Tips on how to baby proof a home

Babies and toddlers are constantly on the go – and often have no regard for their own safety. Because of this, it’s extremely important to take the time to babyproof the home. From bedrooms and bathrooms to kitchens and even the car, there are hazards throughout the home that can harm baby if not properly secured.

While many new parents start baby proofing the house while still pregnant, it’s important to do a second sweep when baby is between 6 and 10 months old. This is the age when babies start becoming mobile, scooting, crawling, and even pulling up on furniture. It’s important to make sure the whole house is now safe for a baby on the move. The following tips can help when baby proofing a home.

Around the house

– Set the water heater to 120 degrees F or less to prevent baby getting scalded at bath time
– Cap outlets with plastic covers
– Test or install new smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the house, including outside sleeping areas
– Purchase a fire extinguisher for the kitchen
– Install baby gates at the head and foot of staircases
– Ensure all houseplants are non-toxic if ingested

In the living room

– Anchor the TV to the wall and hide the electrical cords
– Remove blinds with looped cords
– Place tall or wobbly lamps behind furniture
– Install fireplace screens around fireplace hearths
– Anchor any additional large furniture items, such as bookshelves or entertainment centers, to prevent tipping

In the kitchen

– Install drawer and cabinet locks as needed
– Place lockable covers on trash cans
– Remove tablecloths
– Move knives and cleaning products into secure, latched cabinets or drawers
– Keep breakable dishware, glassware, or cookware out of reached or stored in locked cabinets
– Place stove knob covers on stovetop
– Get in the habit of cooking on the back burners of the stove

In the bedroom

– Secure and anchor all large furniture to the walls
– Keep non-breathable bumpers, comforters, pillows, and other soft toys out of the crib
– Remove mobiles once baby is able to pull themselves up in the crib
– Position the crib away from cords, windows, lamps, and other wall decor

In the bathroom

– Store medications in a locked cabinet
– Remove cleaning supplies from unsecured cabinets or closets
– Add a lock to the toilet
– Put away or remove electrical appliances immediately after use

In the garage

– Safely store tools and other toxic substances such as antifreeze or paint
– Test garage door safety sensor
– Place detergent, bleach, and other laundry products in a locked cabinet
– Clear the car of any small objects such as pens or loose change
– Apply stick-on sun shades to rear windows to protect baby from UV light

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