How to Baby Proof Your Home

“I child proofed my house…but they still got in.”  -Anon

The good news about baby-proofing is that it can be done incrementally from the ground up.

When the thought of making the house ready for baby first occurred to me, I must

admit, I was somewhat overwhelmed.  My family had moved to a new house. There were boxes everywhere, nicknacks being unpacked, the dog and all of her toys strewn about.  Where would I begin?  And, what was I supposed to baby proof exactly?

Thankfully, someone pointed out to me that I could gradually baby-proof starting with the floor.  As my child grows, I could further baby-proof in an upward direction.  While it is good to baby proof in this manner all around the house, it is also a good idea to have one completely baby proofed room in the house. This will come in handy when you have guests, baby-sitters, or the need to take your eye off of baby for a quick moment. 

When baby proofing, it is important to consider the baby-eye-view.  Everything the baby sees from his perspective.  For example, he will see the underside of your refrigerator, cabinets, oven, sink and furniture.  He will also be eye level with outlets and other electrical hazards.  For a great view of what he sees, lay on the floor and look up.  You will be surprised what you find.  Do not however, be surprised if you get the urge to give everything a good cleaning.

Speaking of cleaning, part of good baby proofing requires extra diligence in the cleanliness area.  A well cleaned toilet area, for example, is a good idea.  Sweeping, or vacuuming under furniture and appliances regularly will remove potential choking hazards. Pet areas should be kept free from excess dander, pieces of chewed up toys and extra food.  All are potential choking hazards. Pet food should be kept in an area that the child has no access. If they do have access to the pet food, they will absolutely eat it, put it into the water dish, throw it around, fatten up the dog, etc.

If possible, store all hazardous chemicals and cleaning products in a separate room or even better, outside the home. Somewhere your child does not have access to. I keep everything on a “cleaning supplies” cupboard in the garage.

Little ones find cupboards and drawers fascinating once they discover that “things” can be found inside them.  It is best to secure all of these areas with some sort of cabinet fastening system. There are many types available and you can find them at your local hardware, or grocery store.  If you need a securing mechanism in a pinch, you can always use a strong hair band, or two, or three to bind two cupboards doors closed. (It really depends on your baby’s interest level.)  Distraction works great in these instances.  Provide drawer full of ‘toys’ dedicated to your little one in spaces that have a lot of drawers or cupboards, like the kitchen 

PROOFING AREAS BY HEIGHT-LEVEL

FROM THE GROUND TO YOUR KNEE LEVEL:

The floor is where most of the clutter lands.  Keep this area free from golf ball sized and smaller pieces of debris.  Check around the edges of the floor for loose flooring materials.  Remove, cover, or repair loose pieces. Check for sharp points and cover, or remove them.

  • Tile grout has a tendency to break into small pieces near the outside walls.
  • Block staircases  and off-limit hallways with baby-gates.
  • Cover, or plug electrical outlets.  Do your best to remove all electrical wires from plain view.  If your baby can not see the wires, he will be less likely to explore them. 

FROM KNEE TO WAIST LEVEL:

  • Make sure that whatever you store on low shelving will stand up to baby’s explorations. Whatever he finds there, he will most likely put in his mouth and then drop on the floor.  You can further organize with baskets.
  • Make sure pointy edges of furniture are covered or turned so that your baby does not walk into them.  Move household plants out of reach.
  • Secure accessible doors with baby proof handle covers.
  • Look up at the underside of countertops. 

FROM WAIST LEVEL UPWARDS:

– Hang hooks to hold window covering draw-strings up and out of reach. 

  • Move any items away from the edges of tables and shelves. 
  • Make sure items that are free standing are sturdy enough to remain standing while baby uses them to pull themselves up.

GENERAL BABY PROOFING:

  • Remove any plastic debris, coins, sharp objects, poisonous items, rubbish bins, and items with small parts like ballpoint pens, or board games.
  • Provide dedicated play areas with toys, learning aids and time-occupiers like jumpers, swings, play centers, play cards, etc.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  BABY PROOFING IS A CONTINUAL PROCESS.  YOU WILL FIND UNEXPECTED ITEMS WITHIN BABY’S REACH ALL THE TIME. ESPECIALLY, IF YOU HAVE PETS.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR BABY PROOFING:

http://www.totsafe.com/checklist.htm

http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/home/household_checklist.html

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