How Do I baby-proof my home?

close up of baby face. Stop signs
Closeup of Babie’s face.

Even though our three boys are no longer toddlers, we have had a lot of experience in baby proofing our home throughout the years. Covering outlets, furniture with sharp edges, blocking stairs and doorways, and making sure bathroom and kitchen items are safely stored away are the main items you want to focus on. Baby-proofing your home is essential to create a safe environment for your little one as they start exploring their surroundings. You don’t want to restrict them too much and confine them into a playpen, it is important for them to explore on their own. If you are a new parent, here are some key areas and items to consider when baby-proofing your home while still allowing them to be little explorers.

  1. Electrical Outlets and Cords. This really is a no brainer!
    • Outlet covers: Install outlet covers or plug protectors to prevent your baby from inserting their fingers or objects into electrical outlets.
    • Cord management: Keep electrical cords out of reach or use cord organizers to prevent your baby from pulling on them. This works really well if you have pets too.
    • baby with outlet
  2. Furniture and Sharp Edges. Your baby will have many bumps on their head as they grow up. It’s why they are so resilient! But some sharp edges can be more dangerous than others.
    • Corner Guards: Use corner guards or edge protectors on furniture with sharp edges to minimize the risk of injury. Metal edges are especially dangerous.
    • Anchoring furniture: Secure heavy furniture, such as bookshelves or TV stands, to the wall to prevent tipping. This I cannot emphasize enough. You would be surprised at what children can climb onto.
  3. Cabinets and Drawers:
    • Cabinet locks and latches: Install childproof locks or latches on cabinets and drawers to keep hazardous items, such as cleaning supplies or sharp objects, out of reach.
  4. Stairs and Doors:
    • Stair gates: Install sturdy safety gates at the top and bottom of staircases to prevent falls.
    • Door stoppers: Use door stoppers or door finger guards to prevent doors from slamming on little fingers. I always keep a few of these around. They are very useful, especially on heavy doors that tend to shut on their own.
  5. Window Safety:
    • Window guards: Install window guards or window stops to prevent your child from falling out or getting caught in window openings. They make some that have a key so only you can open the window.
    • Cordless blinds or cord holders: Use cordless blinds or secure cords with cord holders to eliminate the risk of strangulation or pulling. There are plenty of options that you can find on Amazon for example. Chords and children are never a good idea since they like to pull and tug. (Moms, are you remembering your long hair being pulled hard and mercilessly the last time your little one was feeding? You get me…)
    • Child pulling mom's hair
  6. Kitchen Safety:
    • Stove guards: Install stove guards to prevent your child from touching hot surfaces or pulling down pots and pans.
    • Safety locks for appliances: Use safety locks or appliance covers to keep your child away from ovens, refrigerators, and other potentially dangerous appliances.
  7. Bathroom Safety:
    • Toilet locks: Install toilet locks to prevent your child from accessing the toilet or falling into it, or their brother’s Pokemon Card collection. You’ll never hear the end of it!
    • Anti-slip mats: Place anti-slip mats or adhesive strips in the bathtub or shower to prevent slips and falls.
  8. Small Items:
    • Small object hazards: Remove small objects, choking hazards, or breakable items from accessible areas. Little ones explore everything with their mouth, no matter how bad it tastes, chances are it will make it into their mouth.
    • little girl eating a crayon

It’s important to regularly reassess and update your baby-proofing measures as your child grows and develops new abilities. Always supervise your child closely, as no baby-proofing method can replace attentive care and supervision.

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