Let’s face it, it’s not something that you want to do, and it’s not something that you want to happen. Your little bundle of joy is going to one day get big enough to crawl, walk, and even climb over anything and everything he can. When this happens, you want to make sure that you are prepared.
Below I’ve gone over how to baby proof a house, as well as some objects that can make your home safer for baby and help give you better peace of mind that he will be safe as he starts to explore his home.
This one is super duper important! You want to make sure that you now mobile child doesn’t have access to these at all. Children at this age are naturally extremely curious. This leads to almost everything they get their hand on going in their mouths or anywhere else that seems good to put it.
Ideally, you will limit access to all of them. This includes any power strips or extension cords. Thankfully they have these awesome little covers that are pretty cheap and protect your little one from shocks.
You can browse and buy some HERE on Amazon!
Your whole house is a brand new area for your child to explore, but not everything may be safe for them to play with. Take a look around your house and see what you have and what your now mobile child has access to.
Anything sharp or pointy is definitely not a good choice for your little one to play with. Not only could they hurt themselves, but they could hurt someone else, a pet, or leave it somewhere where others could get hurt.
Breakable objects are off the playlist too. Eventually, much to many parents unhappiness, children will test gravity and start throwing things on the ground. It’s inevitable, so your best bet is to just make sure anything your child has access to is not breakable.
Special items that may be safe for your little one to play with, but maybe you don’t relish the idea of them playing with it. This could include sentimental items or older items that could be collectible or worth money.
Any item that has little pieces, or little pieces that can be broken off. Remember how I said that your little one will start to throw things on the ground? Yes, well we don’t want whatever they get their little hands on and throw to break apart. This presents a massive choking hazard and we do not want that at all. Not to mention damage or ruin whatever they throw.
This leads to anything that is smaller and can be a choking hazard. This really can be anything. The rule of thumb is anything that can fit inside a toilet paper roll. Anything that can easily fit is considered chocking size and removed from your little one’s access.
It all starts with crawling(usually), then walking, then comes climbing. As your little one starts getting around, their horizon is going to expand and they are going to be looking for new places to get to.
The first thing you are going to want to do is make sure that anything he can climb onto is either safe to climb on or is at the very least firmly attached or anchored down.
You are also going to want to make sure that anywhere that is climbable to doesn’t have anything that will be dangerous for your little one as well. In my case, that would be anything that I originally move up high to get out of his reach when he first started getting around on his own.
Your little one is going to climb, and you want to make it as safe as possible for him to do so. it is inevitable that he is going to fall down and get some owies. We want to minimize that as much as possible and make his exploring time fun.
Access to Areas
There are going to be areas of your house that you are not going to want your exploring little one to have free access too. These can include the bathroom, kitchen, garage, work/office area, or any other area that it would just be safer and smart to keep your little one out of.
When your little one is younger, all you need to do is keep the door closed. As he gets older, he is going to be able to reach those doorknobs and open doors. That is when doorknob covers come in handy. They make it harder for your little one to open the door.
There are several different types and designs, but I really like the ones that are a little more difficult for my little one to use. They have two button-like tabs on them that are pushed to open the door instead of just two holes that you can access the doorknob through.
You can find them HERE in a 4 pack from Amazon.
Baby gates come in real handy here too. Maybe where you want to restrict access doesn’t have a door. Or you are looking at your stairs and know that it’s just not safe for your little one to play on. Baby gates help with all of this.
Make sure you measure the opening to find the MINIMUM distance needed for the gate. Also, think of how much you are going to be going through it. Some gates have doors that allow ease of access while others are just a fixed gate that needs to be taken down to get past(unless you have very long legs lol).
There are so many styles, heights, brands, and materials that baby gates are made from these days. They also come with different latches, restrictions, and features. It really depends on what you are specifically looking for and the dimensions that you are trying to cover. Know what you want and need before you start shopping.
When you are baby-proofing your house, try to keep in mind that this is for your little one. Some of it may seem to be common sense, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
One of the best ways that I have found to make sure I got everything safe for my little one is to literary get on his level. So I will crawl around my house and see what he has access to and what he can reach and get into.
If it is not safe, then I know that I need to address it and make it either safe for him or remove it from his reach. Needless to say, there are many things that are now placed up higher and it makes it look like my house is top-heavy with stuff. But such is life when you have a little one roaming around.
Comments and questions are always welcome as are any additions or thought you may have. 🙂