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10 Quick Home Baby-Proofing Tips


New parents have just about a million responsibilities to consider when bringing a baby home for the first time. From keeping the baby comfortable, to figuring out a name for him or her, to adjusting to the baby's schedule, there's simply a great deal to keep track of. But none of these concerns are as important as the one that will occupy your life as a parent for years to come: keeping the baby safe.

Much of the process of keeping a baby safe involves hands-on attention, but it's also important to make sure that the home environment is made safe for the baby. So, here are 10 quick tips for baby-proofing your home.


1. Cover Sharp Corners
Coffee tables, mantle corners, table legs, etc. can all hurt your crawling baby with sharp edges and corners. Find soft bumpers to cover these edges with, and your baby will stay uninjured.

2. Get Cords Out Of Reach
Whether it's the hairdryer or the television, electronic cords can be dangerous for babies. Get these cords out of reach, or tape them to surfaces, so that your baby can't strangle him or herself.

3. Use Non-Slip Mats
At first, your baby won't do much moving around without help, but even for the first stages of crawling it's a good idea to have non-slip mats in and around wet areas. Bathtubs and sinks in particular can offer slippery floor surfaces that your baby can slip on.

4. Cover Outlets
Babies are often fascinated by outlets, and try to stick their fingers into them. This can obviously be disastrous, so investing in outlet covers is a must. Aim for sliding covers, rather than plugs, as the plugs themselves can be choke hazards.

5. Upgrade Insurance
Unfortunately, an injury to your baby is always possible. While baby-proofing, you should also talk to your Aviva insurance provider about health or home insurance for injuries.

6. Secure Or Remove Lids
Toilets, toy chests, and other household items with lids can slam shut onto babies, causing pain and injury. Tape these lids into a set position to help avoid these problems (or remove them altogether).

7. Remove Hazards From Reach
From makeup, to cleaning materials, to some foods and drinks, hazards are all over the house! Make an effort to keep them high and out of baby's reach.

8. Close Off Stairs
You certainly don't want your baby taking a tumble down the stairs, as this can lead to serious injuries for a newborn. Buy a pet gate to section off the stairs, and this will never happen.

9. Get Plants Out Of Reach
Plants may not make your average "hazard" list, but you'd be surprised what a baby finds tasty. Try to keep leaves and dirt out of reach of curious little hands.

10. Use Baby Monitors
Finally, employ baby monitors. Again, you can't prevent all injury, but you can take steps to monitor your baby at all times. The most important thing is being available to help.

Do you have any advice for baby proofing your home?

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116 comments

  1. Hi! You've got a great blog here and I'm your follower. I'd love it so much if you could follow me back via GFC and Bloglovin :) it'd be great to keep in touch!
    <3

    http://tanyasoyer.blogspot.com/

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  2. These are great tips! We are actually just about to baby proof, and I didn't even think about the toilet seat or the fact that he could slip on throw rugs in our kitchen. Thanks for sharing!

    The Grass Skirt

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  3. My baby is 7 months and becoming VERY mobile! My worst fear is him finding some random object (courtesy of my 3 year old) and choke on it :( Im CONSTANTLY picking up the floor!
    Great tips :)

    -Christa @Young&Restless Blog

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  4. Great tips, I will pin this post on pinterest, specially new mother's need to have this information. Thank you!

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  5. Those spongy things that you put on doors so they can't slam shut on little fingers.

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  6. All great tips! We already have our home babyproofed because Emma is in everything.

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  7. Fab tips! One I would add is to keep the kitchen door closed at all times. In our house, the living room is joined to the kitchen, and I was forever finding my darling son in the drawers and cupboards - he's now 4 and I'm hoping by the time Baby B is up and walking that he'll help keep him occupied!

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  8. We are juat about to have to do it all again. Downside being a far too independent 3 yr old into the mix this time

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  9. I have a newborn too, he just turned 2 months and really adorable. Indeed, we need a lot of baby proofing to do. Love your site!

