Babyproofing your home can be an overwhelming concept. When I was pregnant I felt the days of latches and outlet covers where so far in the future for us that we ended up not including much on our baby registry. The days and months moved quickly and now so does our little Sydney. I am constantly playing catch up and wishing I had known some of the products that I would need. So we thought it would be great to showcase some of our favorite babyproofing items that can be added to your baby registry to give you a jump start for when your little one arrives.
1 – Safety Gate(s): These are not just to protect from stairs. We use ours between the den and the kitchen which was great to keep the dog at bay while Sydney was super tiny and now it works great to keep her contained since she is on the move.
When it comes to baby gates, there is an abidance of options for both function and aesthetics. From traditional to ones that blend a bit more seamlessly with your home decor. This one from North States is a highly regarded metal gate that attaches with tension knobs (ie, no drilling). It can open both ways and has the ability to remain open should you desire. Another option for tough-to-fit-spaces is a retractable gate which also works for outdoors (think deck stairs!).
While they are very basic, you do have a couple choices. One option, the traditional outlet covers you just simply stick in the outlets. Another option are plates that replace your existing outlet plates ones. The plates have sliding covers that automatically close when a plug/cord is removed. And yet a third option is an outlet plug cover which are boxes that are placed over outlets while the cords are plugged in. These could be a pain for outlets in which you were constantly plugging/unplugging but definitely add an extra layer of safety especially for those outlets with cords in them at all times.
3 – Cabinet and drawer latches: Latches may not be needed on all cabinets so take note of what are in your lower cabinets before purchasing or plan on rearranging. For example, we have all the cleaning supplies in one latched cabinet under the sink but the other lower cabinets have tupperware and baking sheets that are OK for Syd to play with- supervised of course! Also, don’t forget to think about putting some sort of mechanism on drawers that may be within reach.
Again, lots of options in this category and the most important thing to think about is what is in the cabinet. If it is cleaning supplies, medicine or another very hazardous substances you need something that absolutely cannot be broken through. The traditional sliding locks are great as well as these magnetic locks which require a magnetic key to open. Neither require drilling or spacers and are easy to install. Both models make it near impossible for a curious little toddler to get past. Another, bit more mild option are latches like these. Still a very secure option but not quite as much as the previously mentioned options.
6 – Door Knob covers: These are good to use on all doors to keep your little one contained as well as to prevent pinched/smashed fingers. Before deciding on a knob cover that works best for your home take into consideration the type of door handles you have and where you plan on using them.
Endless options in this category as well and ones that fit almost any type of knob. There are these that go over handles to prevent an entrance or exit and a supped up version version that is both a lock and pinch preventer. The latter mounts on moulding/a door frame so it is not handle specific.
7 – Toggles for blind/curtain strings: Sydney loves being able to look out the window so placing toggles on all of our blinds strings to keep them out of her reach was important- but honestly it makes the whole blind look neater without alot of extra string hanging down.
There are the simple, blind cord blind cord wind up type devices or these more fancy cord clips that actually suction to the window and keep the cords completely out of sight. Either way, this is a really important piece of babyproofing.
8 – Appliance locks: Sydney is very fasinated with the kitchen (hence the safety gate we have up). Since she is pulling up on everything we have started installing appliance locks to prevent an oven door coming crashing down on her or some other unthinkable accident.
Like the door knob covers, appliance locks really depend on the what you have in your home (don’t forget the laundry room). You should think about your refrigerator/freezer, oven, stove, microwave and any other seemingly out of reach appliances because toddlers are creative! These from Kid Co are universal and work for various appliances in the home and are easy for adults to use but not for kiddos.
9 – Furniture secures: I have such a fear of furniture falling on Sydney that it is border line irrational. Securing your furniture to a wall or fixed object so important. Sydney can move fast and it would only take one time pulling up on a loose bookcase or hitting the television to have a castrophe.
Again, securing furniture depends on the set up in your home. But think about things from a child’s perspective and when in doubt, secure it! Furniture straps work to withstand force (which is what you want) ie, a child pulling against it versus holding weight. These are easy to install and aren’t as visible as some other types of babyproofing. Other than major furniture pieces think about large mirrors, vases or other decor items that may be on the floor and pose a danger. And just in case you needed something else to think about… think about potential “crash hazards”. It may be wise to pick up an glass/breakable vases, hurricanes, decor, etc that could be dangerous if a fall were to take place.
10 – Bath tub spout cover: We recently started taking baths in the regular bath tub and while Sydney loves to splash she also thinks it is fun to stand up in the tub to hold on to me (shes a scurmmy thing) so buying a spout cover was essential to try to protect her from bumping her head on the metal ledge- so far so good!
Lots of great options out there – this one from Puj is soft and friendly.
11 – Temperature tester: I had always been told to use my elbow to test the water for a bath to determine if the temperature was alright but I tend to question myself since I tend to like my showers hot. We showcased the 4Moms Infant Tub with built in temperature guide here. If you use4moms temperature gauge it doubles as a spout cover so you can mark #10 off your list! A more low key option is a floating rubber duck temperature gauge that says “hot” on the bottom. If the water is too hot the word “hot” becomes white.
12 – Fireplace guard: When I was coming up with this list I was initially thinking of the soft foam padding we have placed around the brick edge of our fireplace so that Sydney does not hit the sharp edges. We never use our fireplace so this is enough for us. However they make full on metal gates that completely enclose your fireplace to prevent your little one from even getting close while burning a fire. The choice really comes down to how you intend on using your fireplace.
Obviously, this is ALOT of info and we are by no means suggesting you add each and ever product we mentioned to your baby registry. Baby proofing
can be is overwhelming and this list is intended to provide some guideance as to what you may need to babyproof your home. Granted every home and family are different so take your time and go step by step, room by room. Most, if not all of the items included here are not necessary for bringing your little one home. But hopefully this is helpful in preparing you what lies ahead and what you can do keep your family safe.
Do you have any other items that you using that are essential for babyproofing? Let us know, we are constantly learning and growing ourselves!