How to Baby-Proof Your Home
Since Dr. Glover and I are first time parents, learning how to baby-proof our home was a new concept for us. In fact, the whole concept of a new human to look after was brand new to us! From feeding our little guy to entertaining him, all of it was new.
We both had limited experiences with young children outside of visiting with nieces and nephews at holidays. I worked at a daycare many years ago, in my high school years, but taking care of children in that setting is totally different. Dr. Glover adjusts children, even babies, but having a baby of our own to be responsible for 100 percent of the time was an amazing experience and very eye-opening!
I did some basic research about baby proofing. We’ve had to buy more baby equipment to help us along the way to make it easier. We also have a home with all tile and hardwood floors, so we had to learn what worked for Gunnar to be able to crawl and experience freedom. Once he found freedom, he was crawling everywhere and pulling up on everything.
Here are some ideas based on our recent experience with a curious, mobile baby.
How to baby-proof your home
- Cover sharp furniture edges. Take a look around your home and identify any furniture or fixtures with sharp corners. You can use blankets, bubble wrap, or padding to cover those sharp corners.
- Put rugs down over hard floors. We put down washable rugs on our tile floors so we could easily throw them in the washer after a week. We have two dogs and they shed lots of hair, so washable rugs were a must for us. We wanted to protect Gunnar’s head and knees as much as possible though.
- Move rocking furniture or unstable furniture out of the baby’s play area. We have a rocking ottoman, and we quickly learned that we had to relocate it so Gunnar would not hit his head on it trying to pull up or rock it back and forth.
- Move collectibles out of reach of your baby. If you have low cabinet shelves in your kitchen island, make sure the shelves do not have items that may hurt your baby if they pulled them off the shelf, for instance, glass or other breakables. Other areas to check for unsafe objects include fireplace mantels, low wall shelving, bookcases, television consoles, foyer tables, and dressers.
- Cover electrical outlets with plastic outlet caps. You can also move furniture in front of the electric outlets. The outlet safety caps are very inexpensive and can prevent accidental electric shock. We put them in every electrical outlet in our home once Gunnar started scooting around the house.
- Move all cords and strings out of reach of your baby. This includes all blind cords and electrical cords. Also, looped cords can be a choking hazard for children so be sure to put your blind cords out of reach.
If you have to do something that requires both hands, always put your baby in a safe place just in case. You can use a playpen or your baby’s crib. Sometimes parents need to use the bathroom and need a safe place to put the baby- can you relate? I have put Gunnar on the rug in the bathroom with me. My preference is to use his crib if I have to go out of the room for some reason. I like to always have an eye on him, so the crib works well if you have a baby monitor installed. Make sure your crib is lowered so your baby doesn’t pull up while he/she is in there playing for a few minutes.
Babies can go from being not very mobile to very mobile within a day or two. Be sure to look around at your baby’s level when sitting or crawling to be sure you have everything out of their reach.
Drop your ideas below, we want to hear! How did you baby-proof your home?