    ♥LUanne PAng

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  10. I wouldn't have thought about the non-slip rugs.

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  11. Those are all great tips! You can never be too safe when it comes to babies.

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  12. Wonderful tips! I am sending this to my sister so she can check and make sure she has done these!

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  13. I haven't got a child just yet but will definitely remember these for future :)

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  14. Sharp corners and baby monitors are SO key!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  15. Great article. I'll be forwarding to my daughter as little grandson is just starting to get about

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  16. My 6-monther is starting to think about crawling... thanks for the tips!

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  17. Thanks, some very handy tips there.

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  18. Great post, thanks!

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  19. Great tips - though personally I daren't have removed the toilet lids as both my children loved posting things places they shouldn't!

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  20. Excellent ideas,thanks!

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  21. These are some great tips, not for me just yet, but definitely something to keep in mine for the future!

    http://www.loveamybecca.co.uk

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  22. Would never have thought about plants! This is a great list

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  23. Good common sense tips. Some things kids just seem to have an innate ability to get into though. Many underestimate an infant's strength! My mum, when all my nieces and nephews (I have 11 of them) were small, was always trying to make things around the home child-proof (that's an oxymoron!). She had lots of cupboards with doors that just had knobs to open and she was always tying rope between the two handles so little fingers couldn't easily open cupboard doors. Sometimes our home resembled Fort Knox!

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  24. Thanks for all the tips - hadn't even considered plants as a hazard!

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  25. you can never be too careful when it comes to the safety of children, some great tips here @mandsmanc

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  26. table corners covers are a must! saves nasty head bangs

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  27. those tips are great! thank you :) x

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  28. Your tips are brilliant, im going to show this blog to my sister xx

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  29. great tips i have two dare devils on my hands lol

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  30. Great tips which will be useful for first time mums

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  31. Brilliant tips, especially plug socket covers.

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  32. Some great, practical, helpful tips! Thanks for sharing this! X

    LAURA HARRIS

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  33. great tips thanks for sharing x

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  34. Justine Allwood-Hewitt19 May 2013 at 15:54

    Great tips! I'll be sure to share them with my family :)

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  35. fab! baby proofing very important

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  36. Thanks for the plant tip! I never would have thought of that!

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  37. Great tips, I would add to secure large items like a television. A child in my State recently died because the television fell on her.

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  38. Thank you for the tips. :-)

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  39. I dont think you can ever truly baby proof a house, they will always find some way to have an accident, but nice handy hints and tips.

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  40. What great tips, these will be useful once baby is here! xx

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  41. Love this blog not so sure about the bloglovin though. Fab ideas!

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  42. I didn't realise there was quite so much involved.

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  43. My daughter was so well behaved we never had to worry much about moving ornaments etc however my son shows a whole new level - anything he can get at he will so the above info is a great help :-) x

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  44. These are all great and important tips. It is scary to think that some parents don't think about these things.

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  45. Great tips. C's only just started in his walker - now the fun starts!

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  46. Biggest tip I can give - grow some eyes in the back of your head. YOu'll need them!

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  47. Awesome tips, I'm gonna come back here when we're pregnant!

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  48. Great tips, I have two boys and my eldest is into everything at the moment.x

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  49. great advice and tips for parents

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  50. Great tips. However my Sophia is just too wild that we'll even have to get new furniture to stop her from climbing haha.

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  51. Good tips... particularly for first timers

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  52. So essential to baby proof everything!!

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  53. Fantastic tips. My son is currently obsessed with closing doors so door stoppers have proved invaluable!

    Hele

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  54. Good tips- however some of the things and conttraptions invinted now a days to baby proof your house are also adult proof I have found! haha

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  55. Great tips! We're expecting our first this fall so these will definitely come in handy. I'll be pinning this!

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  56. I don't have any babies of my own, but this is great for my sister. I pinned it for her :) This is great for any first time momma! Thanks!

