Tips For Baby Proofing Your Home

Baby on the way? Keep this safe, baby-proofing checklist handy to make sure your home is ready to welcome your bundle of joy.

Cabinets: Install cabinet latches in your bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room and mud room so your little one can’t open them on their own.

Water: Never leave your baby alone with water. Swimming pools and bathtubs are no-brainers – but this guideline also includes less obvious things like cleaning buckets or pet water dishes.

Chemicals: Even with cabinet locks and latches, make sure to move all chemicals to a high location where little hands can’t reach them. Then, make sure that the doors and locks are kid-proof.

Electric Outlets: Cover them with safety covers, especially those that a child can reach from the floor.

Furniture

  • If you have bookcases, televisions, dressers and other furniture that could topple forward and onto a baby, secure them to the wall so they can’t be pulled over or move them out of your house altogether.
  • Furniture with glass doors, shelves and tops shouldn’t be used around children
  • Cover any sharp edges with pads until the child is out of the toddler stage.

Blind and curtain cords: To protect your child from getting caught, install blinds that can be opened and closed without cords. Breakaway cords have been known to fail, so don’t rely on them. 

Windows: Make sure children can’t access windows by crawling to them or climbing on furniture. Keep windows from opening more than 3 inches when they can reach them. If windows are accessible on a second or higher floor, make sure that there’s no way they could push through a window or screen and fall out.

Dog dishes: If you can, move them to an area that isn’t accessible to a crawling baby or a toddler. Keep the child away from the dogs while they are eating.

Bedroom: Make sure your child’s crib follows current safety recommendations and keep soft pillows away from children when they’re not being supervised.  Get more details on child safety in the bedroom.

Bathroom: Keep the door closed to your bathroom when you aren’t in it. Make sure cabinets and the toilet are always closed and locked. Medications should be stored in the highest, lockable cupboard. Discover more tips for child safety in the bathroom.

Take an afternoon to put these safety checks in place – it’ll make you feel more ready for baby! Then, start to integrate these habits into your day-to-day life so that when your baby comes home with you it will be second nature.

For more safety tips, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Child Safety Network.


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