A Room by Room Guide to Baby-Proofing Your Home

When your baby starts to get moving, it’s time to make sure your house is safe for her to roam. Keep baby safe as she explores with this easy guide to baby-proofing, room by room.

Living Room and/or Family Room

Start with the room where your baby likely spends the most time playing. This will probably be your living room or family room. Look for these common dangers:

  • Secure any furniture to the wall that could potentially tip over onto baby. This includes bookshelves, entertainment units, and televisions. If you have a flat-panel television, consider having it wall-mounted.
  • Remove any breakable or dangerous items from low shelves or coffee tables.
  • If you have a fireplace, secure the doors or block access to it any way you can.
  • Secure doors to any cabinets that might contain breakable or dangerous items
  • Consider replacing floor lamps with models that can be placed out of reach. As there is no way to secure them properly, they could easily tip over on baby. They can also be placed behind furniture.
  • Cover all electrical outlets with secure covers.
  • Tie up cords for blinds, or better yet, replace them with cordless blinds.
  • Cover sharp corners of furniture with soft corner covers

Kitchen and Dining Room

The kitchen is a place full of dangerous items that should be kept out of baby’s reach. In addition to these security measures, be sure never to leave baby unattended in the kitchen.

  • Secure all cabinets and drawers. There are several systems on the market today to make accessing the cabinets you use most easier.
  • Secure the fridge, oven, and dishwasher.
  • During cooking, use back burners as much as possible, and keep handles turned inward
  • Keep fridge magnets that are small enough to get into baby’s mouth up high, out of reach.
  • Don’t leave knives or glasses near the edge of the counter, even if you think baby can’t reach that high.
  • Push chairs in under tables to discourage climbing
  • Cover sharp table corners with soft corner covers.

Bathroom

The bathroom is another room that requires careful baby-proofing. Even if you keep the door closed and don’t allow baby access, take measures to be sure the room is safe.

  • Secure the lid to the toilet.
  • Secure all cabinets and drawers.
  • Make sure that any medication is kept out of baby’s reach and in a locked cabinet.
  • Cover the tub faucet with a soft cover to protect baby’s head
  • Install slip-proof grips on the bottom of the tub

Bedrooms

Baby’s bedroom should be a top priority for baby-proofing, but don’t forget your bedroom and any others in the house as well.

  • Secure any cords that are dangling from blinds so that they are out of baby’s reach, or replace them with cordless blinds. No matter which blinds you have, try to place baby’s crib away from the window.
  • Make sure any furniture that could potentially tip over is secured to the wall
  • Do not keep any medications in baby’s room.
  • Cover all electrical outlets.
  • Make sure to drop the crib mattress to its lowest position when baby learns to pull up on the rail, to avoid a potential fall.

Other Parts of the House

Watch for potential hazards in the small sections of the house that might not be included in these rooms.

  • Place gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
  • Keep exterior, garage doors and basement doors locked at all times
  • Install outlet covers in hallways and entrances.
  • If you have a laundry room, keep the door closed and secured if possible. If not, consider installing a gate.
  • Keep all detergents and other cleaning supplies in a secure cabinet out of reach.
  • Place latches on closet doors.

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