How to Babyproof Metro Shelving

How to Babyproof Metro Shelving

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Carrie McBride
Jul 25, 2011

Q: We have some wire Metro Shelving in our kitchen. Our toddler is fascinated with them. We've anchored the shelves to the wall so he can't pull them over, and we've rearranged the contents so things he can reach are things we don't mind him playing with (Tupperware, etc). But he's getting taller, and soon he'll be able to reach the higher shelves. There is nothing dangerous on the higher shelves, but there are messy things I'd prefer he not play with (flour, pasta, other dry pantry goods, etc). (continued below...)

Sent by Siobhan

Our storage space is incredibly limited, so I can't just move the contents to other cabinets (the cabinets have locks and contain the actual breakable/dangerous things; we only have 2 cabinets in our kitchen, so decluttering isn't going to do it). I've checked the catalogs of several manufacturers and I can't find any accessories that will solve the problem for us. We give him lots of other toys when we are in the kitchen, but the things on these shelves seem to have a magic appeal. Wire shelves are pretty common, so I assume someone must have already solved this problem. Any ideas about how I can make these wire shelves less enticing? Or how I might be able to add some kind of simple doors? Any tips to making them more baby proofed?

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