How to Baby Proof Your Home

This post is dedicated to my dear friend, Duckie!

Baby proofing your home is often done in two stages:

  1. You “proof” what you think needs to be done in order to keep your baby safe.
  2. You realize that your baby is much more adventurous than you ever had imagined and you play catch up with their every move!

I recently received a baby update email from one of my dear friends. I absolutely love to receive these emails, for a few reasons:

  • They let me live through the eyes of a new Mommy vicariously – oh how I love babies!
  • I love my “niece” so much that I look forward to the news of her development.
  • They make me smile.

I could tell that my sweet niece had recently become much more active because the frequency of updates had slowed down dramatically! I remember those days of having so much more “free time” on my hands in between the “newborn baby stage” and the “baby in motion” stage. I also remember the day that I lost that “freedom” and the panic that I felt with the question of “How on earth am I going to keep my baby safe?”

Once your baby takes off on their hands and knees (or bellies or bottoms for that matter), life becomes much different as a parent. No longer can you trust that your baby is safe, lying still. They are curious little creatures who want to discover the world. All at once!

Here are my tips for parents of recent “movers”:

  • NEVER assume that something is safe.
  • Always have your eyes and ears open.
  • Silence means they are up to no good and you should immediately investigate.
  • Baby proof the obvious danger zones like stair ways (going up and down), electrical outlets and any breakable items that you cherish.
  • After you have “baby proofed”, know that your job has not ended, it has just begun! Watch your baby as they will guide you to the areas that you need to change to keep them safe.

Here are some areas that you will want to think about:

  • Your TV – here is a post about anchoring your tv
  • cupboard doors and drawers
  • sharp edges on furniture
  • vents
  • curtain/blind cords
  • floor length curtains
  • high furniture that can tip
  • poisons (move them to a high cupboard, out of reach)
  • applicances that can be turned on or opened
  • get familiar with the toilet tube rule, but don’t fully trust it – some kids can fit a lot in their mouth, trust me, I know!

There are some fabulous websites and stores out there that sell baby proofing products. Even if you aren’t one for purchasing these type of products, you might get some ideas of places to pay attention to in your home that you hadn’t thought of or that your baby hasn’t discovered yet.

The biggest tip that I can give you is to always have one eye on your child at all times. There will come a day when you will be able to trust them a bit more, but when they are really little is definitely not the time to try to start.

Keep in mind that once you feel you have fully baby proofed and protected your little one from danger, they will discover something else OR they will start walking and with that opens up a whole new world in “baby proofing”.

What are your baby proofing tips? Please do share to help out my friend.

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19 Responses to How to Baby Proof Your Home

  1. So important to help keep kids safe, because the WILL get into everything…
    After reading a story recently about a toddler being crushed by her dresser (which was not very big at all) I made sure all of our book shelves and dressers were anchored.

  2. SamiJoe says:

    I laughed and laughed at the ‘if you hear silence they’re up to no good’ ! Totally true and usually messy! 😉

  3. NEVER assume you first and your last will be the same!! My two sons were easy to baby proof. I said no, they didn’t touch again. My DD1 is a princess and does what she wants! I think this is because she is the same age as her older brothers and she feels she should keep up! lol ALWAYS ON MY TOES!

  4. all great tips! I am so glad to be finally leaving the stage of hopping over a baby gate every time I need to up the stairs lol

  5. Lori says:

    Get down on their level. Completely different perspective to what they can get into!

  6. Lucie Harvey says:

    Don’t assume that a lock is safe enough. Distract the kid when you have to open it, or be prepared to change it.

  7. Lee Pearson says:

    Great tips and such an important post. Thank you. I don’t know how true this one is but I’ve always heard to never leave a cat alone with an infant because the cat may suffocate the infant. I think this one has something to do with the smell of milk or formula on the baby’s breath. Hmmm…like I’ve said, I don’t know how true it is, but I’ve heard this many times.

  8. Deanna says:

    Great tips! We just finally took down the gate that was blocking the kids from having access to the kitchen. And so we’re off on a whole new kid-proofing spree. Sigh.

  9. Susan T. says:

    Thanks for the tips! I have s niece and two nephews and was not really sure what I needed to do to my house to keep them safe. I’m cat proof not baby proof!

  10. VERY excellent addition, Shelley – thank you for adding this!

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  12. kathy downey says:

    Thanks for the tips,i have grandkids visiting often and i don’t want any problems !

  13. wakingbug says:

    These are great tips to keep in mind to keep our precious little ones out of danger. Thanks for the great post.

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