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Baby proofing your home is important because you will want to keep dangers out of the baby’s mouth and hands. We didn’t baby proof our home until our baby was more mobile and could easily grasp small objects. Once this happens, babies are at a point where they put things in their mouths a lot, which can be very dangerous. This could mean poisonous chemicals or small objects that the baby could choke on. You don’t want to go overboard with baby proofing (I really would have felt better if my child had a helmet and knee pads, but that would have been way overboard! Lol), but it is something that should be done with care.
Thus, I have compiled a list of must-haves for baby proofing. Happy baby proofing!!
1. Get down on the baby’s level and look for objects. This was probably the best piece of advice I got. And what this meant for us is to clean by moving furniture, sweeping, and picking up objects. To be on the safe side, since we had carpet, we also got our carpet’s cleaned, which should have also helped suction up anything remaining.
2.Baby gates and playpens. This was another go-to item for us. We tended to use the playpens more because they can easily block the baby out of areas (whereas our walls and doorways weren’t as conducive to baby gates). We used a playpen like this one:
Honestly, my baby didn’t like being confined in the playpen itself. However, we unhooked part of the playpen and leaned it against electronics and cords (TV, tv stand, plugs), so she couldn’t get into that. We also used it to block her from going into our kitchen. This worked wonders for us until she figured out how to get through it. At that point, we had to keep more of a watch on her.
If you do have stairs, put baby gates at the top and bottom of the stairs.
3.Outlet plug covers. This was another item we used. Of course, this prevented her from sticking things into plugs that shouldn’t be there. Here’s what we used:
4. Keep all chemicals out of reach. We had to clean everything out from under our kitchen sink because this was where we kept all of our cleaning supplies. We put most of these up on a high shelf or in the garage out of reach.
5.Baby proof sharp or hard edges. If you have coffee tables or fireplaces that your baby can hit their head-on, I would suggest using these:
We had a hard coffee table, and we definitely should have used this! Our baby banged her head on it a few times. Another cheap option is to actually use pool noodles, cut then, and then attach them to corners and edges.
6.Child Proof doorknobs. These can help keep children out of dangerous rooms. Here’s an example of what you might consider for this:
7.Stove knob covers. These are a must-have if your child can easily reach the knobs on the stove. Here are some covers:
8.Magnetic Cabinet Locks. Here’s an example:
These are great because they don’t damage the furniture. Also, they are invisible, in that you don’t seem them on the outside of your cabinets.
These cabinet locks keep the baby away from anything sharp (knives, cooking utensils, etc.), as well as chemicals.
9.Anti-tip straps for furniture. These can be used to prevent bookcases, TVs, dressers, and cabinets from tipping over and injuring your child. Here’s an example:
10.Powerstrip covers. This can help keep the baby away from the plugs and cords in your powerstrip. Here’s an example of a product:
11. Hide the cords from window blinds. Babies can get strangled by these, so be sure these are out of reach.
12. Be careful about any toys that can pose a choking hazard, so check for small parts.
13. You can also buy toilet seat locks. We didn’t wind up doing this, but our baby did decide on occasion to throw whole rolls of toilet paper in the toilet, so this would have prevented it!
14. If your house had stairs and banisters, consider this product:
This should prevent your baby from getting stuck between the banisters in any way.
15. Remove any poisonous plants that the baby can get their hands on and potentially chew.
For more great ideas and tips on baby proofing your home, click here.
For a more comprehensive guide on baby proofing your house room by room, see this excellent source: Baby Proofing Guide.
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