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Tackling Child-proofing Room by Room

February 17, 2012

Child-proofing your home might seem like an overwhelming task. While your house has been “adults-only” for quite awhile, there will soon be tiny, curious fingers roaming every reachable inch of your living space! Breaking this daunting chore down by room can make it a lot easier, and we have some tips to get you started.

Start with the nursery. Double-check your baby furniture to make sure it’s safe and secure. Crib slats should be a maximum of 2 3/8 inches apart, and the safest bedding is a crib mattress with a snug crib sheet. Blankets and pillows are not recommended for an infant. The changing table must have 2-inch guard rails on all sides, and we recommend keeping diapers, wipes, and cream within arm’s reach, so that you don’t need to leave your baby unattended. Move the crib away from any windows, and shorten any chains or cords on your window treatments so that they are out of reach.

Installing childproof latches on bathroom cabinets will keep medications, cosmetics, and cleaning solutions away from prying fingers. And putting a latch on the toilet seat will prevent any misadventures there. And remember never to leave anything plugged in near the sink, toilet, or tub. Keep electronic devices out of reach at all times.

Throughout the home, tape down any long electrical cords that are accessible, and plug your outlets with plastic safety plugs. Make sure large, unsteady furniture is anchored properly. Flat screen televisions should be mounted to the wall or to their stand, and bookcases can be tethered to the wall. You also might want to keep an eye out for furniture with sharp corners, and move it into low-traffic areas, or cushion any protruding edges. Installing baby gates at the top and foot of the stairs is essential, and adhering carpeted mats to stairs can make carrying children up and down the stairs much easier and safer.

Next, do a scan of your kitchen. If you keep your cleaning products beneath the sink, use a child-proof lock on the cabinet doors. Any sharp instruments should be kept behind childproof locks as well. Plus, make sure your drawers have stops, so that they can’t be pulled out all the way, possibly injuring your child. And ovens can tip over more easily than you think. You can purchase an anti-tip bracket and many other home safety products from http://www.safety1st.com, or from any large chain store such as Target or Walmart. Plus, there are many companies out there that offer professional child-proofing services for those who are not handy (like my husband) or just feeling overwhelmed.

No, your baby will not be moving around for several months, but as soon as he takes off, you won’t want to be bothering with childproofing with a crawler under foot! Taking these precautions now, when you’re rested and have a little extra time, will save you the frustration later.

What are some useful tips you discovered while childproofing your home? Tell us in the comments section!

Photography courtesy of Flickr.

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  1. February 17, 2012 8:29 pm

    I installed a hook/eye latch at the top of our basement door when we moved into our house as an extra security measure. And boy was it perfect timing because my oldest figured out how to open the door with the door knob covers a week later! As parents, we must be one step ahead!

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