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How To Baby Proof the Living Room
Print out my Baby Proofing Checklist for later!
Anchor Furniture & TVs
Use furniture straps to secure any bookshelves, media cabinets, etc. Even if it is straight up and down or seems sturdy, your child will somehow monkey their way up to the top of it at some point.
Televisions need to be secured to the wall with furniture straps or should be on a wall mount. Most all TVs come with the structure to screw in furniture straps.
Pad Sharp Furniture
If you have a glass coffee table or any furniture that has a sharp edge or corners, grab some padding to keep those little heads safe.
A cheap alternative is pool noodles, but little ones can usually outsmart those pretty quickly if they’re not secured to each other or whatever they’re guarding.
Pad your hearth with a cushion that overhangs the front lip or get two bench pads and attach them to guard the top and front of the hearth.
Another alternative is a fireplace gate that will keep your kiddos at a safe distance from the hearth and the heat.
For a cheap alternative, if your kiddos don’t outsmart them too quickly, is to connect puzzle padding mats on the top and front of the hearth.
Remove those sharp fireplace tools and out them in the garage or shed.
Remove the gas key for gas fireplaces. Place it in a safe spot like the mantel.
Hide Remotes & Battery Operated Items
Remotes are one of the most fascinating items for babies. I have a few universal remotes that I got at the drug store for a few bucks to keep them amused without worrying about batteries.
If you choose to give them remotes to play with, remove the battery chamber plate and battery springs or glue/tape shut so there are no choking hazards.
If you have a fabulous library, place heavy books on bottom shelves so that if they are removed, they’re not falling on any sweet baby tootsies! (This applies for built in cabinets as well!)
Wall decor should be out of reach and fragile, sharp, or heavy decor should be removed from the top of bookshelves or cabinets even if they are secured with furniture straps. If they can be wiggled, something can fall off of them!
Empty outlets should be closed by plug fillers. If something must be plugged in, get an outlet cover and wrap as much of the loose wiring inside as possible.
Make sure curtain rods are securely attached to your wall. If your little one can reach the bottom, they can put their dead weight into it and hang on.
Consider throwing the end up over the rod to keep them out of reach, tie them up higher, or remove them all together for a few months.
If you have blinds that can be broken easily, consider pulling them up to a height that cannot be reached.
Cords & Wires
Cords from blinds should be packed in a cord winder, strung around an anchor on the wall, or for a cheap alternative, pull your blinds up and wrap the cord around them to keep everything out of reach.
If there are any loose cords within baby’s reach, consider securing them to the baseboards, placing them under wire organizers, or move whatever is plugged in for a better configuration.
Make sure your kiddo isn’t able to get out the front door or into any closets or utility rooms by adding some door knob covers.
If you plan on keeping doors open, invest in some cheap pinch guards or slit a pool noodle so that no one’s fingers get slammed.
Bottom and top of stairs is the number one place to get these gates in. If there is no door for your utility room or another area that is not safe for your little ones to go (kitchen, back door, porch, patio, dog’s food area, etc), place a baby gate to separate them from any potential dangers.
Secure Area Rugs
If you have area rugs that are not secure, add in a rug mat underneath or put some corner guards on to keep the edges from rolling up and becoming a trip hazard.
Get down on your hands and knees and check every nook and cranny. Might as well do a good vacuum or mopping after you pick up any small pieces left behind to get those dust bunnies hiding under the couch.
The general rule is if it can fit entirely inside of a toilet paper tube, it is considered a choking hazard.
If you have any potted plants, consider moving them to a location the baby cannot access. Fertilizer and mulch can be dangerously consumed or sloppily flung all over your floor.
Philodendrons and daffodils are toxic plants and should be kept away from children.
Check that any vines or ivy are completely out of reach so that they can not be pulled down.
Stairs & Banisters
If you have a multi level home, be sure to add gates to the top and bottom of stairs. Check banisters for large gaps so heads, arms, and legs don’t get stuck.
Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Double check that they are in working order and change the batteries while you’re thinking about it!
(800) 222 – 1222
Please take one minute to program the number for poison control into your phone! You don’t want to be looking for the number during an emergency!
They are available 24 hours a day every single day! You could save yourself an expensive trip to an emergency room on a holiday if you have this number handy!
If there are any guns or ammo in your home, take the steps to get them locked up! Do not let your child become a statistic!
“Accidental gun deaths occur mainly in those under 25 years old. In 2014, 2,549 children (age 0-19) died by gunshot and an additional 13,576 were injured.”
“In the United States, over 1.69 million kids age 18 and under are living in households with loaded and unlocked firearms, setting the scene for possible tragedy if firearms are not locked and stored properly.”
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