Post # 1
Darling Husband and I have been looking at appliances we like and came across an electric stove we liked but had bottons on the front.
We wondered if this would be a danger to children possibly turning on the units?
Post # 3
Safer to have the controls on the back panel.
Post # 4
Meh – the house I grew up in had the buttons/dials on the front of the stove. My parents taught us not to mess with them and it was never an issue.
My cousins have a 4 year old and also have a stove with dials on the front. They’ve had it since he was born with no concerns.
While yes, it is safer to have them on the back panel, it wouldn’t be a dealbreaker for me buying a particular stove.
Post # 5
Some kids will listen to parents and not mess with the dials, others will not. I like having the dials on the back so I can remove them and clean the panel all at once.
Post # 6
I would only purchase a stove with the controls on the back panel, but I am neurotic about stuff like that!
Post # 7
Reading this had me worried because we’re looking into buying a house and the house we like has the knobs on the front. But while looking through a registry checklist, I saw that they actually have stove knob covers. I don’t know how well these work but I figured I’d suggest it.
Post # 8
Thank you for all your suggestions and opinions, bees.
Really appreciate it! 🙂
@mandb122: That’s a really neat idea, I should check in to that
Post # 9
There is also a plastic safety panel you can get (at Babies R Us) for the front of the stove – it is angled out so little ones can’t reach the knobs. My friend has one for her stove with her toddler and it works fine.
Post # 10
Like PP have said, I grew up in a house with a stove that had dials in the front, and my sister also have two little girls with the same type of stove. We never messed with the stove and my sister hasn’t had an issue either. I think it is just something to be a little more mindful about when you have little ones toddling around your kitchen.
Post # 11
My kitchen has only one entrance and it’s a small doorway, so I personally plan on putting a baby gate if/when we have a toddler running around. I wouldn’t want the baby in the kitchen anyway since there isn’t a ton of room adn I’d be worried about them being underfoot the entire time I was cooking. Also, you can only turn the oven on from the buttons in the back and my dials in the front for the stove burners you have to push in and turn which I would imagine would be pretty hard for a toddler to do in the first place.