The addition of a new baby is exciting, but don’t let the excitement make you forget about baby proofing your home. There are several steps to take to make sure your home is safe for your little one. Check out our tips for baby proofing your home below!
Hide Outlet Plugs and Cords
As your baby grows, so does their curiosity. Exploring is a great way for them to learn, but it can also get them into trouble – especially when it comes to loose cords and electrical sockets.
Eliminate any risk of electrical shock by installing outlet covers over any exposed electrical sockets. For extra security, make sure they require two hands to remove them, so your little one can’t accidentally pull them off. For cords, make sure they are well out of reach. TV cables can be tucked and hidden behind a sturdy piece of furniture, and blind cords can be tied up, well out of reach.
When your baby is learning how to stand, they’ll use anything around them to pull them up and support them; TV stands, chairs, bookshelves, dressers, nightstands, you name it. If they grab a hold and pull on a piece of furniture that’s top-heavy and unsecured, it could topple on to your baby.
To prevent any accidents, secure your furniture with wall anchoring straps. This way, your furniture is sturdily fixed to the wall and your baby can safely pull themselves up!
Lock Up Cabinets and Drawers
Babies and toddlers are the perfect height to explore your lower kitchen cabinets. This can be exciting for them, but troubling for you. It does have the potential for danger, especially if you keep your kitchen cleaning supplies under the sink.
A baby gate is a great option because it limits access to your kitchen and other areas you’d like to keep the baby out of. It’s also a good idea to install locking safety latches on your lower cabinet doors and to move your cleaning supplies and other chemicals up in a cabinet out of reach of tiny hands.
Keep the Bathroom Safe
Children’s curiosity knows no bounds, and that includes toilets. Once your little one can pull themselves up, they might be tempted to splash around in the toilet or to turn on some faucets. This not only exposes them to bathroom germs and hazards, but toilets pose a downing risk.
Install a toilet lock to keep your kiddo safe and turn down the temperature on your water heater. If they do accidentally turn on a faucet, there’s no chance they’ll burn themselves with hot water.
Baby Proof the Windows
Don’t forget the windows when it comes to baby proofing your home! Screens are a great start but aren’t enough to keep your child safe. Get windows installed that open from the top so they’re no accidents.
Make Your Custom Home Safer with Ridgeline Homes
Ridgeline Homes cares about the health and safety of your family and want to make sure that your new home will keep you happy for years to come. We also want to ensure your home provides plenty of space for your baby to grow. Ridgeline Homes is skilled in not only designing and building dream homes but homes that grow with your family. We’re based in Montrose, Colorado, and are ready to design the perfect home for you and your family!