Baby-proofing Your Home

Before you know it, your baby will become a lot more mobile — rolling, scooting, crawling, or even pulling to a stand. And she's also going to get much better at grabbing, holding, and moving things around. That means it's time to do some childproofing. Here are a few tips to help you get a jump on battening down the hatches:

  • Move things out of the way. Appliances, breakables, and cords should be moved up and out of reach. Be especially careful to keep these items away from the crib and from the bathing and diaper changing areas.

  • Get lower for diaper changes. Start changing your baby's diaper on a lower surface — even the floor — where he can't roll off and hurt himself. If you continue using a changing table, keep one hand on him the whole time you're changing him.

  • Clear the crib. Keep large stuffed animals, bumpers, and pillows out of your baby's bed so he can't boost himself out.

  • Prevent crib falls. Move the crib base/mattress support down so she can't fall over the top rail.

  • Watch out for sharp corners. Put corner guards on table edges to prevent painful knocks and scrapes.

  • Bar the stairs. Set up barriers at the top and bottom of the staircase so she can’t climb up or down when you’re back is turned.

  • Cover the outlets. Cover all electrical outlets, even if they’re too small for her little fingers.

  • Use cupboard door latches. Keep little ones out of cupboards with dangerous or breakable items such as medications, cleaning products, glasses, etc.

Watching your baby discover more of her world is amazing. Take these steps to properly childproof your home, so she can explore her surroundings while staying safe.