Baby proofing with a new kind of outlet cover

Babyproofing - Kid-E outlet coversI know all about baby proofing, considering my toddler is absolutely fascinated by electrical outlets. For some reason, the combination of the right height plus holes you can poke your fingers into equals a good time. Whee!

Luckily, there’s a new outlet cover in town and this one is impossible for curious hands to pry off–but a cinch for parents when they have to actually use the outlet.


Kid-E-Covers
were designed by a dad who designs car parts for the automotive industry, and realized he could build a better electrical outlet cover that covers the entire thing and not just the holes. You just pull one of the two tabs on the side to expose the outlet and plug in your device — easy enough for an adult. But I tested it with my two kids, a one year-old and three year-old, and neither were able to pull the tabs long enough to touch the outlet. 

They’re currently on sale for $15 for a set of 5. Get them for the couple of places you really fear those little fingers.

While traditional outlet plugs are very cheap, and very easy to use, they’re also very
easy to forget to put back on after you quickly vacuum the house, for
instance, and then something distracts you. Oops. Besides, I’ve seen my toddler attempt to pry them out. Will she crack the code? I’d rather not wait to find out. -Elizabeth



Find out more about the
Kid-E-Cover outlet covers for baby proofing, now on sale at Elicole.

Elizabeth Leach is a freelance writer and a former contributor to Cool Mom Picks

7 Comments

  • Reply January 29, 2011

    Jen

    I went to the website for these covers, and they are $15 for 5 covers, which is a much more reasonable price. I will definitely be buying them! Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Reply January 29, 2011

    Kaely

    We use these: http://www.amazon.com/Safety-Universal-Outlet-Cover-White/dp/B000V1QW3W/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1296311432&sr=8-2

    Cheaper that the ones in your post ($8.95 for 3 currently on Amazon) and my kids have never managed to do anything to them. I do really like covers that are fixed in place because it eliminates the possibility of someone forgetting to put the cover back in after they’re done using it and they snap into place if your toddler unplugs something when you’re not looking.

  • Reply January 29, 2011

    Jim

    FYI – if you have any receptacles replaced or new construction done the NEC (National Electrical Code) requires using tamper proof receptacles which have the protections already built in to help with babyproofing

  • Reply January 29, 2011

    Melissa

    GREAT idea! Is it really as easy to use as it looks? I don’t think I’ve found an outlet plug yet that’s easy to take out. This would be TOTALLY worththe $$

  • Reply January 31, 2011

    Kim

    We saw outlets (not covers) at Home Depot that actually don’t connect the circuit unless all three holes (2 prongs + the ground) were depressed simultaneously. You have to hire an electrician to install them (or know what you’re doing, turning off the circuits) but if we’d known about them we’d install those.

    -Kim.

  • Reply January 31, 2011

    Kim

    Here is a link:
    http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100666180/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

    It says it only needs the 2 regular prongs to work. The openings are closed (blocked) unless the two prongs push in at the same time.

    -Kim.

  • Reply March 14, 2014

    Stephanie

    I need advice on more advanced outlet covers…. my son is 2 1/2 and is a very smart child with autism. He can and has figured out flat outlet covers and the ones with the button that you push in. He also knows how to take the door knob covers off and to open child proof cupboards. Pretty much anything that he can watch you do, he can repeat it even if it takes some trial and error, he figures it out. Help please! I have a 7 month old son as well who will be crawling soon and I cant use theses baby proofing items to protect him because his brother removes them!

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