How to Baby Proof Your House

Baby proofing your house is immensely important for the health and safety of your child. Luckily, it is relatively easy and inexpensive to do. I have put together an easy to follow list of products to help you baby proof your house. Additionally, a checklist can be found at the bottom of the article.

Stock image of a baby about to start walking on their own and reek havoc on their home. Hopefully, they already baby proofed! If not, this article is just what they need.

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Most products included in the article are products I have in my home. These are products that I purchased after reading countless reviews. I have also included some products that I don’t have, but would be useful in a different type of home than mine.

Huggies website states that “a 2018 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey found that there were nearly 23,000 emergency room visits for children 12 months and younger in a year in the United States due to accidents. Many such injuries are preventable with simple child safety measures”.

Before your baby can crawl it is easy to simply lay them on a blanket with some toys or set them in a pack n play. A pack n play or a large foldable play pen is still great to have even once they are walking, but they won’t be happy in it for long periods of time. Once those babies learn to move, they want to MOVE, so your house needs to be as safe as possible for them.

1. Gates

My 10 month old peering into the kitchen from behind a standard size Safety First gate.

The easiest way to keep a baby out of a room where there are too many hazards is to put up a gate. That was one of the first things we did when our first baby started to crawl. We put a Safety First gate between the dining room and the kitchen. We have the standard size between the kitchen and the dining room and the tall and wide size gate between the kitchen and the basement stairs.

We live in a 1950s bungalow so the dining room and kitchen are clearly separate. Many people live in homes with open floor plans. In that case, you may still need these type of gates for your stairs. An option for homes with open floor plans is a much wider gate that can block off a whole area of the house from another. If you don’t want to do that then read number 2 on the list which is cabinet and drawer locks.

2. Cabinet and drawer locks

Those little hands are ready to open and get into anything they can possibly reach once they become a certain age. My second is 10 months now and in the past 2 months he has went from not crawling to zooming around the living room, pulling up on everything, and standing with very little support. He is grabbing at everything that is within reach. If your little one has access to your kitchen or any cabinets or drawers within reach these magnetic locks are perfect for both. We use them on the dresser drawers and on the kitchen cabinet below the sink that has all the cleaning supplies in it.

If you don’t want to have to use these, then make sure all cleaning supplies and anything toxic or poisonous is up high out of baby’s reach or in a room they never go in. Additionally, if child has access to the kitchen make sure you have stove knob covers.

These latches are also good for cabinets, drawers, doors, toilets, fridge, or anything you need to keep closed. We use them on the cubbies and closets in our toddler’s room. We also use them on the sliding cubby doors on our entertainment stand, as well as the freezer. We even use them in our camper on the drawers and door.

3. Furniture Anchors!

Stock image of a child standing on a chair pulling on a piece of furniture that is hopefully anchored. Are those bottles of liquor within baby’s reach?

I should have listed this as number one because not having your furniture anchored can result in the most devastating event. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that “since 2000, there have been 581 tip-over fatalities involving furniture, TVs, or appliances, of which 472 were children (81%, ages 17 years and younger)”.

Top heavy furniture such as dressers, bookshelves, and entertainment centers should be anchored to the wall. This is especially important in children’s bedrooms when they transition from the crib to a bed and have unsupervised free range of the room for the first time. I recommend doing it to all pieces in any room the child spends time in because even if you are supervising it could happen before you have a chance to rescue them. The anchors are inexpensive and easy to install.

4. Outlet covers

Outlets covers are probably one of the most commonly used baby proofing products. A pack of these standard plastic outlet covers are inexpensive. Curious little fingers love to see if they can fit into any hole they see, so these are a must. Put them on all outlets within baby’s reach.

You are probably wondering what do you do if you need to actually use the outlet for a lamp or a baby monitor. These outlet covers/cord shorteners allow you to have something plugged in and the outlet still be covered. We use these in our toddler’s room to plug in the monitor and the hatch. The floor lamps in our living room are behind furniture.

5. Cord Covers

Cord covers are important. Cords are very inviting for babies and toddlers, but are a strangulation hazard. These cord covers will keep cords securely on the wall. You can even paint them to match the wall if aesthetics are important to you.

6. Door knob/handle locks

Sometimes instead of baby or toddler proofing a room it is best to keep them out of the room. (Or in when it comes to toddler proofing a bedroom). These door knob covers prevent a baby or toddler from turning the knob, but adults can figure it out. For doors with handles these handle stoppers work great.

For those with pets and babies this one is for you. Our cats’ food and water fountain is kept in my office so they need access to it at all times. At the same time, I had to keep my baby out of there. I tried a gate at first, but I felt bad that they had to jump over it to get to their food. I looked into gates with doors for pets, but it seemed like the baby would also be able to get through the opening. I considered cutting a hole in the door and then I found the perfect solution. The door buddy cat door latch was it. It keeps the door ajar enough for the cats to get through, but not the baby.

7. Floating Shelves

Sometimes there are things that you need out, but out of baby’s reach and the best place is a floating shelf. We use these in both our babies’ rooms to keep the monitors on.

8. Cordless Blinds

Cords on blinds can look very inviting to curious minds, but they are very dangerous. There have been occurrences of strangulation in children due to cord blinds. These inexpensive ones can be found at Home Depot. If you don’t want to replace all your blinds then you can get these Safety First blind cord wind ups.

9. Corner pads

When babies start to walk they are very wobbly which means they can easily get hurt if they fall into the corner of a piece of furniture. These corner pads will protect your baby should they fall or walk into a corner. We have these on our dining room table and entertainment stand. We actually got rid of our coffee table when our first baby started walking and purchased TV trays instead that can easily be put away when not needed. This gave him more room and eliminated the hazard.

10. Remove or lock away hazardous substances and items

Stock image of cleaning supplies

For more information check out this article on the Babylist website written by an ER doctor who has seen it all; Babylist: An ER Doctor’s Childproofing Checklist

Best Baby Products (list of all products mentioned in the article)

  1. Standard height/width gate
  2. Extra tall and wide gate
  3. Super wide gate
  4. Magnetic cabinet and drawer locks
  5. Stove knob covers
  6. Multiuse latches
  7. Furniture anchors
  8. Standard outlet covers
  9. Outlet cover/cord shortener
  10. Cord covers
  11. Door knob covers
  12. Door handle stoppers
  13. Door Buddy Cat Door Latch
  14. Floating shelf
  15. Cordless blinds
  16. Blind Cord Windups
  17. Corner pads

You can also visit the baby proofing section of my Amazon Storefront to find it all in one place!

Baby proofing checklist

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