Your baby might not be on the move yet, but there is no better time to baby proof your home than as early as possible. Babies are incredibly good at getting where they aren’t supposed to be and hurting themselves on just about anything. To help you create a safe environment for your baby, here is how to baby proof your home, with a complete checklist of everything you need to do!
Baby Proofing Around The House
For basic baby proofing around the house, make sure you remember the following:
- Anchor the TV to the wall and hide the cable. If using a cabinet, keep the TV away from the front of the cabinet with the cable hidden.
- Move tall, wobbly lamps to stand behind furniture so they cannot be grabbed.
- Install fireplace screens around hearths.
- Remove looped cords from window blinds, or keep them up out of reach.
- Place baby gates at the top and the bottom of the stairs.
- Place safety covers over electrical outlets.
- Put non-slip pads under all carpets and rugs.
- Cover sharp furniture edges and corners with safety padding or bumpers.
- Close all drawers, doors, and cupboards using baby latches.
- Unplug and store away any appliances that aren’t in use.
Baby Proofing The Kitchen
Every room in the house needs to be baby-proofed, including the kitchen. There are many dangerous activities a baby can get up to in the kitchen, as well as many hazardous items to be found in the kitchen.
- Place lockable covers over garbage bins.
- Install the stove controller covers.
- Cook only on the back burners.
- Move knives, sharp objects, cleaners, chemicals, and heavy items to locked and secured cupboards.
- Keep glasses and dishes up high and out of reach.
- Unplug any appliances and pack them away when not in use.
- Remove tablecloths from kitchen tables.
Baby Proofing The Nursery
You will more than likely be doing up your nursery from scratch, so it is easy to make it a baby-proofed room from the beginning. You need to ensure you create a safe sleep space for your baby.
- Secure dressers, drawers, and bookshelves to the wall.
- Place the crib away from other furniture.
- Do not have a mobile over the crib.
- Lower the crib mattress to the lowest setting.
- Install safety guards on all windows.
- Install a non-skid liner under rugs.
- Place baby wipes and other supplies somewhere your baby won’t be able to reach.
- Place a thick carpet under the changing table.
- Ensure the crib is not close to the window, to the heater, lamps, wall décor, and cords.
- Make sure the crib slats are no more than two and 3/8 inches apart and make sure all screws and bolts are tight, and there are no gaps between the mattress and the cot or crib.
- Keep cot bumpers, comforters, blankets, pillows, and toys out of the crib.
Creating A Safe Home
It might take a little bit of work to baby proof your home, but once you have done so, you can rest assured your baby will be able to explore in a safer environment!