• Jen Bedard

Babyproofing 101

Updated: Dec 6, 2019

We may not think about it in our busy lives, but our homes can be potential danger zones for babies and young children. They don’t intend to cause an accident or sustain an injury, but by babyproofing our homes we can reduce the risk of anything happening when we are occupied or taking care of something else when curiosity gets the best of a young child. Here are some really easy and sensible ways to babyproof your home.

1 – Get Down to Their Level

One of the best ways to properly see what kinds of dangers may exist for a child is to see things from their interesting perspective. This means getting down to their eye level and taking a closer look at everything you see at that level. Then ask yourself what is within reach, what looks tempting and where could you go in your home if you could only crawl, toddle or baby walk. This exercise will show you the places that need attention.

2 – Use Barriers Where Needed

You can save yourself a lot of trouble and extra work just by blocking off areas of your home at certain times. The way in which you can do this without creating many new obstacles for you and the rest of your family is with baby gates. You can keep your child away from potential dangers by confining him or her to a specific room or part of your home that has already been babyproofed.

3 – Electrical Outlets Should Be A Priority

There are effective outlet coverings you can purchase at your hardware store that can cover them and when you are using extension cords, cover the exposed outlets with electrical tape. The idea is to have a barrier that prevents a child from sticking anything into a power outlet that does not belong, such as those cute chubby little fingers.

4 – Bolt Upright Items to The Wall

Cabinets, bookcases, dressers and appliances are hazards for children. Because they are not tall enough to see what is on or in them, children will tug or pull at things to access them. This can result in injury if a heavy item is pulled from a higher location. Where possible, attach these items to the wall to prevent anything from tipping over and falling.