In the blink of an eye, it seems your new baby will grow so fast that before you know it, he’ll be crawling and walking all over the place. Babies love to explore so before yours begins on his expeditions, take the time to baby-proof your place so he’ll stay safe. Here are some creative ways to keep your little one out of harm’s way.
Electrical outlets are dangerous things to leave uncovered. It’s easy to find outlet covers but if you need to travel, you can use duct tape to cover the outlets.
Gates are a great way to corral your child into a safe place. Sometimes they can be expensive though. Check your local pet store for a cheaper and just as effective option that will keep your child from wandering into the kitchen or toppling down the stairs.
In the baby store, you can find foam bumpers to stick onto the sharp corners of furniture. You can also make them yourself by cutting up pool noodles. It’s a more cost-effective way to keep your child from sustaining a serious injury.
Window treatments that have cords to control them pose a major danger to your child. You can have the cord replaced with a rod, but if that’s not possible, use Velcro straps to secure the length of cord and tie it up high where it can’t be reached by little ones.
Nothing is worse than seeing your child cry because they slammed their tiny fingers in the door. If you have an older child, you can bet that there will come a time when he will catch his little brother’s fingers in the door. Avoid the tears by using door bumpers, which you can also make yourself using more of those pool noodles.
When children figure out how to open doors, it can be scary when you realize your child has unbolted your front door and is now running amok in the yard. Stranger dangers not to mention cars on your street should definitely be on your mind. Installing a simple slide or chain lock at the very top of the door will keep even the most adept escaper safely inside your home.
Childproof locks are essential for most cabinets in your home. You don’t want to go to the bathroom only to hear dishes breaking in the kitchen and find your child gleefully smashing all he can grab. A great temporary solution is to use those plastic ties to keep the cabinets closed. When it comes to cleaning products though, don’t mess around. Put those high up on a shelf in your laundry room where they will always be safe from little hands and mouths.
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