Babyproofing your home

When your little one starts rolling and army crawling, it is time to pull out the babyproofing supplies. It may seem early, but shortly after the army crawl comes the sprint crawl followed by the walking. Your life then changes forever as your baby learned how to get into everything from drawers, cabinets and doors while yanking on the heavy furniture. The areas you need to babyproof first are the ones you find yourself constantly finding your baby at. Then, follow these tips to catch those other areas you may not think of quite yet.

Heavy Furniture: As your baby starts coasting, he uses anything he can to pull himself up. This often becomes the couch or your legs. While these are safe, other furniture is not. Pieces such as dressers, bookcases, and televisions need to be bolted into the wall. There are straps sold as most stores that attach to the piece of furniture and the wall. If your baby then pulls up on it, it can tip a few inches without falling atop your baby. It may seem unlikely to happen to you, but this actually occurs too frequently.

Kitchen: The kitchen is one of the biggest areas to babyproof. Any drawer or cabinet that has something your baby shouldn’t be dealing with needs to be safe. There are a number of kits to help you do this, some without needing to screw anything into the cabinets. These kits often come with range covers so the stove cannot be turned on accidentally. Many parents find leaving one cabinet or drawer with baby safe items in it helps keep your baby out of the other drawers.

Bathroom: Along with the kitchen, the bathroom is the next place to go. If you find your baby shoving toys in the toilet, getting into the cleaners, or constantly overflowing the faucet, it is time to babyproof. At first, it is much easier to simply put a cover over the doorknob and keep the door closed. That way when you have to run to the bathroom you aren’t worrying about unlocking the toilet seat. Unfortunately, after potty training starts this no longer works.

Other Tips: More than likely you have hit the three main areas that babyproofing is really a necessity. Depending on the temperament of your baby, you may find other areas need to be finished as well. Here are a few places you may not have considered:

  • Outside Doors: Some babies figure out the locks quickly and learn how to escape. There are locks you can place higher up on the door that keeps them from running out the door.
  • Steps: If you have a sunken living room, that pesky step or two may be causing some injuries. As easy fix is using a one dollar pool noodle and slicing it lengthwise. Insert over the corner of the step and falls won’t hurt anymore. This can be used on sharp corners and furniture, too, costing much less than other methods.
  • Think Up: If you have a climber, think up. The tall furniture, the pictures on the wall, the dining room chairs: these are areas you need to be attentive to. It may seem silly, but a climber is going to get up on the back of the couch and start playing with that beautiful framed picture. Suddenly the picture falls and you have a sad baby. You want to ensure everything is either high enough, bolted down, or removed until this stage passes. You may even find it easier to wall mount your television and its stand.

Some parents get lucky and have babies more interested in learning language before exploring. They then have little babyproofing to do. Many parents, though, have explorers who want to get into everything. When babyproofing, you really need to think like a baby and watch him to see the important areas to get done. Not only will it keep him safer, but it will keep you saner as well.