8 Baby Proofing Tips For Your Home

by | January 21, 2019

As your baby grows and starts to explore your apartment, you’ll need to start thinking about child safety. There are multiple hazards in homes for babies who are learning to crawl, and later as they become toddlers. Baby proofing is the best way to ensure your child stays safe.

Knowing that your home is baby proofed will give you peace of mind and allow your child to become more confident in their surroundings. After all, you don’t want to be continually on the lookout for what your baby is up to or forever saying “don’t touch that!”

8 Baby Proofing Tips For Your Home

Follow our 8 baby proofing tips for your home so you can be prepared before they start to explore.

1. Get a baby’s perspective

A baby crawling around on your apartment floor will have a much different view from yours. The best way to see small objects is to take a moment to get down on all fours and do some crawling yourself. You may be surprised at all the things you’ll spot that are potential hazards for your child.

Note any unused electrical outlets as you’ll need to get covers for them. TV and computer wires will also need to be hidden as these can be chewed causing an electrical shock.

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2. Make furniture safe

Sharp corners on furniture need to be covered to protect your baby from knocking their head. There are lots of baby proofing products available for child safety, like these edge safety bumpers on Amazon. Another option is to swap out square furniture for ones with rounded edges.

You also need to make sure that your large furniture is securely fastened to the wall. Babies learning to walk will try to pull themselves up on and there’s a risk heavy furniture may topple over. This goes for TVs as well.

3. Fit baby locks to cabinets

Make a note of all the cabinets that your baby can reach around the house and order some cabinet locks to secure them. The most important cabinets to consider locking are in the kitchen which has sharp knives, cleaning products, and a myriad of other hazards you’ll want to keep inquisitive fingers away from.

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4. Close bathroom doors

The next most dangerous place for babies to explore is the bathroom. With cleaning products, faucets, cosmetics, and the toilet bowl… all potential hazards. In addition to installing baby locks on cabinets, get into the habit of keeping the bathroom door closed so your child can’t access this room.

5. Find new homes for objects

With fragile objects like vases, glassware, ceramics, and artwork that will need to be placed out of reach or moved into storage, your living room is also another place that will need baby proofing. Also take note of curtain cords, as these are a choking hazard and need to be secured high up so they’re not able to be pulled or climbed.

6. Buy a baby gate

If you’re worried you’ll forget to close doors, or if you have a flight of stairs in your home, a baby gate is a good investment. A plastic or metal baby gate (or two) with solid panels will keep your child contained within a certain area so they don’t go roaming.

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7. Hide everything they might ingest

Babies aren’t discerning about what they put in their mouths. Some things to be aware of that your child might ingest:

  • jewelry
  • small toys
  • medications
  • vitamins
  • potted plants and dirt
  • cleaners
  • laundry soap
  • dishwashing tablets
  • paint
  • nails and screws
  • pet food
  • alcohol

When in doubt, always store these items in a high locked cabinet.

8. Make windows safe

You might not think your baby can open the window, but they’re clever little creatures. No matter what floor you live on, always make sure windows have secure catches that don’t allow them to open very far. Place your baby’s crib away from the window and move any furniture that could be climbed on.

As you can see, baby proofing a house isn’t the easiest of tasks. But by taking the time to make your baby’s environment less dangerous from top to bottom, you’re not only reducing the risk of them getting injured, but also making life easier for yourself.

You may also want to think about some general safety features for your home if you’re going to be spending a lot of time there alone with your baby.

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Angela Pearse

Angela Pearse is a blogger for Zumper who frequently combines travel with freelance writing. She’s passionate about Art Deco hotels, historical novels, Netflix, hiking and healthy living.

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