Baby Proofing your house can feel like an overwhelming task especially during the exhausting months of pregnancy and caring for a newborn. We want to help you by sharing some of the most important things to look out for concerning baby safety in each room! We will also point out some of the baby safety products you may need to purchase. Bringing home a new bundle of joy makes the world instantly seem much scarier. Knowing that your home is a safe place will give you more time to relax and enjoy those fleeting baby days!
- Baby gates are one of the first products that come to mind when people think about baby proofing and they are so important to have! Make sure baby gates are installed at the top and bottom of any stairs in the house. Baby gates can also be used to block off any rooms that you don’t want your baby to get to without a present adult.
- Baby proofing doors protect little fingers from getting pinched! These door stoppers will keep the door open and can be easily hung on the back of the door when not in use. You may also want to use a cover to baby proof the door knob from being opened once it is closed.
- Make sure all electrical outlets are covered. Babies are curious and always putting their fingers into everything! We like these outlet covers because they screw on and therefore don’t pose a choking hazard like some that can be pulled out.
- Blind cords are a strangulation hazard. Keep blind cords up high and out of reach. Use a cord winder to keep them wrapped up.
- Baby proofing cabinets iis one of the major jobs you will need to tackle in the kitchen. Install childproof cabinet locks on all kitchen cabinets and drawers. Some parents like to keep one cabinet unlocked and filled with a few plastic bowls or pots and pans so that baby can have fun exploring a safe cabinet in the kitchen while mom and dad cook!
- Make sure that all chemicals and hazardous products are locked up in a baby proof cabinet and kept up high. Extra precaution is always a good idea when dealing with poisonous materials. Be sure to do this in the laundry room and garage as well.
- Also use child safety latches on the dishwasher, stove and refrigerator. The dishwasher is often forgotten as a hazard but remember that it gives baby access to detergent as well as sharp knives and breakables! These magnetic cabinet locks are perfect for all three of these and can be used for cabinets as well.
- Keep appliances near the back of the counter space and remember to wrap up any cords so that they are out of reach. A dangling cord looks like fun to a curious baby and they could pull something heavy down on themselves.
- Use corner bumpers on any sharp corners that could be at baby’s level. Coffee tables and fireplaces are big ones to look out for!
- If your flat screen TV is on a piece of furniture, make sure to secure it to the wall with a TV strap. This keeps baby from pulling the TV down on themselves. While you are at it, look around for any other heavy items such as lamps and reconsider where you could locate them higher and out of reach!
- Keep anything with batteries up high or locked up in a baby proof cabinet! Remote controls may seem like a harmless item for baby to play with but the batteries inside are a huge hazard!
- Check to see if any of your house plants are poisonous. Keep in mind that even if the plant is safe, your little one will probably want to dig into the dirt like a sandbox so you might need to reevaluate where you keep them!
- It’s time to pull out those cabinet safety locks again! Lock up all bathroom cabinets and drawers. These safety latches are some of the easiest to install because they don’t require any tools and stick right on!
- Keep any medicines and chemicals up high and locked up with child safety latches! Be sure to look through any bathroom or hall closets and move anything hazardous behind baby proof cabinet locks instead!
- Use a spout protector in the bathtub to protect baby’s head from bumps. It’s also a good idea to have a non-slip mat in the tub to avoid slips and falls.
- Install a toilet lock to keep baby out of the toilet water. Always keep the lid down and secured.
Baby’s Room & Bedrooms
- All dressers and bookcases, as well as any other tall, heavy furniture, should be anchored to the wall with furniture straps. Dressers become a hazard when children pull out several of the drawers causing the dresser to tip over. Bookcases can look like a fun jungle gym to climb for a baby!
- Purchase a new crib that meets current child safety standards. Cribs with drop down sides are now banned from being made. Make sure that the gaps between the slats are spaced correctly. (If you can slide a soda can between the slats, they are too far apart!)
- Don’t keep stuffed animals or pillows in baby’s bed. They pose a suffocation risk. Make sure the crib sheet is tight and fits correctly.
- Don’t hang any picture frames above the changing table or crib since they could fall and injure the baby. If you use a mobile, make sure it is out of reach of baby’s hands.
Hopefully, this Ultimate Baby Proofing Guide has made you feel a little more at ease as you
tackle preparing your house for your new baby. Be sure to check out our products page to see all the awesome baby proofing products that we offer!
Happy Baby Proofing!