3 Easy Ways to Baby-Proof Your Home
Take Care of the Obvious
Some areas of your home are inherently dangerous to kids. The first thing I did was block off my daughter’s electricity access with some basic outlet protectors. Then I got rid of any breakables or hazards at ground level. Next, I put child locks on any easily accessible cabinets and drawers. Since everything seems edible to a baby, I made sure things like bathroom cleaner and dish soap were locked away from tiny hands. I didn’t have a second floor or a basement, but if you do then it’s a good idea to place child gates at your staircases to prevent accidents. Once you’ve covered the basics, proceed to phase two.
Storage is Your Friend
I didn’t realize how many belongings I didn’t want broken until I released a curious baby into my home. My solution was to pack it all out of sight. Young ones have yet to wrap their little brains around object permanence, so out of sight really is out of mind. I bought a chest-high cabinet for my front room that held the majority of what I previously had laying around, and it was a nice touch to my decor too. You can easily find a variety of storage options that will match any room in your home.
Have Age-Appropriate Distractions
Your little one will be less inclined to wreak havoc on your home if they have some fun toys to play with. Teething rings and rattles are great for the early months but won’t hold their interest forever. Notice what kinds of toys your child favors and run with it. My daughter had a fascination with anything that lit up or played music, so I always knew when she was having a good time. If you don’t want to hear “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” 50 times a day, there are plenty of silent alternatives.