How to Baby Proof your House

Baby Proofing Your House

Your family is starting to grow, and with it comes everything that comes with children. Before long you’ll have toys everywhere, your dog will eat your baby’s socks and if you go away you might notice a few crayon marks on the walls. The truth is, as a parent there are good days when you feel things are running smoothly and other days when your patience wears thin. Having experienced this myself first-hand and helping friends through this process, I thought I’d share my tips for how to baby proof your house.

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No matter where you are when you have a baby, you will need to decide how best to baby proof your house for their safety.

Baby proofing a house is really important as it helps to maintain your child’s safety. If you are looking for a baby proofing checklist, or just need some baby proofing tips, you should read this article.

Baby proofing your house

Here are the top 37 elements you need to baby proof:

  1. Electrical outlets
  2. Kitchen cabinets
  3. Garage
  4. Shed
  5. Working area with tools
  6. Kitchen drawers especially with knives
  7. All household products (It is a great idea to sort through them and only keep what you really need)
  8. All medications and medicine cabinets
  9. All stairs should be blocked
  10. Outside door if you have an older toddler
  11. Fence your pool and fence your backyard
  12. Any kind of water reservoir should not be accessible
  13. Strings from blinds, curtains, etc
  14. Any objects that could fall on your baby. Any loose furniture can be secured with a strap like television, dressers, etc
  15. Swings should not be accessible to your toddler if you are not around
  16. Matches and lighters
  17. Gasoline and windshields washer
  18. Garage door opener
  19. Hot iron, curling iron
  20. Never leave a child in a bath unattended for even one second
  21. Any slippery surface
  22. Choking hazards in the crib
  23. Cribs painted with led or that has spaced spindles
  24. Go around the nursery and remove any dangerous objects
  25. Any small objects or food that have chocking hazard
  26. Any object that your baby could trip on if he is just starting to learn to walk
  27. Any old walker with wheels
  28. Any aggressive animal
  29. Any source of heat, fire or open flame
  30. Any open door or window that have a low access
  31. Any toys that is not age appropriate for your baby
  32. Any recreative drugs or alcohol that you could be using
  34. Any pointy objects like scissors, forks, compass, etc
  35. Anything you would be devastated if it was destroyed like pictures, book, money, etc, That is reverse baby proofing!
  36. Any high point that could be accessible to your baby
  37. ETC,

Baby proofing your house for your new bundle of joy (or maybe you already have a baby) can seem like a daunting task. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t have to spend your whole day trying to figure out the safest ways to keep your baby safe and protected on all sides. Rather, you can focus on what really matters: bonding with your baby in peace.

If you are a parent (or even care for young children) you are probably well aware that your child can’t resist the temptation to investigate every corner of his/her room. New surroundings and unknown objects act as a magnet, enticing little ones to touch absolutely everything. This tendency to reach out and touch everything applies to your house when it’s not properly baby proofed.

Do not forget to go around the house if you arrive at a new place to be sure that the place is safe for your baby. It is not a question of telling your hosts to move everything but rather to make sure your little ones are safe.

Baby proofing 101: Safety isn’t something you do to your house, it’s something you do for your baby.

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