Whether your family has a new arrival on the way or you’re babysitting a small visitor for the day here are 10 easy baby-proofing tips to make your home baby-friendly!
1. Plug Electrical Outlets
Keep little ones from sticking their fingers near electrical outlets by plugging up them with plastic outlet covers. Or if you prefer a safer option, you can replace your current electrical plates with spring-loaded outlet covers. You can even arrange furniture in front of outlets to diminish the little one’s temptation to stick his or her finger in those dangerous holes in the wall.
2. Barricade the Stairs
Stairs can be very dangerous for babies that can crawl or walk. Install baby gates at the top of staircases to prevent your mobile baby from tumbling down them. If you want to be extra pre-cautious, you can even put baby gates at the bottom of a staircase to prevent babies from climbing up stairs as well.
3. Relocate Plants and Planters
Move any houseplants up high or in an off-limits room to keep little ones from nibbling on those tasty looking plants. Even though most houseplants are harmless, some are poisonous when eaten. Just relocate plants for the time being until your baby is old enough to understand they shouldn’t eat plants.
4. Stabilize Your Furniture
Babies use furniture for support when they are learning to walk. To keep your little one safe, stabilize heavy pieces of furniture from toppling over with furniture straps or brackets.
5. Lock Up Your Cabinets
Keep you baby out of places they shouldn’t be with cabinet locks. Once babies are mobile they will show their amazing ability to open drawers and cabinets. To keep them from emptying your cabinets use cabinet locks to your advantage.
6. Lock Up Hazardous Products
Along with keeping your little one out of the cabinets you’ll want to keep them away from hazardous products as well. Relocate all these items to out of reach areas to keep your baby safe. Or if you can’t move these items secure them in a locked cabinet.
7. Cover Up Cords
Cords are a serious danger to babies. Babies can get tangled up in them and choke or even chew on them and get hurt. It’s best to remove or cover up any electrical cords that are in your baby’s reach. The same goes for hanging mobiles above their cribs. If you little one can sit up it’s time to remove the mobile.
8. Ban Small Toys
If you have an older child you might want to teach them to keep their small toys away from the baby. These toys can become choking hazards, so ban them to one off-limit space.
9. Soften Sharp Edges
If a little one is beginning to walk or use furniture to pull themselves up, you’ll want to go around the house and soften any sharp edges on furniture. Apply stick-on, removable corner cushions to prevent any bumps or bruises.
10. Baby-proof Yourself
Don’t forget to baby-proof yourself while taking care of a little one. Babies go through a grabby phase, so anything in his or her reach is fair game. You’ll have to change your habits for a little while, but it will keep your baby safe while they outgrow the grabby phase. Set glasses, dinner plates, silverware, and cell phones far back on counters and tables. Don’t wear dangly earrings or necklaces. Just make sure to keep things out of their reach so they don’t end up hurting themselves or you!