Cushion the Blow
Young children who are learning to crawl, or walk, are constantly losing their balance and falling into things, so it is important to create a home that can cushion those falls.
- Padded Table Corners: Padded coverings for sharp corners or edges on coffee tables, end tables, and nightstands.
- Padded Lower Stairs: Padded coverings for sharp corners or edges against stairs below baby gates.
- Covered Bathtub Nozzle: Soft, plastic bathtub cover for the sharp nozzle.
- Soft Flooring: Carpet, rugs or padded foam coverings for hard floors.
Children will forever be fascinated with what they cannot have. Young children also have no concept of what a danger to them is, therefore, a new mom or dad must keep those dangers covered and at bay.
- Covered Electrical Outlets: Plastic inserts for outlets to block tiny fingers.
- Covered Fireplaces: Secured gates in front of open fireplaces or gas-powered heaters.
- Secured Water Heater: Locked doors or gates in front of active water heaters.
- Covered Door Hinges: Pinch-free coverings over unblocked door hinges.
- Covered Oven Dials: Plastic coverings for oven dials that remove the ability to turn on ovens or stoves.
- Hidden and Secured Electrical Cords: Coverings for electrical cords, electrical tape or security tabs to secure cords to upper walls or unattainable backs of furniture.
Heighten the Home
When baby-proofing a home, parents need to remember that their child’s world is low to the ground. Because of this, many items within a home will need to be raised higher to avoid accidents and/or broken household items.
- Raised Fragile Items: Move fragile items to secure upper shelves and remove from tables.
- Raised Book Shelves: Move books (other than children’s books) to secure upper shelves.
- Removed Lamps and Hazardous Décor Items: Keep lamps, statues, picture frames and other home décor items on secured high shelves.
Any form of doorway will hold a fascination for little explorers, therefore, any doorway that leads to something possibly hazardous should be latched up, secured or padded.
- Locked Toilets, Washers, Dryers, Cabinets or Refrigerators: Grip latches, magnetic locks or lock straps to keep toilet lids closed, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer and refrigerator doors shut and cabinet doors secured.
- Locked Kitchen and Bathroom Drawers: Latches, locks, or straps to stop drawers from opening.
- Blocked Doors: Foam door slam stoppers to keep doors from closing completely.
Block Certain Pathways
Every home has rooms, doorways or stairways that children should not be on or inside. To keep their curiosity at bay, blocking pathways to areas that are off limits is a must.
- Gated Openings: Secured baby gates to block pathways, doorways and stairways.
- Covered Doorknobs: Secured plastic doorknob coverings to stop knobs from turning in the hands of little ones.
Secure the Walls
Several parents have made the mistake of thinking their small child could never pull down heavy items against the wall. Too often, things against, or on, the wall have fallen on small children, causing serious injuries. Keeping these items secured can easily protect against unforeseen accidents.
- Locked Pictures, Book Cases, Shelves, Televisions and Other Wall Décor Items: Heavy duty locks to keep items secured against walls and protect from falling.
A huge home improvement mission while baby proofing is to reorganize the home to protect against fatal accidents.
- Cleaning Supplies: Move all supplies to upper locked and secured cabinets.
- Medications: Keep all items in upper locked and secured cabinets or drawers.
- Laundry Supplies: Store soaps, dryer sheets, etc., in locked and secured upper cabinets.
- Bathroom Items: Keep soaps, cosmetics, creams, lotions, etc., in upper locked and secured cabinets or drawers.
- Cooking Materials: Store away in upper cabinets, secured pantries or locked drawers.
- Furniture Placement: Move furniture away from windows, balconies, upper stairways or electrical cords.
An excellent way for parents to guard against sickness or choking hazards is to maintain a clean home daily.
- Floor Cleanliness: Vacuum carpets and rugs, control pet hair, sweep and mop kitchen or hardwood floors.
- De-clutter: Keep toys and small items picked up from floors and tables.
- Sanitize: Keep toys and home surfaces sanitized to protect against sickness.
Lock Away Poisons
So many household items are dangerous for children when they fall into eyes, are ingested or sometimes even touched. Keeping these items locked away at all times can reduce the risk of any sudden trips to the emergency room.
- Cleaning Supplies: Bleach, disinfectants, aerosol sprays, various cleaners.
- Medications: Over-the-counter and prescription liquid or pill medications, with or without a child lock.
- Laundry Soaps: Detergent, liquid, powder or pods.
- Bathroom Soaps and Shampoos: Liquid or bar soaps, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, aftershave, mouthwash, toothpaste, facial items, body wash, rubbing alcohol, ointments, pet shampoo, etc.
- House Plants: Plants that are poisonous or hazardous when ingested.
- Tobacco Items: Cigarettes, chewing tobacco, hookah, cigars, etc.
- Alcohol: Any beverage containing any percentage of alcohol.
- Pest Control Items: Bug sprays, rat or mouse poison, yard sprays or disinfectants, mouse traps.
- Garage or Attic Items: Paint, antifreeze, motor oil, pesticides, windshield wiper fluid, mothballs, firearms, etc.
- Batteries: Any size or amount of batteries.
- Makeup and Cosmetics: Perfume, cologne, any form of facial makeup, hair products, teeth whitening supplies, waxing supplies, nail polish or nail polish remover.
Remove Small Objects
Keeping small items around the home picked up and away from children guards against choking, entangling, strangling or injury.
- Removable Caps: Caps near doorsteps or doorways
- Small Home Décor Items: Marbles, stones, shells, figurines, etc.
- Items Containing Unsecured Batteries: Remotes, certain toys, cameras, etc.
- Items Containing Strings or Cords: Pull cords on windows, yarn, toys with pull strings, shoes containing laces, electrical cords, etc.
For a new mom or dad, keeping their little one safe is one of the most important jobs they have, and no action is too little.