15 TIPS TO BABYPROOFING YOUR HOME
Babyproofing your home can sometimes seem like an overwhelming endeavor. And while it’s true that the process can be time- consuming and even a little expensive, it shouldn’t be something to cause you additional stress.
We’ve compiled a list of babyproofing tips to help get you started. We divided the list into three focus areas: the bathroom, living room, and kitchen. We hope these tips will help you babyproof your house as quickly and efficiently as possible so you can get back to doing what’s most important right now- loving on your new baby!
Read on to learn how you can start babyproofing your home today.
The bathroom is a dangerous room for any baby. It’s always important to be focused and alert whenever your baby is around water. Here are some additional tips to babyproofing your bathroom:
1. TURN DOWN THE WATER TEMPERATURE
Babies shouldn’t be exposed to extremely hot water. Most people know this, but it can be easy to overlook when you’re running a bath while simultaneously chasing your little one around the bedroom. That’s why it’s important to adjust the thermostat on your water heater as a backup precaution. This will also come in handy once your baby learns how to turn the faucet on and off. Lowering the water temperature will help your baby stay safe and avoid burn injuries.
2. INSTALL DOORKNOB COVERS
This ingenious device will prevent kids from going into rooms without you. This is great for a variety of areas in your home, but is especially important for the bathroom where they could be exposed to water or sharp objects like razors. Your baby might not be old enough to open a door just yet, but they will be soon enough. Take the time to install these doorknob covers now before you truly need them.
3. PURCHASE A SLIP-RESISTANT MAT FOR THE TUB
When babies are finally big enough to break out of the baby tub, they are going to need a slip-resistant mat before they’re able to safely enjoy a normal size bathtub. Wet babies tend to be incredibly slippery. Combine that with an insatiable curiosity and newfound crawling skills, and you have a recipe for lots of slips and slides in the bathtub. This mat will keep your little one safe and secure.
4. ATTACH A SOFT COVER TO THE SPOUT
As babies grow, they become more and more fascinated with objects, especially things that might hurt them. The bathtub faucet is a prime example. This cover will allow your baby to explore freely without you having to worry about the sharp edges.
5. BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR TRASH
It’s easy to overlook the trashcan in your bathroom, but this can be a potential safety hazard for your baby. Do not put razors or any potentially dangerous objects in your trashcan, especially if it is on the ground level. To be safe, move it out of your baby’s reach for the time being.
The living room is likely where you and your family spend most of your time. Read on to learn how you can create the safest possible living space for your baby.
1. SECURE ALL FURNITURE
Babies like to explore and pull up on all kinds of furniture. Make sure everything is as secure as possible. There are anchors that allow you to attach your furniture to the floor to prevent a possible fall. This is especially important for bookcases, foyer tables, and TV stands. Keep your furniture secure so that your baby can explore safely.
2. USE OUTLET COVERS
Outlet covers are an essential item for baby proofing. These are necessary throughout your house, but especially important in the room where your baby will be spending the most time. Install them ASAP, even if your baby is not yet exploring. Get a head start on this since it is so important. While you’re at it, double check the cords for your appliances. Make sure nothing is dangerous and in reach for your baby to pull or chew on.
3. WATCH OUT FOR PET FOOD
If you have a dog or cat, keep a close eye on their food. Babies tend to be very drawn to the food and water bowl. Unfortunately, most kibble is exactly the right size for a baby to choke on. Keep these items up and away throughout the day, and monitor your baby closely when it is available.
4. INSTALL PINCH GUARDS ON DOORS
Baby fingers are always finding their way into something, but you don’t want it to be a door jam. Installing pinch guards on the doors will put your mind at ease without you having to constantly hover over your baby. It’ll also prevent them from slamming doors or from getting locked in a room.
5. CONTINUOUSLY CHECK FOR CHOKING HAZARDS
Take some time to check the floors and surfaces for any potential choking hazards. Small toys from older children, coins, buttons, and beads are all prime suspects. Most babies will put ANYTHING in their mouths, so it’s important that you keep the floors as clean as possible. You’d be shocked by how many choking hazards seem to make their way into your house!
The kitchen is another dangerous place for a baby. Complete with hot surfaces, cooking utensils, and dangerous chemicals, it’s important to baby proof this room to the best of your ability.
1. INSTALL CHILDPROOF LOCKS ON ALL CABINETS
Put childproof locks on every cabinet or drawer you don’t want your little one getting into. Once you secure potentially dangerous items, you can relax knowing your little one can’t get into anything too harmful.
2. MOVE ANY TOXIC MATERIALS
Store all dishwasher detergent, soap, and cleaning supplies out of your baby’s reach. Do not preload your dishwasher with detergent ahead of time. These items can be toxic if consumed by your baby, so get them as far away from their hands as possible.
3. MOVE ANY SHARP OBJECTS
Obviously, you want to keep all knives, pots and pans, and dangerous objects away from your baby. But don’t forget to consider less threatening objects that could still pose a threat, like a cheese grater or the side of an aluminum foil box. Make sure all of these items are kept away from your baby or put behind a childproof lock.
4. DO NOT LEAVE BEVERAGES UNATTENDED
It’s all too easy for a baby to knock over a glass. Keep an eye on beverages at all times, especially if they are hot. Be careful of placing drinks on a table with a tablecloth. Your baby might surprise you and pull the whole thing down!
5. COOK USING THE BACK BURNER
Take extra precaution when using the stove and oven. Cook on the back burners to reduce the risk of an accident and your baby getting hurt. Keep all pot handles pointed away. Don’t let boiling water get out of control. It’s important to cook extremely safely when a baby is around.
By following the above babyproofing tips, you’ll keep your baby as safe and secure as possible. Looking for additional ways to keep your loved ones safe? Consider purchasing a home security system. This is the best way to protect the ones you love the most.
Good luck tackling your babyproofing list, and congratulations on your new bundle of joy!