Tips for Babyproofing Your Home

When the littlest member of your family gets close to becoming mobile, it’s time to baby-proof. Some people might enlist the help of a professional, but many take on the task themselves. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer then below are some tasks to get you started!

  • Place baby gates at the top and bottom of stairs.

  • Cover all sharp corners of furniture, counters, and cabinets with bumpers or padding.

  • Insert safety plugs in all outlets or switch over to self-closing outlet covers.

  • Install blind cord wraps next to any windows with dangling cords.

  • Add safety locks to all toilets. Lock cabinets and drawers in the bathrooms and kitchen.

  • Secure furniture that can easily tip over, like bookshelves, TV stands, end tables, and sets of drawers, by anchoring them to the wall.

  • Add pinch guards on the side of the doors.

  • Install doorknob or lever covers.

  • Cover stove knobs and install an oven door lock.

  • Purchase garbage cans with lids that lock.

  • Mount your TVs on the wall and tuck away any loose cords.

  • Set the water heater to no higher than 120 degrees to avoid scalding.

  • Put window guards on screens.

  • Hire someone to install a gate to enclose the pool, if applicable.

  • Place any chemical products, like antifreeze and pesticide, on a high shelf in the garage.

  • Lock away tools in a cabinet.

  • Use cord holders to fasten cords to walls or hide them with a cover.

Although it takes a little time and work upfront, baby proofing properly will give you peace of mind and assurance that your little one will be protected from unintentional injuries in your home.