Childproofing your home is essential to keeping your baby safe. Be prepared to childproof the nursery, bathroom, kitchen, fireplace – any area of your house that poses a threat to your baby. // Parents.com
Waiting until your baby is on the move and crawling may be too late to think about babyproofing your home. In fact, even if you don’t have children, you should consider taking some of these budget-friendly ways into your own home and becoming a hospitable place for your friends or family members with kids.
The number one reason people babyproof their home is safety. Safety for the baby and safety for your valuables.
Again, even if you don’t have kids, remember that taking a few moments to babyproof your home before your friends with kids arrive speaks measures of your care and thoughtfulness. You don’t need to do all ten of these suggestions, but if you simply babyproof the main room right before they arrive, your parent-friends will notice.
“The trick to adequate babyproofing is not to assume that your infant sees everything the same way you do.” // Parents.com
1. Cabinet locks. If you are unable to purchase the dozens of plastic locks available, use what you already have like cookie cutters!
2. Screen your floor vents. Purchase a piece of tool, cut it slightly larger than your floor vents, take your vent out and wrap it in the tool. Place vent back down. Now you have a screened floor vent that the air is still able to pass through but your tot cannot drop toys, food, or wedding rings through!
3. Sanitizing your tot’s toys. We all know that a great house cleaner can be really expensive. Why not save a few dollars each month and stick your tot’s toys in the dishwasher?
4. Secure toilet paper rolls. You know how your two year old LOVES unraveling the entire roll of toilet paper? Take a hair tie and wrap it around your toilet paper roll. Your toddler will have no idea how to get around this!
5. Secure stair and balcony rails. Your toddler not only likes to climb any and every thing in sight, creating a danger for that balcony cliff, but he also loves to crawl through spaces he does not fit. Stair and balcony rails are really good at trapping toddler’s legs. Use this DIY railing guard to prevent those cute legs from getting stuck!
6. Don’t forget door jams. No more squished fingers! You can pick up a pool noodle for $1, cut it up and use it for multiple doors in the house. You can cover about 12 doors with one noodle. Try finding a neutral colored noodle to blend in! No more pinched fingers.
7. Secure doorknobs. Keep those babies inside! Some kids are able to get in and out of any door. Here is an extremely budget-friendly way to babyproof your doors. Cut a hole into a tupperware lid and make a door handle cover. To leave, you simply unscrew it.
8. Babyproof stove knobs. These are a must have if your stove knobs are on the front of your stove, making them extremely accessible to your baby and even your older children.
9. Soft table corner anti-collision cushions. You’ll notice very quickly that your growing baby doesn’t quite notice those pointy and sharp-edged corners!
10. Mesh window guard. These are great, especially if you need to keep your windows open frequently. Your heart will stop every time you see your baby or child leaning up against the open window, against the screen, knowing how incredibly flimsy it is! The guard is very easy to install and will ensure extra safety.
Doing these thing around the house can mean the difference between a dangerous and a safe home for your baby. They are inexpensive and easy to do, but go a long way.