How to get your house baby proof
Hiding the remote control Remote controls, beyond having batteries, are covered with fire retardants. This means teething babies should find something else to chew.
Pens, permanent markers, and paints – This could be a huge headache and mess to clean up if not properly stored. Our toddler has sneaky ways to obtain things even on high shelves so sometimes we have to be more creative by using a locked drawer or a locked upper cabinet.
Anchoring TVs & Dressers – Anything that can tip over if pulled should be safely secured. In just a moment, something could easily fall down on a child severely injuring hem or worse.
Hiding electrical cords – They can get in the way and be a tripping hazard in general, they can be a danger when babies start crawling, and they can become for dangerous outlet curiosity. In fact, they’re even attractive for teething babies.
Don’t forget the Garage – paints, oils, sharp tools – If your child ever walks into the garage, those are likely the things they will go for. Just following you when they’re supposed to, a split second moment in a garage or basement could mean your child gets something they shouldn’t. Just be mindful of main thoroughfares and walkways since it’s not an area your child would normally be in.
Even in spaces they may not be or supposed to be, it’s good to be mindful of how things are situated.
Sweep Often – This may sound funny but you never know what may crop up. We have actually found a spider in our daughter’s diaper and one time we even find a tiny piece of flooring. Thankfully both times she was fine, but it’s something she found and could have been a bad situation.
Insecticide along perimeter – This does not necessarily mean chemicals either.
You can use food grade diatomaceous earth to prevent harmful insects from entering your home inside or outside on your perimeter. Again, our daughter was ingesting spiders at 6 months old and we only know this from the spider legs we found in her diapers.
Protect Toiletries – Many things like floss don’t have child-proofing. Floss can become scary especially if they get it wrapped around their necks. Other things like mouthwash and fluoride should be kept closely guarded.
Chairs that roll – Our daughter loves to stand on the office chair every moment she can sneak in there. This means office doors stay closed. We also have to be mindful when she’s in there with us because rolling chair can also be a hazard to little toes and fingers, but also if she climbs up on it and pushed off the desk.
Audio receiver – We have a stereo that is within reach of our children because it’s on a low entertainment center. Once our older daughter accidentally turned it on and blasted it as loud as it would go while playing with buttons and knobs.
Makeshift staircases – Be aware even of anchored dressers because drawers can function as makeshift staircases for the creative and dare devil child.
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