Complete Guide to Baby-Proofing Your Home


Complete Guide to Baby-Proofing Your HomeThe best time to think about making your home  safe for baby is when you’re still pregnant. You might not realize it, but while you are pregnant you have more time and energy to devote to baby-proofing your home.  Deciding what needs to be done to baby-proof your home may seem daunting but there are resources to help.  Doing research online and attending classes available for expecting parents will help ensure your safety list  is checked off in no time.

To begin, enter each room in your home and make a list of what needs to be done. Keep in mind that the room will be seen from the perspective of an infant or toddler so you may want to get on the floor and crawl around a bit. Depending on how pregnant you are, or how you feel, you may want your partner or a friend or family member to do this. Once you are at their eye-level, you will begin to see what your child might get into once they start to roam around.

You will also find a variety of baby proofing products at baby and hardware stores. Here are some of the things you need to start thinking about:

Safety Tips

  • Use stair gates at top and bottom/secure balconies
  • Secure furniture
  • Never leave your baby unattended on a changing table, couch, high chair or in a stroller
  • Never leave your baby/child unattended in a bath tub
  • Cook on the rear of the stove and turn handles toward the back of the stovetop
  • Keep knives out of reach
  • Install safety latches
  • Check for lead paint in your home
  • Install a fence around, or drain, pools
  • Check that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order

Helpful Products

  • Cordless window coverings
  • Window guards (windows above the first floor)
  • Corner guards for coffee tables
  • Did she suggest others? Doorknob covers, cabinet locks, etc? Just seems like a short list

Keep Out of Reach

  • Electrical cords
  • Electrical outlets – use plug covers or place behind safely secured furniture
  • Plastic bags
  • Matches, lighters and candles
  • Fireplaces and space heaters
  • Irons and ironing boards
  • Buckets
  • Guns
  • Small objects that can be easily swallowed
  • All poisons (plants included)
  • Medications and vitamins  (use child safety caps)
  • Cleaning products
  • Gasoline and other fuels (such as lighter fluid)
  • Foods that present a choking hazard

This list will get you started in creating the safest possible home for your new baby. Each home is different so be aware of items not listed. It’s important to take the time to make your home a safe one!

Christine Marlo, ICCE, Maternal Child Education Coordinator, Renown Children’s Hospital