My sister is getting ready to have a baby in the next few months. One of the things she has been asking about is baby proofing her house so that she doesn’t have to worry about it once the baby gets here. Now as a mom of three kids aged four and under, our house has been baby proofed for years! But it didn’t all happen at once, even though it sure would have made life easier if it had. Here are some tips I’ve learned over the last few years that I wished I would’ve known before I had my first baby.
If I had it to do all over again, I would’ve baby proofed before my son was born. After the baby comes, life gets crazy and before you know it, baby is crawling all over the place and in to everything! This is one of those tasks you can do while nesting and check off your to-do list before baby even arrives.
Also, remember that no matter how baby proofed your home is, baby can still get hurt. The only way to decrease those chances is by always making sure that baby has parental/caregiver supervision.
So where do you start? On the floor of course! Lie on the floor and see the world as your baby will see it. From there, you can figure out what needs to be moved, repaired, or needs to be baby proofed. If you aren’t sure what baby proofing products you might need, ask your friends and family which items they use or suggest. If you are having a baby shower, you can even register for those safety products.
What needs baby proofing? Exposed cords need wire guards and/or cord control kits and power strip covers. Unused outlets need to be covered. You’ll need to install door knob locks or lever locks depending on the types of cabinet doors you have. Get corner guards for sharp corners and edge guards for edges (think coffee tables, fireplaces, etc). Anchor dressers, bookshelves, entertainment centers, and anything else that a child will attempt to climb on to the wall.
There are many other things to consider as well . . . make sure cleaning products and other hazardous products are in places baby cannot get into (locked cabinets, the garage, stored above head). Consider using baby gates to keep baby in (or out!) of certain areas. Had my children not figured out how to open them, our baby gates would still be up!
Also, think about houseplants. Some plants are dangerous if eaten. To see which plants are safe to have in your home and which are not, you can check out which houseplants or outdoor plants to avoid having from Baby Center.
What other measures have you taken to baby proof your home?