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Childproofing your home can seem like an impossible task. How am I supposed to make my entire home baby-safe? Rather than trying to go through every potential danger in your home inch by inch, try thinking about your home in terms of rooms. You can identify the objects and furniture in each room and go from there. Baby steps!
In your living room you probably have a couch, a coffee table, and maybe a few side tables or extra seating. Your main concerns here would be the corners on any tables you might have, the possibility of furniture tipping over, and drawers or objects that your baby could pull on. Your childproofing tasks would then include securing furniture to the wall with straps, getting bumpers or guards for sharp corners, adding latches or locks to drawers, and moving small objects to high places.
A bed is probably a given in a bedroom. You might also have a dresser, side tables, a closet, a rug, a bookshelf, or a vanity. Put on your home safety expert goggles, and you’ll be able to see drawers that should be latched or locked, corners that could use foam bumpers, heavy pieces of furniture that need to be secured to the wall with straps, and a rug that might benefit from a no-slip pad.
If you have a separate nursery; you probably have a crib, a dresser, a changing table, and maybe a chair or rug. You’ll want to make sure your crib meets all safety regulations [MS2] (no drop-side cribs, side slats shouldn’t be too far apart, etc.) and secure all heavy furniture to the wall. You’ll have the same considerations for drawers, doors, and rugs as you did in the bedroom.
Kitchens are cabinet city! So many fun doors and drawers to pull out and rummage around in. Consider using latches and locks on any cabinets and drawers your baby will be able to reach, especially if they contain something that could be dangerous. Any cleaning products or kitchen knives should be completely out of reach. You can also purchase stove knob covers and an oven door lock to keep curious tots from playing with them. Be sure to double check that your oven is secured to the wall.
In terms of safety, bathrooms are kind of like Kitchen 2.0. Secure cabinets and drawers, and be sure to keep cleaning products out of reach. Remember to secure your toilet lid and make sure your baby can’t get into the trash. Most importantly never leave your baby or toddler in there unsupervised.
Almost every room in your home is going to have a few things in common: flooring, outlets, doors, and windows. If you have loose tiles or a slippery rug, make sure you repair and secure that flooring. You can also use plug protectors in your outlets, use window locks, and use door stops or finger guards. Never rely on a window screen alone to keep your child safe while inside.
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