How to Baby-Proof Your Home
While your home may be perfectly safe for adults and older children, there are so many aspects of a house that can be a safety hazard to a baby. Babies play with anything within their reach so here’s a list of things to do to help you make your home baby safe.
General Baby Proofing House Checklist:
All living areas have some child hazards that need to be addressed. Some rooms are best left as off-limits to your toddlers entirely, but that might not always be possible all of the time. It’s essential to properly baby proof, so be sure to give your home a thorough inspection and always have your eye on the lookout for anything suspicious that might be hazardous to your child.
Here are the things you’ll want to consider for your baby’s safety:
- Either replace all lower electrical outlets in with childproof outlets or use outlet covers. There are a variety of products you can use to select those that will work best for your baby’s safety in your home.
- Hide electrical cords using a hide-a-cord device or else tie-up long electrical cords.
- Cut or tie up the pull cords for your window treatments, so they are out of reach.
- Install safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs and in the doorways to any areas that need to be off-limits, like the laundry room.
- Check your bookcases, cabinets, and dressers so that they are sturdy and cannot be tipped over. You can fasten high bookcases and other tall pieces of furniture to the wall so they can’t pull them down.
- Install Child Proof safety latches on the lower cupboards and drawers.
- Check your doors and windows to be sure that they can be safely locked or closed. There are special covers that you can put over the round doorknobs to safely close those rooms you don’t want them going into, making it difficult for little ones to turn the knobs.
- Check your doorstops for removable caps that pose a choking hazard, and replace them with child-safe ones.
- Children will bang their heads on those hard corners and edges of your tables, so consider using the furniture corner and safety guards.
- Check every room for small objects that a baby could swallow; small decorative trinkets, easy to break ornaments, etc. and move them so they will be out of reach.
- Move your houseplants off the floor and relocate them somewhere higher. Some can be poisonous, like the Iris and Poinsettia.
Childproofing Home for Toddlers: Room Specific
As expected, the kitchen is one of the most hazardous rooms in your home for babies, and unfortunately, it’s one of the most frequently used places, too. When baby-proofing your kitchen, here are the things you’ll want to do:
- Keep cleaning products in a high cabinet rather than under the sink. If you put dangerous products under the sink, use a child-proof lock on the cabinet door.
- Don’t leave mouse or insect traps in places where your baby can reach them.
- Make sure the oven door is locked.
- Use back burners for cooking whenever possible and turn the handles of pots and pans toward the back of the stove.
- Avoid using magnets for anything on the refrigerator because they can fall and babies will put anything in their mouths!
From tubs and toilets full of water to potentially dangerous chemicals and medications, This room is one of the most dangerous rooms for babies. There are far too many ways for them to injure themselves. Fix the door so that your baby cannot get in when you are not there, either install a hook-and-eye lock high enough that they can’t reach it or put a childproof cover over the doorknob and keep it closed at all times.
Here are some of the hazards of your bathroom and what you can do to make it safe for your little one.
- Make sure there is no way your baby might accidentally lock themselves in the bathroom.
- Install toilet lid locks.
- Never leave water standing in the bathtub, sink, or even a bucket. Babies can drown in very little water.
- Keep your medications, vitamins, and cosmetics away from your baby’s reach.
- Adjust your water heater temperature to 120 ℉ to prevent scalding, if it is not already set to that temperature.
- Keep your bathroom cleaning supplies out of reach, locked in a cupboard, or placed on a high shelf.
- Use a Waterspout safety cover for the tub faucet.
You could be thinking, what would be hazardous inside a bedroom? But if you look closely, you’ll see that every corner of the room screams “danger!” The best suggestion would be to make some of these rooms off-limits to your toddlers entirely, but that might not be possible all of the time. If your baby wakes up in the middle of the night, they will probably end up in the bedroom with you.
Here are the things you’ll want to watch out for when it comes to baby-proofing your bedrooms.
- Toy chests should either be lidless or else the lids should stay up when opened. (All chests need to be safe for children so if you have one in your bedroom, consider turning it so that it cannot be opened by your little ones).
- Make sure older children’s toys are not within reach of younger children.
- Remove all unnecessary blankets or stuffed animals from your baby’s crib.
- Never place a crib near windows (or fans); use cordless blinds or cut blind cords in half to avoid strangulation.
- If using an old crib, check to make sure that it meets the current safety standards.
- Use baby-friendly paint when painting the nursery room of your baby. You can seek help and hire a professional painter to assist you with your baby’s needs. This professional knows what kind of paint they can use for the nursery and is safe for your baby.
There are a lot of things to be concerned about when baby-proofing your home, but as long as you go through the maximum effort to make sure everything is secure and safe, there should be no safety problems for you and your baby. Just use this as a guide!