Baby Proofing Checklist

Baby Proofing Checklist

Learn tips and tricks to keep your baby safe in every room of your home.


By: Roo Ciambriello

Congrats! You’ve got a baby on the way! Looking around your home, you may feel the sudden urge to cover everything in bubble wrap and duct tape. Little kids are curious, and it’s the job of the grown-ups to keep them safe, but where do you start?

1. Head to the basement, or wherever you keep your water heater. Adjust the maximum to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Reflexes in children are slower than reflexes in adults, so when we touch hot water, our hand jerks back immediately, but children react slower and can get burnt.

2. If you haven’t already, install a smoke detector and a carbon monoxide detector. Don’t forget to change out the batteries regularly (Try using the start of seasons as an indicator.).

3. Install cabinet locks anywhere you keep cleaning supplies or other potentially dangerous materials.

4. Buy a few safety gates. You can use them to gate off stairs or rooms that you deem off limits. You can also use them to keep the baby inside a safe room. If his bedroom has been childproofed, they can explore freely while you have peace of mind.

5. Anchor furniture to the walls. You can purchase straps to anchor to bookshelves, dressers, televisions, armoires and anything else that can tip over.

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6. Install some outlet plugs or sliding outlet plates on outlets that are close to the floor. There’s something about them that is so enticing to a toddler! Your best bet is to teach them to not touch any outlets at all, but keep covers on them, anyway.

7. Get window locks for your windows. Window screens can give a false sense of security — they won’t stop a child from falling out of a window.

8. The bathroom can be a fun place for a child (bathtime!), but also a bit of a hazard. Make sure to put a nonslip mat in the bathtub, and a spout cover to keep your baby from bonking his head against the spout. You may also think of installing a toilet lock, but keeping the door closed at all times stops your baby from being in the room to begin with.

9. Rethink the glass furniture. You may even go so far as to swapping out anything with glass or metal for wooden versions with rounded edges. Even safer? A fabric ottoman that doubles as a table.

10. Keep all medication in higher cabinets that kids can’t reach — or climb to reach. Along with cabinet locks, you can use drawer locks for items that are off limits.

Although there are numerous mechanisms you can put in place to keep kids out of hazardous rooms and away from dangerous things in the house, keep an eye on them anyway. If you have any DIY or unique baby-proofing methods, let us know!

Roo is a freelance writer, creator of the humor blog Nice Girl Notes and lover of DIY crafting and style. She has worked on social media campaigns for brands ranging from Lego to Disney Baby.

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