Keep Kids and Medicines Safe
- What: Locking medicine box
- When: Six months and up
- Why: Keep kids safe from overdoses
- Where: Amazon
I’m one of those people – the ones who always use the safety strap provided on the changing table, and in the high chair, and install safety outlet covers before my first child arrives. So I fretted long and hard about the medication in our house getting accidentally consumed by kids, until I discovered the lockable medicine cabinet.
When my first child came along, we had only one bathroom, and I debated about where to store our over-the-counter medicine. It turns out, after you have kids, you come home with what feels like an entire pharmacy of prescriptions. Luckily for me, I used almost all of those up well before my infant even though about rolling over, much less walking. But as any parent knows, having pain relief on hand can make a difference in your day. So instead of fretting, I invested in a lock box.
It fit inside my vintage (and I don’t mean that in a nice way) medicine cabinet with ease. It holds lots of bottles of infant medicines, and a couple of the bigger kid-sized bottles. If you need a place to store prescription vials, it will hold plenty – maybe as many as twelve of fifteen, I’ve never tried a lot at once. Instead, I’ve kept only what I needed handy (ibuprofen, acetaminophen) in smaller containers that fit easily and don’t have too many pills in them even in the worst case. I refill my smaller boxes from larger bottles stored elsewhere. I also kept the brightly colored candy flavored kids medicine in there. Once my kids took some, they would concoct almost any excuse to take some more, so I wanted that stuff under lock and key.
Speaking of keys, the cabinet comes with two keys. I’ve never separated mine, though I probably should. Instead, I stuck both on top of the windowsill nearby, which is a place I can reach by stretching on my tiptoes but that I don’t require any sort of step stool to access.
For everything else, I’m a firm believer in Tot Loks and their magic magnets. But for my medicine cabinet (which would be difficult to install a Tot Lok not only because it already uses magnetic closures but also because of the mirrored glass on one side), I wanted the extra layer of security that for me, comes with a key.