On Friday, we talked about all of the products to think about when it comes to babyproofing and quite honestly, it is all a little overwhelming. You start to look around your house and see it as a danger trap (or at least I did). It is generally thought that the majority of your babyproofing should be complete before/when your little one starts crawling. We thought we would put together a handy, printable checklist to that goes room by room to help you streamline the seemingly overwhelming task of babyproofing. We’d love to hear from you on what works for you in your house!
Refer to our Babyproofing Part I post for product recommendations to check each of the above off your list. We did loads of research to find some of the best products out there as well as highlight the various options for products with the same function.
As you may imagine we did lots of research for both of the babyproofing posts. In addition to our “online” research we live this everyday. As the mom of a very busy-never-stops-moving-exploring-and-climbing 15 month old my best advice is to teach your babe at an early age what is okay to touch/play with and what is not. The day Eloise started exploring our condo, at about six months, we started to tell her “no” when she neared objects that were off limits. Things like the mirrors that securely hang on our walls, the vases that sit on the floor, the media shelf, etc. This doesn’t mean she doesn’t try to touch them because she does all the time. But it usually involves a hand a few inches above the mirror and a look in my direction to see if I am going to stop her…I do and she moves on. Obviously, this is only one aspect of a babyproofing strategy and we have our entire house babyproofed with every product we talked about on Friday. It probably goes without saying that given both aspects (the teaching and the product back up) complete supervision is still required. But Eloise does know very well what she is not supposed to touch in our house. Again, this early teaching is just one element of babyproofing but something that has proved to very effective in our house. At the end of the day Eloise can’t being to fathom how dangerous it is to climb on to a dresser. And even though I watch her all day long there are still times she escapes my sight and it only takes a second for a tragic accident to occur. Bottom line, my advice to you is do what you think is best for your family but know there is nothing to “over the top” when it comes to your precious little ones safety.
We are not babyproofing experts by any means but real mom to real mom we hope this two part series as well as our baby safety month post have been helpful to you. There are loads of babyproofing professionals out there so if you are unsure or uncomfortable about anything you may consider consulting with them to ease your fears. Of course, we’d love, love to hear your tips, tricks and recommendations for keeping your home safe for your family!