It’s natural for new parents to feel concerned about making their home safe for a baby. From checking your outlets to storing chemicals properly, this guide will walk you through different ways to make sure you have a safe space for your growing family. Here are six helpful tips for babyproofing your home.

Babyproofing Your Home: Anchor Furniture to Walls

Falling furniture is a leading cause of serious injury to babies and toddlers. Many furniture pieces, such as bookshelves and dressers, can tip over if a child pulls or pushes on them. Use anchors to secure large furniture pieces to the walls to keep them in place. Wall anchors prevent furniture from tipping over and causing injury.

Install Gates on Stairways

No matter how closely you watch your baby, they may crawl away without you noticing. To ensure your child stays safe, install gates at the top and bottom of any stairs in your home. Anchor the gates to the wall or directly into the railing so the device is secure if a child leans on or pushes it.

Cover Electrical Outlets

Babies and toddlers are curious by nature, and they’re always exploring. Electrical outlets are particularly dangerous for small children, as they are typically installed lower on the wall. Cover exposed electrical outlets with safety caps or a plastic outlet cover to prevent accidents.

Secure Windows and Doors

Install window guards so children cannot fit through and fall out when your windows are open. Use door knob covers on exterior doors to keep kids from leaving the house on their own. Add alarms to windows and doors to alert you if they’re opened for an added layer of security.

Keep Chemicals Out of Reach

Many household cleaners, detergents, and other chemicals are dangerous for babies and toddlers. Store them in a locked cabinet or high on a shelf that is out of reach. If any cabinets are within reach, install child safety locks to keep children from accessing them.

Be Mindful of Cords and Strings When Babyproofing Your Home

Curious children may reach for blinds, window curtains, and other items with strings and cords. To avoid injuries, ensure cords are out of reach or completely removed. Be aware of electrical cables and secure them away from the grasp of small children.

Babyproofing is a simple yet essential task to ensure the safety of your little one. With these tips, you can rest assured your home is safe for your growing family.

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