KinderGard is the market leader in babyproofing products. We’ve been doing this since 1974 (since a lot of you readers were babies yourselves) and we’ve put together this list for new parents and grandparents on how to think about baby proofing your home.
Welcoming a baby into your home is an exciting and joyous time. As a parent, your top priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of your little one. That’s why babyproofing your home is crucial. Creating a safe environment will not only protect your baby from potential hazards but also offer you peace of mind. In this article, we present an essential babyproofing checklist to guide you through the process of making your home a secure haven for your precious child.
Secure Furniture and Heavy Items: Babies are naturally curious and prone to pulling, climbing, and grabbing anything within their reach. Anchor heavy furniture, such as bookshelves and dressers, to the wall to prevent tipping accidents. Use furniture straps or brackets for added stability. When we were young parents, we actually had a furniture armoire with a full size television tip over directly on top of our climbing toddler. Only angels kept her from serious injury.
Install Safety Gates: Safety gates are essential for blocking off staircases, doorways, and rooms that are off-limits to your baby. Choose sturdy gates that are specifically designed for babyproofing purposes and ensure they are properly installed.
Cover Electrical Outlets: Exposed electrical outlets pose a serious risk to babies who love to explore by sticking their fingers or objects into them. Invest in outlet covers or safety plugs to prevent accidental shocks or injuries. KinderGard has been selling these since 1974, and outlets haven’t changed and won’t change in your lifetime. Our best ones feature a pressure locking key device, but we also have the same basic outlet covers we have been selling for five decades. They’re easy, cheap, and keep your kid from dying.
Secure Cords and Blind Cords: Keep window blind cords out of your baby’s reach, as they can pose a strangulation hazard. Use cord winders or cord cleats to secure and tuck away any cords within your child’s reach.
Lock Cabinets and Drawers: Babies love to open cabinets and drawers, which can lead to access to harmful substances or sharp objects. Utilize childproof latches or locks on cabinets and drawers in kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas where potentially hazardous items are stored. KinderGard has products for every scenario you can imagine. If your cabinet needs locking, we have a DIY device for you. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends cabinet locks specifically to keep curious kids away from household poisons, medicines, or other harm that lurks inside of cabinets.
Use Corner and Edge Guards: Sharp corners and edges of furniture can pose a risk of injury if a baby falls or bumps into them. Install corner guards and edge protectors on tables, countertops, and other furniture to cushion potential impact. It’s easy to use some of the KinderGard adhesive based products to take the edge off and prevent accidents.
Secure Windows: Windows can be a potential hazard for curious little ones. Install window guards or window stops to prevent accidental falls. Ensure that windows cannot be opened wide enough for a child to squeeze through. We also have DIY battery operated window and door alarms.
Eliminate Small Choking Hazards: Regularly inspect your home for small objects that could be choking hazards, such as coins, small toys, or loose buttons. Keep these items out of your baby’s reach or store them in sealed containers.
Lock Toilets and Bathroom Safety: Toilets can be dangerous for babies who can lean or fall into them. Use toilet locks or lid locks to prevent access. Always supervise your child during bath time and keep bathroom products out of reach. Believe it or not, toilet drowning is a thing for toddlers. We sell a very simple adhesive toilet lock.
Secure Appliances and Cords: Babies are curious about buttons and knobs on appliances. Use appliance locks to secure ovens, dishwashers, and other appliances. Keep appliance cords out of reach to prevent tugging or pulling.
Install Window and Door Alarms: Window and door alarms provide an extra layer of security, alerting you if a door or window is opened unexpectedly. This is particularly important as your child grows and becomes more mobile. Check out the vibration sensitive window and door alarm from our sister company Giver alarms.
Create a Safe Sleep Environment: Ensure your baby’s crib or bassinet meets current safety standards. Avoid using soft bedding, pillows, or blankets until the recommended age. Keep cords from blinds or curtains away from the crib. Read up on the latest research about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Babyproofing your home is an essential step to ensure your baby’s safety and well-being. By following this essential babyproofing checklist, you can create a secure environment for your little one to explore, play, and grow without unnecessary risks. Remember, continuous vigilance and regular reassessment of your home will identify new problems to solve. KinderGard has been keeping kids safe since 1974.