Getting a home ready for a child shouldn’t be a stressful task. The easiest thing you could do is wrap your whole house in bubble wrap but that would get lots of side eye from your guests and you’d be known as that weird “bubble wrap” neighbor.
To avoid judgment, just make sure to follow these basic tips on how to baby proof your home and we assure you your home will become “baby-safe”.
Baby’s Point of View
If you’re trying to baby proof your home, try getting low to the ground on your baby’s eye level. Lie on the floor or crouch down – what do you see? What is within reach that you do not want your baby to access? What is high? What is low? What is sharp? What can you open and close? Remember that babies like to put things in their mouths, so if its the least bit unsafe? Move it!
In addition to attempting to view the room as your child sees it, check the following items.
Little ones can become very curious about the toilet! Buying a lock for the toilet will prevent your toddler from attempting to peek in the toilet, which can lead to them stumbling in the water head first.
Make sure you never leave your baby alone in the bathroom. Never position your baby within reach of the faucet. Cover the faucet head with a specially made soft cover, and lay down nonskid strips to help prevent your child from slipping.
Cabinet and Substance Safety
Every baby goes through a phase where they want to open every door they can get to! The best option is to purchase cabinets or cabinet locks that your baby cannot open. Cabinet latches are a very affordable option. If you are unable to purchase new equipment, make sure that all dangerous items are out of reach – up high or in locked storage.
Drapery, Blind cords and Outlets
Because drapery and cords for your blinds are low to the ground, your baby has easy access to these. To prevent safety issues such as choking, make sure that your cords are not low to the ground by safely tying them up out of reach.
Electrical outlets are also very easy to reach for babies and toddlers alike. While some of outlets outlets are behind heavy furniture or up high and inaccessible to your little one, the best course of action is to close all of them off with safety plugs or with safety covers that snap shut when the outlet is not in use. That way, even if you move your furniture later or temporarily, you do not have to worry about endangering your child.
Crib and Furniture Safety
As your baby grows and begins to pull himself up, there are new safety considerations regarding their crib. Moving the crib mattress to its lowest position can prevent your baby from falling from too high. Also, remember to remove all objects that he or she could climb up on to get out of the crib.
When a baby starts to crawl and climb stable wall units, dressers, bookcases or tables can become dangerous. They could topple over on babies who try to climb up on them. Make sure to have wobbly furniture repaired, or bolt questionable pieces to the wall.
Babies can bang into the pointed corners of coffee tables, end tables, and dressers. Cover these edges with cushioned strips or padded guards to protect your crawler.
Make sure that all stairs are blocked with doors and or gates that your baby cannot open.
For all of your windows, install window guards or secure windows so they can’t be opened more than three inches. Make sure to move all potential “climbing” furniture away from windows so babies and toddlers cannot easily reach.
All these tips can make a home safer for a baby but the best protection you can give them is constant observation. Once you’ve made your home safe, and made yourself aware of the risks to your child, it’s important to just relax and let your little one explore.