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Checklist for a Baby-Proof House

Learn how to keep your little one safe this Baby Safety Month.

Our checklist for a baby-proof house includes tips for all rooms in your home.

It seems to happen overnight – tummy time morphs into full-house exploration. As your little one grows, they become exceptionally skilled at grabbing everything they shouldn't, from cabinet knobs to drapery cords. That’s when a baby-proof house becomes your #1 priority. Achieve a little peace of mind by checking the following list:  

All Rooms

You'd be amazed where those little fingers can fit – including into electrical outlets. Keep babies safe from shock by keeping unused outlets covered throughout your house. Try self-closing outlet covers that reveal the outlet with a simple, child-proof sliding feature and automatically close when not in use.

Power Cords
Stray power cords are easy to grab – making it easy for baby to pull lamps from end tables and computers from desks. Make sure cords are secured to the wall, well organized, or are out of reach behind furniture. Leave as little slack as possible. 

Open windows are dangerous for tiny explorers. It’s easy for little hands and fingers to push through insect screens. Avoid placing furniture directly in front of windows and keep a close eye on your child when windows are open. Install replacement windows with double locking points, like those by Renewal by Andersen®  for added security.

Staircases to basements or upper levels can be hazardous for crawlers. Use a secure baby gate to prevent falls and avoid playtime near your stairs.

Kitchen & Bathroom

Cabinets and Drawers
Little ones may be tempted to open cabinets and drawers and find pots, pans, and cleaning supplies. Installing door and drawer locks or latches keep babies away from dangerous items. 

When loading or unloading the dishwasher, it just takes a moment for a child to crawl in and grab sharp utensils or reach inside the detergent drawer. Make sure your child is away from the dishwasher when you're loading or unloading, and keep the door closed and latched, if possible, at all other times. 

Keep your bathroom door shut to prevent your baby from entering without supervision. When your kiddo is in the bathroom, keep the toilet lid closed, place all sharp objects in locked drawers, and securely store all cosmetics and medications to prevent accidents.

Living Rooms and Bedrooms 

Secure all furniture that could fall over – even if it seems unlikely. IKEA's MALM dressers made the news after six babies were killed when dressers toppled over. Be sure to secure any heavy piece of furniture your baby may be inclined to climb, like bookshelves, armoires, and dressers to make your house baby-proof. 

Draperies and Blinds
Cords from draperies and blinds can pose a strangulation hazard, so keep them out of children’s reach. Blind and roman shade cords can quickly be shortened or you may choose to update your window treatments to a cord-free option. 

In the nursery, you'll want to take extra-special precautions with the crib. As soon as your baby starts to pull up on furniture or other objects, make sure to remove anything he or she could reach from a standing position inside the crib. You'll also want to make sure the crib is free of extra objects like toys and fluffy blankets until they're toddlers; these items can be a suffocation hazard and function as foot-props to help your little one escape. 

You’re now armed with fool-proof steps you can take for a safe and baby-proof house. It may sound silly, but taking a crawling tour through your home on your own can pinpoint other potential dangers. Think like a baby.

For advice on major interior projects to get your house ready for an active toddler, give us a call at 608.442.0032 and we'll help you take the first steps (before your baby does!).