Baby proofing your house is an easy step that is essential to keep your baby safe every day. While it might seem preemptive, getting started early will ensure that your nursery, kitchen and living areas are all safe before your baby is old enough to crawl and walk.
Keep reading for room-by-room safety tips for baby proofing your house.
baby proofing Your Kitchen
- To prevent burns, make sure to set your water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. This will prevent the water from getting too hot and accidentally scalding your child.
- Once your little one is moving around, they are going to get into everything, so make sure that all drawers and cabinets within arm’s reach have safety latches—or invest in some easy magnet closures.
- Knobs or anything you can grab, turn or twist are your baby’s favorite new toys. Make sure that everything that falls into that category (ie: stove knobs!) is covered appropriately.
- To prevent slipping or tripping, place non-skid pads underneath any rugs or mats in your kitchen.
- Latch your garbage can closed with a child safety hook, because who knows how curious your toddler might be!
baby proofing Your Living Room
- Use electrical tape or a safety apparatus that will organize and safely store electrical cords away from your baby, and cover unused electrical outlets with safety caps. If you have blinds, make sure that you opt for cordless blinds instead of ones with a dangling cord, or purchase a cord wind-up to prevent the cords from acting as a strangulation hazard.
- Make sure your family photos and artwork are secured with appropriate picture hooks (and even better, some earthquake putty) to prevent pictures from falling off the wall.
baby proofing Your Bathroom
- Never leave your baby alone in the bathtub, and add in non-slip mats on the bottom of the bathtub to prevent slips.
- Outfit your bathroom floor with non-slip rubber mats to prevent falls.
- Make sure your toilet lid is securely locked with a safety latch to prevent your child from accidentally falling in and harming themselves or potentially drowning in.
- Invest in the latest safety locks for all cabinets—especially ones that have sharp objects (like razors, tweezers, nail clippers) and medicine (yes, vitamins are included, too!)
- Move the most dangerous items (toxic cleaning products, rubbing alcohol) to a top shelf so even if your baby pulls themselves up, they won’t be able to reach them.
- Buy a water thermometer to ensure your baby’s bathwater is a safe temperature at all times. Experts recommend that bath water should be just above 100 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent burning your baby.