toilet lids. They are very easy to open for adults but not for kids.

Pampers Parent

Highlights: The product is available in three colors to better match your furniture: black, brown, and white. Price*: about $17.95 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

✓ Easy to use ✕ Wish it was easier to reuse and reposition
✓ Works will with cabinets and drawers ✕ Could have more color choices
✓ Easy to remove when needed  

8. Vmaisi Child Safety Cabinet Locks

Why pick this one? Vmaisi cabinet locks also use adhesive to attach to cabinets, but what sets them apart from most of the other safety locks on this list is that they are spring loaded. To use them, you open the cabinet door or drawer slightly and press down on the spring-loaded lever. Many Pampers Parents preferred this type to the magnetic-style safety lock because they didn’t have to keep track of where they left the magnetic key.

With your purchase you’re getting 12 sets of locks, which is a great value and may provide nearly enough locks for an entire kitchen, for example. There are some downsides with these safety locks: They don’t work on full overlay cabinets or drawers with interior lips, the manufacturer doesn’t recommend using them once your toddler is over 15 months old, and the adhesive may damage the finish of older painted furniture.

You can’t see it from the outside, and it doesn’t require a ‘key’ to open. Can you imagine having to use a magnetic key to open every drawer and cabinet door when you need something quickly, like when you’re baking?

Pampers Parent

Highlights: Available in black or white. Price*: about $16.97 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

✓ They’re unnoticeable ✕ Doors can open up enough that kids may be able to fit their hands in
✓ Easy to install ✕ Could be more durable/stronger
✓ Doesn’t require a magnetic key   

9. DB Daily Best Cabinet Locks Child Safety Latches

Why pick this one? Similar to the Vmaisi safety lock, the DB Daily Best lock also features a spring-loaded function. This means all you have to do is press the spring-loaded button to open the lock rather than using a magnetic key. The cabinet locks are easy to install as they use adhesive, but some Pampers Parents complained that the adhesive didn’t hold and they had to screw the locks into their cabinetry. Although the locks are invisible from the outside, this may be a deal breaker for you as you may not want to damage the interior of your cabinets. This set includes 10 cabinet locks, 1 door finger guard, 4 corner guards, and 4 socket covers. Packaged this way, it would make a great child-proofing starter kit, or one that you can give to your baby’s grandparents for their use.

I like these locks because they are easy for adults to use without needing to find a magnetic key, and you can’t see them on the exterior of the cabinets. Just know that you will definitely need to screw them into the cabinets.

Pampers Parent

Highlights: Available in black or white. Price*: about $24.99 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

✓ Easy to install ✕ Can damage cabinets
✓ One-handed operation ✕ Adhesive may not be strong enough, so may need to use screws in some cases
✓ No magnetic key needed  

The Bottom Line

Choosing the best cabinet lock is an important step in ensuring your baby’s safety and child proofing your home. The child safety locks on this list were selected by Pampers Parents, so you can feel confident that no matter which one you choose, you’ll be getting one that helps keep your baby or toddler away from dangerous items.

Recall Notice

Before buying a product, always check that it’s approved and hasn’t been recalled on sites like the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). *Prices are correct at the time of writing.

How We Got These Results

We surveyed thousands of parents in the Pampers Community and asked them to choose the products they love the most, and to share their views on specific products and product categories. Based on the survey responses, we have taken the top product picks and added our own research to create this article. The aim is to help you choose the right product for you and your family. We might receive commissions on purchases made from the links in this article, but the products featured are the Pampers Community’s top choices.