Unsolicited Review: Thanks for Nothing Safety 1st!

If you follow my blog, you know that from time to time I like to post unsolicited reviews to give you the 411 on the baby products that I am using. I manage to always do my research before I purchase something because I don't want to throw my money away (I don't have enough for that... yet).

But every now and then a product comes along that sucks! And today's lucky winner is Safety 1st Adjustable Safety Strap!

This product seemed like a great alternative to a standard drawer latch because it didn't require drilling. We have an Ikea dresser in Sophia's room that also doubles as her changing table and the last thing you want to do is drill into Ikea furniture for fear it might break. If you've ever had Ikea furniture, you know what I'm talking about.

So we opted to purchase the Safety 1st Adjustable Safety Strap. It was easy to install and worked very well for the first week. And then the straps started to unstick.

The straps come with double sided tape that stick really well to the furniture. You can't get that sucker off for anything in the world! However, the same cannot be said for the actual strap itself. The double sided tape keeps coming off the strap!

So I am left with no choice but to dump these (and leave the double sided tape as decorative elements on the front of the drawers since it won't come off!) and buy the standard latches and drill them in.

Thanks for NOTHING Safety 1st!

this is what it's suppossed to look like... yeah, right (liars)!


  1. I agree those things are a joke. So are the fridge locks. I asked for my money back and they ignored me.

  2. Glad I am past that stage, just looking for places to hide the car keys :)

  3. Oh, thanks for the review! I'm sorry you got a product that sucks!

  4. Tina - So you got duped into buying these too?! Guess I won't even waste my time trying to get my money back...

    Vodka Logic - hiding the car key huh? i am dreading that phase!

    Beth - thanks for your comment. word from the not so wise, don't buy this!

  5. So glad I read your post, I will not be buying this product!

  6. I must be the WORST parent EVER. With two kids, one 18 months and the other 3 1/2 we never baby proofed, except for a baby gate at the top of our steep stairs and outlet covers. They're still alive...

    As a side note I have found some of the Safety 1st products actually work like Safety 302nd products...


  7. One Chic Mommy - I'm glad I was able to help! If I can prevent just one person from making the mistake that I made, my work is done!

    Amanda- Sophia thinks opening drawers and getting in them is fun! Surprisingly, completely unphased by outlets... Go figure!

  8. I am with you! Supposedly great for the lazy susans. It isn't. It is already off, after my son almost ate some red pepper. sigh. Don't they put these in real households first?

  9. I love this line "But every now and then a product comes along that sucks! And today's lucky winner is..."

    It's awesome that you write about products you DON'T like so that hopefully other people can avoid them. We went with the traditional latches but I had thought about getting these because they seemed like a good alternative. Glad I didn't!

    (By the way, Ikea. Yeah. Love their furniture. But wish it didn't seem like it was made out of some cardboard/wood mixture.)

  10. Thanks for the tip! I am trying to install the little safety strap that is included with the IKEA furniture I bought. I do not understand the image they provided. Anybody have any tips? I used a hollow wall anchor to affix the strap to my wall. But now I am trying to use the screw and washer to attach to the furniture an dit is tricky because I don't have enough space to us my screw driver. Help!

  11. Thanks for the tip. We bought some of the cupboard door latches only to find that they way our cupboards are designed we can't use them.

    To remove the tape adhesieve try putting a little mayo on it letting it set for awhile and rubbing off with a soft cloth. Seen the tip on a cleaning show on TV, I haven't had to use it yet but they said it's a great way to remove adhiesive without damaging woods/paint. If you do try it I would love to know if it works.

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