Toddlers’ curious natures are one of the things we love most about them but are also what makes them a hazard to themselves! Here are some ways to make sure their environment is as safe as possible to avoid “accidents” of all varieties.
Welcome, fellow moms, to our baby-proofing blog—a space dedicated to ensuring our little ones explore the world safely and fearlessly! At Moms on Call, we understand that parenting is a beautiful adventure filled with countless joys, but it’s also a journey that demands vigilance and careful preparation.
From curious crawlers to intrepid explorers, our tiny adventurers need a secure environment that nurtures their curiosity while keeping them out of harm’s way.
Join us as we dive into the world of baby-proofing, sharing practical tips, expert advice, and stories from the trenches. Together, we can create a haven where our little ones can thrive, allowing us to embrace the wonder of motherhood with peace of mind.
So grab a cup of coffee (or your preferred beverage), put your feet up for a moment, and let’s embark on this joyful and empowering baby-proofing journey together!
Baby Proofing Musts
- Outlet protectors (We like these and these.)
- If you have older ones, make sure all of their small toys are out of the baby’s reach.
- Anchor furniture (bookshelves, dressers, etc.). We see a bookshelf; they see a ladder!
- Safety locks on windows, doors, and cabinets
- Electrical cords are out of reach
- Cover furniture corners that are sharp
- Gates at the tops and bottoms of stairways
- Keep hand sanitizers out of reach. These are highly poisonous (even in small amounts).
- Always have the number for Poison Control handy. It should be programmed into your phone, family members’ phones, and the phones of anyone else caring for your baby.
Get down on all fours and look at everything from your baby’s perspective!
This seems silly, but it’s a great way to see the world from your baby’s eyes for baby-proofing purposes! Keep a toilet paper roll handy when you do this to use as a guide. If it can fit through the toilet paper roll, it is a choking hazard for your baby.
While you’re down there, ask yourself:
- What could the baby get into? Or pull down?
- Plants (Put them on an elevated, secure surface.)
- Lamp wires, things on an entertainment stand, etc.
- What will the baby run into?
- Lookout for corners (fireplaces, tables, etc.)
- What could the baby find on the floor and put in their mouth (or anywhere they shouldn’t)?
- Small toys
- Wires (Make sure electrical outlets are covered.)
- Animal food/litter (Raise or place in a closed room.)
Every baby is different. My first could not have cared less about exploring cabinets. So, of course, the second time around, I figured I did not have to worry about that. SO WRONG. Our youngest found her way into every single cabinet! Thankfully, the baby-proofing learning curve is quick, and by following the simple guidelines above, you will be well-prepared so that you can keep your curious little one(s) safe!
Moms on Call provides simple, sensible parenting resources to sleep, feed, laugh, and love birth through toddlerhood. Our Online Video Courses and books are also great resources with safety tips throughout!