Babyproofing your home can feel like an overwhelming task. Parents may overlook areas in their home that need to be childproof simply because their level of vision is much higher than that of a crawling or walking child. When babies are able to crawl or pull themselves up, their curious hands are into everything they can grab. Below are some tips and ideas to help you get started babyproofing your home and some areas in your home you may consider babyproofing.
Make a List
Before you start babyproofing your home, make a list of areas or things that will need to be rearranged or covered. Making a list will help keep track of the danger areas and save you from forgetting.
Drawer locks, cabinet locks, outlet plug covers, baby gates, and corner guards. Many of these items can be inexpensive and can be found at your local hardware or superstore such as Home Depot or Walmart.
Whenever you are cooking, be sure to check that you place knives and other utensils out of reach. You may want to use the back burners only so that your baby will not burn their hands or grab the pots and pans you may be using.
Cabinets and Drawers
If it can be opened, your baby will open it. Make sure lower level cabinets are free from kitchenware that is breakable, has small parts, or sharp. This could be items such as a glass measuring cup or a food processor blade. Or, make sure your cleaning supplies are removed from under the kitchen sink and stored in a higher cabinet that only you can access.
If there are any drawers your baby can open, make sure the items in the drawer are not harmful. Your baby may also use drawers to help them climb. To give you peace of mind, make sure all furniture is secured to the wall to prevent the furniture from falling on your child. If you have a cabinet or drawer that you do not want your baby to have access to, you can use locks to prevent your baby from opening it.
When your baby can pull themselves up or crawl, it is time to lower the crib to its lowest setting. Remove anything that you think your baby may use to help them climb out of their crib. This could be items such as crib toys or crib bumpers. Babies can suffer serious injuries if they successfully climb their way to fall out of their crib.
If your family has pets, make sure their food and water are put in a place your baby cannot access. Keep the cat’s litter box in an area your baby cannot access as well.
Small parts, toys, or little fingers may find their way to an electrical outlet. To prevent a fatal accident, use outlet plug covers to keep your baby safe.
If your home has stairs, consider getting a baby gate to prevent them from taking a tumble down the stairs. Serious injuries can come from falling down the stairs, and a baby gate can give you an extra layer of security in your home.
Babies are likely to bang their head against the edges of coffee tables, dining tables, dressers, counters, and more. Prevent this from hurting your baby by using corner guards or padding to cushion their head.
As always, let your baby explore, get into things, and make messes as this is how they learn and grow. However, be cognizant or aware of your baby’s surroundings and keep a close eye on them. It is a good idea to keep emergency phone numbers in a place you can locate quickly and efficiently.