As a parent to two young boys, there is nothing more important than protecting my children from the dangers around them. My husband and I recently bought a new house. With a new house comes the job of baby-proofing all over again. But this time I was more strategic about it. Before we moved in I went into each room and took note of what needed to be baby-proofed. There were new potential dangers that we didn’t have to think about at our first house. So I made a note of each problem area and was off to the baby store to find some safety solutions.
The first potential danger I saw was with our sliding glass door. Our three-year-old is smart. He quickly figured out how to unlock this door and slide it. Of course we don’t want him leaving the house without our knowledge. So we bought a sliding door child lock that prevents the door from sliding even if he were to get the lock open. It is at the top of the door so there is no way he could disarm it.
Our new house has a second story, whereas the first one didn’t. After hearing a story of a boy opening a window and falling out I knew I wanted locks on all the windows. These window locks were easy to install and give me so much peace of mind. I know my boys are safe when they are in their rooms upstairs.
We keep all cleaning products in a safety-proofed cabinet. I like these Grip and Go Cabinet Locks because my preschooler can’t outsmart them.
The first floor is one big open space. That means that while I’m cooking dinner they may be trying to play at my feet. Since my 20-month-old is all about reaching up these days I didn’t like that he is tall enough to touch the stove. So I purchased this stove guard. Now I know his little fingers won’t get burned while I’m trying to make a meal.
Obviously outlet covers are a must in any home. Babies and kids seem to be drawn to outlets like a magnet to a refrigerator. We protect little fingers with these easy to use outlet covers.
The staircase was probably the biggest worry for me. We never needed baby gates at our last house so this was new territory for us. But we definitely wanted to get one for both the top and bottom because at the time our youngest couldn’t climb stairs yet. We chose to get two gates that wrap around banisters. Adults can swing them open and shut easily and protect kids from falling down the stairs.
These are only a sampling of the ways you can baby proof your home. There are so many options for any hazard you might find.