As we wrap up our ‘Creative Series’ we figured what better way than to talk about baby proofing your home. You shouldn’t wait until your little one starts crawling to think about baby proofing your home. Time flies once baby arrives and before you know it he or she will become mobile and you will be caught unprepared. Take careful measures to view your home from the vantage point of your child, there may be hazards that are out of sight to an adult but at the perfect height for an infant. Below are a few creative ways to baby proof your house.
Creative Baby Proofing:
- Baby proof sharp corners by wrapping the edges with foam pipe insulation or pool noodles that can be purchased at a dollar store or your local home improvement store. Start by cutting the pipe to a length that will allow you to wrap the corners of the table or piece of furniture. Next cut a V shape in the middle of each corner and fold around the corner joining in the center. If you would like to protect the full edge of the table as opposed to only corners, you can cut a piece of foam to run the full length of the table.
- Packing and Electrical tape can be used to hold almost anything closed from cabinet doors and toilets to trashcans. The great thing is it will not leave a sticky residue when peeled off!
- Hair ties or rubber bands can be used to keep cabinet doors closed.
- To prevent cords from hanging out from behind electronics use a zip or twist tie to hold cords together and tuck them out of reach of your little one. If you really want to organize and hide your cords you can do so with cord concealers – just be sure to cover up those outlets!
- Put small objects that may pose a choking hazard into jars with lids to keep baby from putting into their mouths.
Even if you think you have thoroughly assessed your home and baby proofed accordingly you will be amazed at what your little one can get themselves into once they become mobile. Keep these creative ideas for baby proofing your home handy and consider creating a toolkit of pool noodles, packing tape, rubber bands and zip ties for those unexpected baby proofing moments.