12 Tips on How to Baby Proof Your Home
Babies and toddlers can get into a lot of places you didn't think possible. Make sure you home is safe and sound for your little ones.
Nothing is cuter than a baby, and no one is more curious. Here are some straightforward baby-proofing tips to keep babies out of harm’s way as they grow and explore.
Turn for the Better
Babies’ toys often have knobs on them, which help with developing dexterity. But they also make turning any knobs available very tempting for little ones. Placing covers over oven/stove knobs reduces the risk of toddlers being able to grip, much less turn these knobs.
Inexpensive Fridge Hack
Little hands invading the fridge can be deterred with this clever trick: two sticky, non-permanent hooks and an elastic band. Place them higher on the refrigerator and the door will remain closed. Once you feel your child has a handle on fridge restraint – viola! It’s easy to remove the hooks.
Behind Closed Doors
Lower kitchen cabinet doors that house chemicals or off-limits kitchen wares should only be accessed by grown-ups or older kids. Cabinet safety latches are easily installed with a screwdriver, and will keep doors from being opened.
Keep Them Distracted
Brightly colored plastic bottles and containers that you deem safe can be kept in a bottom shelf or cabinet. This could keep baby engaged while meals are being prepared.
A Soft Landing
A clean carpet that is soft enough for babies to play on yet tough enough to withstand wear and tear from toddlers can be an invaluable addition to a baby-proofed nursery. A strong water and stain resistant underlayment may save money and frustration over the years.
Keeping toys and stuffed animals at baby’s level is a great way to keep them occupied with what’s theirs. Toys can stay organized in baskets to decrease clutter and help them learn how to put toys away. It’s a win-win!
Because outlets are down on baby's level, they become a tempting danger. To prevent this, place outlet covers, caps or plugs in all outlets not in use.
Keep it Light
Artwork hung above a crib should be lightweight, in case of earthquakes, or hanging hardware failure. There are many creative and unique DIY projects that are safe to hang in a nursery.
Hang Your Clothes Up
It’s better not to hang heavy items over the changing table either, especially once baby reaches the ‘grabbing’ phase. Instead of a leaving the wall blank, consider hanging a soft baby outfit on temporary hooks for a stylish, removable display.
Safe and Sound
Whether in earthquake country or not, you could consider removing the glass in front of any non-precious artwork in the nursery. You can also replace glass with Plexiglas at a local framing store. The artwork will be just as fun but without the risk of injury should it break.
Where Do You Think You're Going?
Keep kids, especially any tiny sleepwalkers, inside with doorknob covers. The cover aims for tamper-resistance by spinning when little hands try to grab them but adults can easily grip the cover properly and open the door. They can be easly removed when everyone in the house is okay to have access.
Soften the Sharp Edges
When little ones start to walk they often 'pull up' on furniture. Applying stick-on, removable corner cushions may help prevent bruises and bumps from furniture edges. And when they really start picking up speed, corner cushions can protect from run-ins with sharp corners.