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How To Babyproof Your Home

Updated on March 10, 2014
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Exploring Their World

Once baby starts to crawl, you’re in for a lot of fun and surprises. From baby’s first steps to baby’s first climb, you’re going to have many moments of joy in your future. But with baby’s new mobility, there’s also a new sense of dread. How will you protect baby from bumping her head and touching things she’s not supposed to? Not to worry. With some advance planning, you can make your home a safe place for baby to explore.

Don't have a baby? Well then you're probably tuning in because you know someone who is having one, or maybe they already have one. In any case, these babyproof items would make for great baby gifts to keep their little ones safe.

Image courtesy of Elizabeth/Party4Five on Creative Commons
Image courtesy of Elizabeth/Party4Five on Creative Commons

Gates

Baby gates are a must if you live in a home with any stairs. You will need to put up a barrier to any potential falls. Even if you think baby will not venture far, gate off any stairs you have. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Baby gates range in size from standard doorway to sliding doors to larger openings. You can find ones that allow you to unhook a latch so you can walk through or you can plan to climb over a standard gate.

Today’s gates are safer than ever because they meet stringent safety regulations. Just be sure to install them securely.

Babyproofing Your Home (Video)

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Image by Morgan for Mizzou on Flickr

Sharp Edges

Coffee tables, counters and other pieces of furniture all have potentially sharp edges that baby can bang into. You can purchase foam or plastic tubes that clip onto your furniture so that if baby knocks into them, they won’t get hurt.

It’s a good idea to move any furniture you can into storage (extra end tables that could tip over, or a coffee table that takes up much of the room baby will need to run around in) so that there are even fewer dangers. Another option is to purchase special kids chairs for this age, with the hope that they stay away from mom and dads' chairs.

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Image from ehow.com

Door Knobs

Babies can get themselves into all kinds of trouble with doorknobs left unguarded. You may quickly turn your back to answer the phone and baby will have opened a door to a room she’s not supposed to be in. This means trouble!

Discount stores sell doorknob locks that will require adult force to open. You’ll want one on every door.

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Image by conorwithonen on Flickr

Baby’s View

For much of the house, it makes good sense to just close off rooms you don’t want baby in. But for high-traffic areas where baby will frequent often, especially the kitchen, you’re going to have to get busy child proofing.

Think like a baby. Get down on their level and look at the things they will be seeing. Does a tablecloth look tempting? Baby could pull a whole mess down on their head, so do away with it. Are there any cords hanging down from blinds? Tie them up so baby can’t get entangled.

Any loose objects or décor that baby could pull down off a shelf or table needs to be put into storage for the time being. Remove all knobs from the stove so that there are no accidental burns and store them up above. When you need to cook, just grab the knob you need and then remove it again when you’re done.

Image from Babysleepandgrow.com
Image from Babysleepandgrow.com

Kits are Great

Discount stores sell kits that contain all the locks you’ll need to baby proof most areas of your home. You’ll need latches on all lower cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom. You’ll also want to anchor any heavy book cases and bureaus to the wall.

Look for babyproofing kits that include furniture anchors. The toilet bowl and refrigerator are other areas you need to lock. Special toilet bowl and refrigerator locks come in these kits.

Image by Pink Sherbet Photography
Image by Pink Sherbet Photography

Keep your Eyes Open

There’s no amount of baby proofing that can substitute for your constant watch on baby. Toddlers are fast and can get themselves into trouble in an instant. Never leave a baby in a room by themselves. And instruct all caregivers to do the same. Take baby with you whenever you need to attend to a phone call or run to take the clothes out of the dryer.

Adventures in Babyproofing

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Photo courtesy of TedsBlog on Flickr

Create a Baby-Safe Zone

Of course you want baby to be able to explore her surroundings. So create an area that is safe. Clean out one of the lower cabinets of your kitchen and fill it with pots and unbreakable bowls. Let her play with baby cups and kitchen themed toys. Make this their special cabinet. Since the others will be locked, they’ll be delighted to claim one for themselves.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      We had a baby gate as well since we lived on the first floor of the house. This was the first thing we installed. then we took care to see that all electric points were plugged with insulation, the bathroom door was kept locked and so many other things that one learns along with the growing baby.

      Excellent info. Voted up & useful. Love the immaculate and attractive presentation of the info.

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      Janice S 7 years ago

      Very useful with great resources and picks from Amazon. Thanks!

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      Sarah Carlsley 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @samsons1 - lol No announcement here!! Just helping out on a fun topic :)

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      ggerner 7 years ago

      Very useful and practical information. Thanks!

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      Sam 7 years ago from Tennessee

      voted up & useful! Very well researched, well written, informative and concise. Is someone making an announcement...?

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      masmasika 7 years ago

      Excellent with lots of cute pictures. Great hub. Keep up.

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      jkvkdailey4 7 years ago from Minnesota

      Excellent tips! We're past the babyproofing stage but my girlfriend is about to experience it so I'm recommending your hub to her.

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