How to Baby Proof Your Home

Make sure the house is safe and secure for your child when they start exploring their turf.

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Expecting a bundle of joy or know someone who is? Get ready for the big day with the tips in this Howcast video series. You'll learn how to baby proof your home; negotiate maternity leave; prepare a toddler for a sibling; make a pregnancy belly cast; get ready for your due date; plan a baby shower; make a diaper cake; and much more.

You Will Need

  • Blankets
  • A smoke and carbon monoxide detector
  • Batteries
  • A cell phone
  • Wall socket plugs or coverplates
  • Baby monitor batteries
  • A carpet cleaning service
  • A small toy box

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

    Make sure every room in the house is equipped with a working smoke and carbon monoxide detector.

  2. Program emergency numbers into your home and cell phones' speed dial. Include poison control, your doctor, and your spouse's number.

  3. Step 2

    Cover sockets

    Cover all unused electrical sockets with child-resistant coverplates.

  4. Step 3

    Store toiletries and makeup in a hard to reach pla

    Lock alcohol, household cleaning products, laundry supplies, medications, toiletries, and cosmetics in a high cabinet.

  5. Step 4

    Turn down the water heater

    Turn down the water heater's temperature. If your baby crawls near the water heater unit, they can get burned. Keeping it at a lower temperature also cuts the risk of burns from hot running water.

  6. Step 5

    Deal with furniture

    Deal with furniture. Cover tables, fireplaces, and anything else with sharp edges with thick tablecloths, soft blankets, or pillows. Secure bookshelves, entertainment centers, and bureaus to walls so they don't topple over. Apply a stain guard to upholstered furniture and carpets to protect them from spills.

  7. Step 6

    Stow away your refrigerator magnets

    No matter how cute your refrigerator magnets are, they can be a hazard. Little ones like to chew on small items, so pull all magnets off the fridge and store them in a safe place.

  8. Step 7

    Shorten blind cords

    Shorten drapery and blind cords out of your baby's reach. They can be a choking hazard.

  9. Step 8

    Create a baby toy box

    Keep siblings' toys away from your baby's room and common areas so that your little one isn't tempted by small parts. Create a designated baby chest or toy box with only their toys.

  10. In the U.S., a fatal injury from poisoning, a fall, suffocation, or burns occurs every 16 minutes.

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