Your little one is on the move and into mischief? Let’s get into how to baby proof the nursery & bedrooms! One of the first places babies are left alone is their nursery, so that has to be a safety fortress!
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How To Baby Proof the Nursery & Bedrooms
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If you have an old school metal bed frame that sits under the bed, then you have those pesky little legs that make you want to die when you stub your toe on them.
Grab a pool noodle and cut it down to size. Make a slit up one side and wrap it around the leg. It’s usually a good idea to duct tape it closed so your little one doesn’t use it as a toy!
Window Coverings & Cords
Make sure curtains, drapes & blinds are well secured to the frame of the window. If your child can reach them, they can hold on with their dead weight and destroy them pretty easily.
Tie or throw your curtains up over the rod for a few months.
If you have blinds that have a cord hanging down, get a cord winder or a hook to wrap it around high up on the wall.
These are especially handy if your kiddos is up on the second floor, locking the windows prevent them from throwing things out the window or climbing and falling.
Dressers & Bookshelves
Use furniture straps to secure all furniture to the wall. Kiddos are like monkeys and they will find a way to climb up. You don’t want them to pull anything down on themselves!
Outlets & Wires
For any empty electrical outlets, grab plug fillers. If something needs to be plugged in, get an outlet cover and wrap as much of the cord into it as possible.
Kids can so easily strangle themselves with the tiniest of cords or wires.
Make sure any decorations up on wall is out of reach and secured. Do not place anything breakable onto a dresser or piece of furniturethat can be wobbled.
If there is a closet or room door that you don’t wish for your little one to open, grab a child proof handle cover. Kids find a great time to experiment with new skills is in their room in the middle of the night.
Most flat screen televisions come with a structure to secure furniture/TV straps to. Either secure a TV to the wall with a wall mount or secure it to the wall with straps. If a kiddo knocks a dresser off balance that is strapped to the wall, it will tip…if there is a TV on top of it that is not strapped down, it will come right off of the dresser and right on top of your little one.
If you have a chic dresser, bookshelf, chair, or desk, consider putting bumpers or corner guards so your little one won’t smack their head on a sharp corner or edge.
Some corner guards can be considered a choking hazard. Make sure it is well mounted to the surface you are placing it on.
Be sure to check the room for small items that could become choking hazards. A general rule is if it can fit entirely into a toilet paper tube, it can be a choking hazard.
Get down on your hands and knees and look in every nook and cranny. Vacuums and brooms can leave little pieces behind and when was the last time you moved the bed to clean beneath it?
This is a complete conversation of it’s own! Check out my 20 Crib Safety Tips!
Bed Rails & Bumpers
There are a ton of fun products for once your little one moves to a big kid bed especially if you have opted for a regular bed over a toddler bed.
Crib rails and bumpers can keep them from rolling off their bed in the night. After being used to 4 rails around them at all times, their bodies tend to do some exploring once they get into a big bed.
If you’re moving them to a big bed, consider removing the fame and box spring so that if they do roll off…or jump off, it’ll only be a foot or so until they get to the ground.
A video monitor is especially wonderful to keep an eye on your little one. Our monitor from Hello Baby also has a built in thermometer so you can keep your kiddo comfortable at night.
We have our mounted on the wall and use a command hook to keep the cord at least 3 feet from the crib.
Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
If there are any detectors in your kiddo’s room, make sure they’re working and go ahead and replace the batteries while you’re making all of these updates. The last thing you want to have happen is that horrific beeping to start in the middle of the night and wake everyone up.
Changing pads typically come with little straps to “keep your little one on there”…Let’s be real, nothing can keep a toddler from escaping the changing pad.
However, they may also come with furniture straps to secure them to the wall or dresser/table that they’re on top of. Changing pads can be a bit slippery so you want to keep those in place while you wrestle your toddler for a diaper change.
If your little one is spoiled rotten with toys, get a toy box to keep the mess at bay BUT choose the right toy box. Make sure it has ventilation if it is closed (they are just like little forts in their eyes). It should have a soft close lid that won’t pinch any fingers. You won’t want any sharp corners to worry about.
Those fun door stopper spring they love playing with? They usually have a rubber end that the door hits that can easily pop off and become a choking hazard.
Remove those springs and get yourself some hinge door stoppers that will keep your walls and your kiddos safe.
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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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