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  57. stair gates is my main one, i keep most of the dangerous stuff in the kitchen so i just close the whole room off unless they are supervised

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  58. Great tips; sent to my sister.

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  59. Looks like all the basis are covered. I've never gone through this as I'm not a mother.

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  60. very handy tips and advice

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  61. Great tips, i need them. My little one has just started getting everywhere!

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  62. Very good tips - especially the plants one - id have never thought of that!!

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  63. These are some great ideas! Everyone with a baby needs to do this!

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  64. Great tips :) I need to start doing all of this asap!

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  65. Katie Matthews22 May 2013 at 10:04

    Great tips :)

    Make closing stair gates a habbit, I am forever going to friends' houses who leave them open?!?!?

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  66. The fun part is when the child sees the very bright and zero blended colour safety feature and thus removes it... and stands on it normally, creating a scary unbalanced moment...

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  67. My child can beat through any proofing, we call her Conan lol

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  68. good tips, my daughter has recently started crawling and we were totally unprepared

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  69. My little girl is only 7 weeks old and already we're looking at all the changes we'll need to make so is great to see these tips :)

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  70. fantastic blog. and great tips

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  71. really useful info, brill post xx

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  72. i think the most important thing is to close off stairs and cover your outlets! babies are curious lol great post!

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  73. Great post. It's so easy to overlook little things.

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  74. good blog..great ideas for gran here

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  75. My baby is due in 3 weeks and I haven't even considered this! Better get a move on

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  76. Plants and babies do not mix :-)

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  77. great blog and tips,wish i found this BEFORE my litlle one starting PLANTING things in my flower pots!!!

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  78. great tips for gardening, think its time for my 18 month old to get planting xx

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  79. great tips for gardening, think its time for my 18 month old to get planting xx

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  80. Fab, great tips we all need to remember!

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  81. Bookmarking this for when I have a little one :)

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  82. love your blog

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  83. Baby proofing is allways so much fun lol..but it seems its only up for 5 mins before you take it down again, time goes so fast.

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  84. Great baby/toddler proofing tips xx

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  85. SOmetimes, no matter how careful you are, accidents happen. We will be showing Rosie what happens to fingers if you stick them in door and window frames using a piece of celery....I hate doing that as it does scare the kids but they've never forgotten it could be their fingers getting hurt if they aren't careful with doors and windows.

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  86. great tips, also would suggest securing furniture to walls like chest of drawers etc, anything really that they could potentially pull down on top of themselves.

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  87. Got some amazing tips here, some of which I wouldn't have even thought about!

    www.leeshastarr.com

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  88. Awesome tips! will have to use these with my niece!

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  89. Great tips but if you have a son like mine you'd need to watch him every second of every day. He managed to climb out of his playpen by stacking toys up, at 2 he opened the kitchen cupboards we'd baby-proofed so that was a waste of time and the worst was he could even unbuckle his seatbelt! Now that was scarey. You can never have enough hands and eyes to be on them when they are mobile, or even sitting still. Best of all is when they are asleep!

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  90. These are great tips! Ones I will need to stow away for the future!

    kieranhoneybee.blogspot.com

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  91. My daughter once yanked a loose cord and an iron landed on her foot- we ended up in a&e

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  92. Some really good tips there. Thanks for sharing.

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  93. Can I just add one tip ... make sure your TV is well secured. In the distant past, a child could never pull over a CRT TV, however with the new slimline models, accidents can and do happen, luckily not to me and my family, however that doesn't make it any less distressing.

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  94. Very interesting blog. A lot of blogs I see these days don't really provide anything that I'm interested in, but I'm most definitely interested in this one. Just thought that I would post and let you know.above all tips are really nice.

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  95. Hey Kerry, and everyone.. Just to give you a heads up that I created a similiar. It's like baby-proofing tips that Kerry created on this page, but a bit more up-to-date and packed with a load more tips: 101 Baby-proofing Tips — The Ultimate Guide for a Safe Home. Thanks for your time and I'll see you around!

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