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.