Babies are so cute, and so curious. Never put anything past those toddlers! Baby proof your baby’s nursery and your home to keep your baby safe.
There are so many ways to bring up the safety level of practically every room in your home, and it’s really not too complicated! Let’s start with the nursery, where your baby will probably spend the most time.
How to Babyproof Your Nursery
So, let’s start with the crib! Before putting your baby to sleep in the crib, here are some important details to check for.
Mattress: The mattress needs to be firm, so that it won’t contour to the shape of the baby’s head. There shouldn’t be more than a 1” gap between the mattress and the crib frame.
Slats: Crib slats shouldn’t be more than 2 ⅜ inches apart, to prevent baby from getting their head or limbs stuck between the bars.
Sides: Fixed sides are so important. If you’re using an old crib, make sure it’s not a drop-side crib! These cribs have actually been banned by the Consumer Product Safety Commission due to safety reasons.
Mobiles: The string from a mobile should never be more than 7 inches, since longer than that can prevent a choking hazard. According to the NACHI, once your baby is learning to sit (this will be at about 5 months old), all baby mobiles from Tiny Love, My Baby Sam, or any other baby gear baby gear brand should be removed from the crib. They’re great for when your baby’s tiny, but once they learn to sit, it’s time to get new toys to keep them entertained.
Crib Location: Picture frames, paintings and mirrors should never be hung on the wall by the baby’s crib. The crib shouldn’t be placed right underneath a window either, since the cords from the blinds or curtains can pose a safety risk.
Bare is Best: Toys should be kept out of the crib. Monitors should always be placed out of baby’s reach, since they can present a strangling hazard.
Now, let’s move on to the rest of the nursery room!
If you want to have a rocking chair or glider in the room, try to get one with a stop-lock mechanism for safety. You can put window guards on the windows to prevent them from being opened more than a few inches. Sliding outlet covers should be placed over all outlets, in all rooms, really.
Some people use sleep sacks instead of blankets. Some daycares even require them. Blankets can be a suffocation risk, and sleep sacks aren’t, that’s why people use them.
Make sure changing tables and dressers in the baby's room are secure, and can’t be tipped over, and be sure to set up any diaper changing pads in safe places. Some parents even anchor these pieces of baby furniture to the wall.
How to Babyproof Your Kitchen
You know that precious moment in time when your baby finally figures out how to open a cabinet? At the beginning it’s so cute, but when you’re trying to make supper and baby’s working on emptying out all the pots from the cabinets, it’s really not so funny.
Luckily, there are cabinet safety locks that you can get to keep those pots, pans, cleaning products, and other kitchen paraphernalia out of your baby’s reach. We got locks that are mounted on the inside of the cabinets, to keep your kitchen looking pristine.
Other products that will keep your kitchen safe include stove-knob covers, an adhesive-mounted safety lock for your fridge door, and a trash can with a lid. Portable appliances, such as a toaster oven, urn or microwave, should be set up in a place where the cords will not be accessible, and baby cannot pull on it.
How to Babyproof the Rest of Your Home
For bathrooms and laundry rooms, our most essential tip is to keep the doors of those rooms closed. However, in case the door is left open, it’s important that there are locks on the bathroom cabinets, and detergents and other cleaning agents are not left where baby can reach them.
The living room is pretty simple to baby proof. There are table corner guards that can be placed on those sharp corners of furniture. Make sure to get outlet covers for any outlets that are within your baby’s reach. We love these outlet covers - they're so neat and blend in really well.
Blinds and curtains should be cordless, of course, and baby safety gates can be used to keep your little one out of the rooms they shouldn’t be in.
Babyproofing your home can be tedious, but once you get down to it, it doesn’t take too long to get through it! Keep your baby safe, and start baby proofing your home today!