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How to baby proof your whole house

When babyproofing a home, you have to baby proof your whole home. It’s not enough that you baby proof the area where your baby’s going to sleep in. You have to literally baby proof the entire house. This is especially true when your child already knows how to crawl or walk. But even if he’s not at that point yet, there’s no harm in taking care of babyproofing your entire home right now.

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You have to start right now. While it’s true that most babies start crawling at around 6 to 10 months, starting right now can help so you’ll have one less thing to worry about.

How to Baby Proof your Entire Home

Here are some of the things that you have to do:

  • Use furniture straps.

Strap up! Use furniture straps to secure your furniture and appliances like your TV. For heavier items, you should use anchor bolts. On the other hand, straps should be sufficient for TVs.

  • Use outlet covers.

Make sure that all outlets in your home are covered. Make sure to use the screw type variety of outlet cover. It’s harder to remove and doesn’t present as a choking hazard.

  • Install edge bumpers on edges of furniture.

You’ll thank yourself once your baby starts walking and bumping into things. These sharp points can cause a serious injury so make sure to cover them with edge bumpers.

  • Use baby gates.

Use them at the top and bottom of the stairs for obvious reasons. You should also use them to secure rooms that your child shouldn’t have access to.

  • Install window guards.

Window screens are not enough. Use window guards to prevent your child from falling through the window.

  • Unplug appliances when not in use.

This is to prevent accidents and injuries. In addition, plugged appliances are easier to pull since your child will have access to the cord. On that note, keep cords away.

  • Install smoke and carbon dioxide alarms.

Your child won’t be able to tell you if there’s smoke or carbon dioxide in the air so these are a must.

  • Use pinch guards on all doors.

There are far too many kids getting pinched by a door. Pinch guards are simple but very effective in helping avoid this.

  • Keep ash trays out of reach.

This is especially true if you’re using it. Once you’re done, make sure to empty it.

  • Remove all choking hazards.

As a general rule, anything that can fit through a toilet roll insert is considered to be a choking hazard. What you can do is get on all four so you’ll be at eye level of your child. Look around your home for potential choking hazards that your child may see and get access to. Remove them.

Other Steps to Follow

These are just some of the babyproofing steps that you need to do to baby proof your home. There are a lot more that you need to know. Know them with the help of this babyproofing infographic. {check it out, it’s really amazing}

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Linda is a homeschool mom of 2 and happily married wife of 1. Make-up and coffee addict too.

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