ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Keep Your Home Safe for Baby - Safety at Home for Baby

Updated on February 5, 2012

Any time is a good time to increase safety precautions around the house for your baby. Taking a few small measures for safety prevents some of the most common household injuries and accidents. And both you and your baby can enjoy, and grow together, in an environment that is baby-friendly.

Start on the Floor

Bring your eyesight down to the world of a crawling baby, and you may soon discover preventable accidents waiting to happen. Check the outlets, hanging cords, base cabinets with household chemicals and doors leading to the basement or outside.

Change standard electrical outlets to the child-proof ones that close off the outlet holes when cords are not plugged in them, or at least insert plastic outlet plugs to prevent the baby from sticking an object into the outlet. Also make it a point to secure the objects at the other end of an electrical cord and also block access to any electrical cords, since a baby may pull on it, cause an item to fall or unplug it from the outlet.

Remove household cleaning chemicals from the base bathroom or kitchen cabinet, and relocate them to a high shelf in a cleaning closet, a high cabinet in the mudroom or laundry room, or in a secure storage space in the basement. Once out of reach, mom and dad no longer have to fear the baby coming into contact with the chemicals.

Another on-the-floor hazard waiting to happen is a door that leads to a lower level or open access to steps. Not only is a crawling baby at risk of falling, placing a baby in a walker heightens the risk, since the baby's spacial judgement is not advanced enough to stop the baby before the walker tips over the first step. Closing the door is not enough – install a door spring over the hinge of an interior basement door to automatically close the door after it is opened, install guard gates near open steps, and pay special attention to closing the main door or screen door that latches to the outside.

Carpet over Tile and Hardwood

Hardwood has some shock-absorbency characteristics, but a baby slipping and falling on tile is nothing short of painful to experience. Make the crawling and walking surfaces of your home soft and comfortable for the baby by installing non-skid area rugs or wall-to-wall carpeting. This will dramatically decrease the baby from sustaining injuries from a fall on the floor.

Smoke and Water

The two do not go together except when water is putting out a fire. Rather, make it a point to install smoke detectors around your home in case of a fire, and also to alert you long before the baby has a chance to inhale harmful amounts of smoke.

The hazards of water is in its standing amount in a 5-gallon bucket or a tub, and also in its temperature. It is very easy for a baby to drown, so do not leave cleaning buckets of water near the baby, nor leave the tub filled with water while you attend to something else. Also adjust your water-heater's temperature to 120 degrees or lower to prevent the baby from sustaining scalding burns.

What's Hanging Around

Hanging electrical cords are only one type of thing around the house that a baby can pull on and hurt herself. Look for hanging drapery cords, window blind strings, hanging beads from the '70s, and anything else that is long enough for a baby or small child to wrap around their neck or arm and face strangulation or cut off their circulation to a limb.

Medications Are Not for Baby

Okay, it's a given that parents and adults must keep medications out of the reach of children – but it worth saying again. Take the extra measure of keeping all medications in a locked cabinet whenever there is a baby or child in the house. Do not skip over this one, because it may save your child's life.

Sharp Tools of the Home

Anything pokey and sharp does not belong in the reach of a baby or child, so keep all knives, forks, screwdrivers, hammers, cutting appliances such as food processors and blenders, and all power tools secure from the child's reach.

It can happen in seconds – any of the injuries mentioned above, so take the time to set up your house to be as injury-resistant as possible and then enjoy a peace of mind that your baby may be safe from avoidable harm.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      3 years ago

      Slam dunkin like Shaquille O'Neal, if he wrote inafomrtive articles.

    • profile image


      3 years ago

      If I were a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, now I'd say "Kbaaoungw, dude!"


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)