I think I have become well-versed in baby-proofing anything, but every once in a while something that seems like it should be really simple stumps me.
This time it's an older dishwasher in the new house: the catch is that the dishwasher has a dial that is set into the front of the door. I am trying to figure out how to keep the two-year old from turning the dial and thus starting the dishwasher!
I know how to keep the door closed with a latch (basic stuff at this point), but I can't keep him from turning the dial/knob and starting it.
--If I keep the door closed but not latched, he can turn the knob and it won't run, but the little bugger knows that if he pushes on the door a little bit, then it will latch and turn on.
--I thought that maybe I could unplug the dishwasher between uses, but I can't find where it is plugged in (I suspect it is plugged in downstairs, but I can't find the power, so maybe it is hardwired as is the garbage disposal--house was built in '39, before codes were written, so who knows where they ran the plug for the thing).
--It's a galley kitchen, so there is nowhere to install baby gates to keep him out of the kitchen. Besides, the rest of the kitchen is baby-proofed just fine, except the dishwasher knob.
--Everyone responding to queries via Google say to use stove knob covers, but the dishwaser dial is recessed, so that won't work. The dial also won't come off, so I can't remove it between uses.
--The kid understands "No!", but, uh, he's almost two...only those who have had exceptionally curious two-year-olds would understand that comprehending an authoritative "no" isn't any more reasonable than a cat trying to skydive.
So, any ideas of how to cover the knob? It seems that more modern dishwashers have buttons and "child lock-out" features, but our dishwasher has to be from 1965 with the mint green interior and all.