The Basics of Babyproofing Your Home

When your infant is very young, you can place them on a play mat, far away from any hazards, while you whip up breakfast or throw in a load of laundry. But one day when you least expect it, you’ll look up to find your little explorer crawling across the room.

It happens in the blink of an eye, and a house full of furniture, steps, and more can be dangerous for a curious baby. That’s why it’s a good idea to babyproof your home before your baby is on the move—or even before they're born.

Your first step? Get down on all fours and explore every room of your home from a baby’s point of view. You’ll be able to find potential dangers you may have missed, like sharp furniture corners and loose wires. Here are some ways to keep your home safe for your little one.

  1. Block staircases. Install child safety gates at the top and bottom of all staircases.
  2. Cover electrical outlets. To prevent babies and toddlers from sticking tiny fingers or objects into electrical outlets, cover them with outlet covers.
  3. Safeguard doors and windows. To keep toddlers from entering certain rooms—or darting out the front door—use door locks or childproof doorknob covers. Finger guards can protect tiny fingers from getting pinched in doors. And to prevent children from getting entangled in window cords, install cordless shades or blinds or use cord winders to corral the cords.
  4. Pad sharp corners. Got tables, bookshelves, or other furniture with corners that baby could run into? Cushion them with corner guards to prevent injury. You can even buy corner guards for fireplace hearths.
  5. Secure furniture and TVs. At some point your toddler will try to scale your furniture or pull up on dressers or other heavy pieces. To prevent furniture or flat-screen TVs from tipping onto them, secure them to the wall with furniture and TV straps.
  6. Lock cabinets and drawers. Store cleaning products, medicine, alcohol, and other hazardous materials out of reach of children. It’s also a good idea to lock the cabinets you keep them in, as well as drawers and cabinets containing sharp or breakable objects. There are many cabinet and drawer locks on the market to meet your needs.
  7. Cook more safely. It’s best to keep baby out of the kitchen while you’re cooking, of course. But to be extra safe, install an oven-door lock, a stove guard, and stove knob covers to keep your baby from getting burned.
  8. Make the bathroom baby-safe. Use toilet locks to keep lids closed. Protect little heads from hard bath faucets with a bath spout cover. And lock cabinets and drawers containing toiletries, hair tools, and other potentially dangerous items with cabinet and draw locks. Check out our full selection of bath safety items here.