Child Proofing the Home Once Baby Begins to Walk

Your baby has become mobile and is walking all over the place. Sure it was great to witness their first steps and their center of gravity shifting, but now you’ve realized that the safety latches and gates aren’t enough to keep them detained anymore. It has many moms asking, what now?

To really understand how to child proof your home, you need to see your home from your child’s perspective. It’s a good idea to literally get down on your hands and knees to get a birds eye view of what your baby sees. Keep in mind that babies will pull anything that is in reach. This could be: window cords, curtain, tablecloths, doors, knickknacks, etc. Below are some tips on how to child proof your home, well, for each room in the house.

The Nursery

-Drop the crib mattress as low as it will go
-Remove the mobile because your baby can now stand up and reach it
-Move crib away from any windows or curtains
-Switch toy chests to ones without lids, this will prevent your baby from getting fingers pinched or worse getting stuck in one.

The Kitchen

-Put appliances in storage places instead of on counters
-Install safety latches on refrigerator, freezer and even oven doors
-Install guards on stove and oven knobs and always turn pot handles towards the back when cooking
-Put safety latches on all low cabinets and doors as well
-Store all cleaning supplies in a cabinet up high where baby can’t reach or get into
-Lock away plastic wraps and tie bags in knots to avoid any suffocating hazards
-Remove fridge magnets because they may choke baby if he/she gets a hold of them

The Bathroom

-Remove all appliances with cords, such as: curling irons/flat irons, blow dyers, electric shavers, etc.
-Place a safety lock on the toilet
-Secure medicine cabinet and store shampoos and other soaps in a locked cabinet

The Garage or Backyard

-Install an auto-reverse motion sensor on your garage door, this will make it re-coll if it detects any motion
-If you have a pool, be sure to install four-sided isolation fences that are at least five feet high
-Secure sliding glass doors with safety latches and locks

Precautions for the Rest of the House

-Use window guards, which will prevent any window from opening anymore than four inches. Also make sure you window coverings are cordless
-Secure heavy furniture and paintings to the wall to prevent them from falling
-Put objects that are breakable, like vases and knickknacks high out of reach
-Put baby gates in place at the top and bottom of all sets of stairs
-Remove all potential choking hazards
-Block electrical outlets with outlet covers
-Put plants out of reach, be sure to pick up any leaves or petals that may fall
-Put locks on doors to home offices and exercise rooms