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Tips to Babyproof Your Home

Learn how to babyproof your home to keep your growing baby safe. From storing unnecessary items to plugging sockets, this list of tips will help you make sure your little one is safe and sound.

Baby playing with toys.

21 Tips to Babyproof Your Home

Once your little one becomes mobile they will try to get into everything – and they're fast. One minute they're in the living room and the next they're playing in the dog's water dish. Here are some tips to make sure your home is ready for your curious baby.

  1. Kneel down on the floor to get a look at things on your baby's eye level. Dog toys? That's going in their mouth. Shoes? Those too. Lamp cord? Yep, that's getting a good tug. Make a list of everything that needs to be babyproofed so you don't overlook anything.
  2. Use safety plugs and outlet covers to keep unused outlets out of reach.
  3. Use door locks to control access to unsafe areas.
  4. Install stove knob covers and a stove guard to prevent burns, and turn pot handles toward the back of your stove when cooking.
  5. Keep knives, dishes, cleaning products, breakable items and other off-limits materials secure using cabinet and drawer latches.
  6. Use corner and edge guards to keep little heads from getting bruised. When babies start to pull up and cruise furniture, you’ll be glad you covered hearths, coffee tables and other corners.
  7. Install child safety gates to block stairways at the bottom and the top. Choose your gate carefully. Gates that mount with hardware are appropriate for the top of stairs. Pressure-mounted gates are appropriate for doorways. Also, make sure the gate latch is on the opposite side so your baby can't reach it.
  8. Prevent slips by clearing stairs of any objects you can trip on while carrying baby. Put non-slip pads under area rugs too.
  9. Secure windows with window guards, window stops and safety netting. Cut looped cords for blinds or drapes to prevent choking hazards.
  10. Put decals on sliding glass doors to prevent baby from bumping into them. Use fun, bright colored decals so they provide both entertainment and safety for baby.
  11. Move furniture and anything else baby can climb up on away from windows and window blind cords.
  12. Curious babies will pull on anything. Keep appliance cords, tablecloths, dish towels on oven doors, or anything else baby might pull down on top of themselves out of reach.
  13. Prevent falls from decks and other ledges by securing openings in railings wider than 4 inches with acrylic sheets.
  14. Anchor flat-screen TVs or other furniture that could fall over on a baby who's pulling up.
  15. To prevent hot-water burns, set your water heater no higher than 120°F.
  16. Get a soft cover for your bathtub spout to prevent your baby from bumping their head. Place non-slip mats in and next to the bath to prevent toddlers from slipping and to keep you steady when you're putting baby in (and lifting baby out of) the tub.
  17. Install a toilet seat lid-locking device to prevent accidents and baby playing in toilet water.
  18. Remove stuffed animals, pillows, or any other objects from baby's crib that could potentially cause suffocation.
  19. Make sure all changing table items such as lotions, creams, and other products baby could ingest are out of reach.
  20. Check for lead paint. If you have areas of paint inside or outside your home that are flaking or peeling, contact a professional for removal.
  21. Check the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher and first-aid kit handy for any emergency.
Good to Know

As your baby goes from crawling to walking, from infant to toddler, they'll be able to reach more things. Reassess how your home is babyproofed so it stays safe for your little one.