4 Basics for Baby Proofing your Home

I recently teamed up with Erin Holdgate from Zillow to present to you…

Four Basics for Baby-Proofing Your Home

A safe home is a happy home, especially for new parents.

Preparing for your bundle of joy is an exciting, overwhelming and even costly experience at times, but baby-proofing the home is an important part of the process. Start with the rooms you anticipate spending the most time in, and make further evaluations once you’ve covered the basics.

Here are four baby-proofing tips for your home.

Fill and Block

Your baby will begin exploring the world with their hands in no time, so take steps to protect those little fingers. Place outlet covers over all unoccupied sockets, and try to conceal as many electrical cords as possible. Apply zip ties to keep the cords on DVD players and gaming consoles from hanging close to the ground, and protect your baby from the sharp edges of furniture with bumpers and corner guards. Finally, anchor all bookshelves, TV stands and other topheavy furniture to the wall to prevent tipping.

Keep Them Corralled

The majority of homes on the market in Orlando, FL were built in the 2000s, so there’s a good chance they have two stories. Safety gates should go at the bottom and top of stairs to prevent your baby from climbing up or falling down. Also, gate off rooms you don’t want them to enter, such as pet areas, dining rooms and laundry rooms. Kids are great escape artists, so opt for a gate with a complex latch that your little one is less likely to master.

Lock It Up

As your baby becomes more active, you’ll have to cover more ground. This means extending your babyproofing efforts beyond the living room and nursery. Start with doorknob safety covers on doors to other rooms, as well as the kitchen pantry, and place latches or locks on cabinet doors and drawers that hold silverware and scissors. Locks are especially important for the under-sink cabinets, a popular location to store dish detergent and cleaning supplies. You can always double up the armor on these chemicals by storing them in a large tub behind the locked cabinet.

Use Your Height

When your baby begins taking those first wobbly steps, they’ll most likely reach for anything that can stabilize them. Get down on the floor to see the world through their eyes, and remove anything that they might try to grab—like shiny votive candles or spiky houseplants. Are there forgotten game pieces under the couch? Does the doorstop cover come off easily? Move potential choking hazards to higher grounds. Install curtain cord wraps next to windows, or use a clip to hold cords up high, and consider storing laundry detergent and additional cleaning supplies on the top shelf of the linen closet.

Every home is different, but it’s vital to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for your baby. Make sure to do your research to determine the next steps and additional products you need to  baby-proof your home.

~Erin Holdgate

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