Once your child becomes mobile everything instantly turns into a potential hazard. This has forced my husband and I to become minimalists, which I’m totally loving. As soon as my son began crawling he couldn’t get enough, and now, at yearly a year he doesn’t stop moving. If you feel a bit overwhelmed at the thought of baby proofing your home, check out these tips.
This one is a biggie for me. If you have items laying around that don’t serve a purpose store them for now. It’s not worth keeping decorative items on display if you have to move them away from your child. Plus, when my son knows he can’t have something it just makes him want it more (I wonder who he gets that from). Don’t be afraid to store items like books, CDs and paper items. I bet you wont even realize they’re gone.
Other items that may be worth temporarily storing:
- Coffee tabletop items
- Decorative bowls
- Anything breakable at a low level
- Find a new place to feed your pets (my son tries to eat the cat food way too often)
- Find a safe place for any poisonous things like cleaning products, medicines, etc.
What to Buy
I certainly try to save money when I can, but there are certain must have items that are worth investing in. It is a good idea to get down on the floor and scope things out – see what your baby sees every day and this will give you a good idea of hazards.
Here’s my must have list of baby proofing items:
- Gate for stairs (make sure it secures into the wall or has a tension rod). Also, once your child can climb, this may become a whole new hazard.
- Cabinet locks for the kitchen and bathrooms. Try to cook or get ready without them and you’ll understand why these are awesome. I do leave one cabinet filled with baby friendly items for my son to play with, but make sure to be nearby so your child doesn’t catch their hand in the door.
- Outlet covers
My motto is always to prevent something I can control. I can’t control when my son decides to cry for no reason, but I can control how safe I keep him. It’s easy to think your child is safe, but it’s not worth taking any risk that could cause serious harm.
- Secure furniture that could fall (be sure to read this article on why this is ever important)
- Make sure curtains and blinds can’t be pulled down
- Secure windows and doors to prevent accidents
After your childproof your home you should feel safer, but know that there will still be accidents. It’s impossible to prevent everything, especially when your son falls on his face for losing his balance! Check out some new ideas for outdoor fun to get away from the indoor hazards!