Lowell is in full get-into-all-the-things mode. He’s pulling up on cabinets, pulling things out, trying to climb onto windowsills. He nearly made it inside the fireplace the other day.
Yeah…. we needed to baby-proof the house a while ago.
Of course, we know to plug the outlets, secure the dressers to the wall, and keep sharp objects out of reach. We have the cleaning products and other chemicals behind a Tot-Lok. As we go back through this process, though, I realized there were a lot of other hazards that were easy to overlook.
You’d think having 2 babies grow up in this house before him we’d already have all this covered, but as the kids got older, we became less vigilant. We put the blinds back up when we thought we would put our house on the market. We installed new cabinets, and didn’t put cabinet locks back on them.
We’ve taken for granted that the 3 year old and 6 year old don’t put everything in their mouth anymore.
I’ve partnered with Allstate on this sponsored post, and interviewed one of their experts on household hazards. Together we came up with some commonly overlooked hazards for babies in our homes.
1. Things that can fall off your media center- We have to be careful the kids don’t leave things like gaming remotes and other long cords hanging down, or Scott and I don’t leave the iPod cord hanging out. Oops!
Also, I feel like this goes without saying, but so many people unfortunately overlook this- SECURE YOUR TVS TO THE WALL! The Allstate expert recommends looking for earthquake safety devices for this if you can’t find them amongst baby-proofing items.
2. Blinds and blind cords- This is something the pediatrician has said is one of the most dangerous and people just don’t think of it. Babies can pull on the cord, get wrapped up and choke themselves. Additionally, the plastic piece at the end of the cord can come free or break off and become a major choking hazard. We had our blinds completely off when the older two were babies. Now, we at least have them pulled up, and the cords tied up out of reach, but I’d like to take them back down.
1. Pantry- Beyond keeping this closed off so that babies can’t try to pull up on the shelves, also consider what you’re keeping within reach for them. Heavy cans that are at their level can potentially injure them (and their wee toes) if they pull them off of the shelves.
2. Your purse or bag– Consider where you might plop that down. Keep it zipped when they are little, move to high places when they learn to use zippers.
1. Electric cords- Be sure the baby monitor or sound machine aren’t plugged in within baby’s arm’s reach from the crib. Baby can pull the cords into the crib with them and get tangled up in them.
Scarily, I learned this lesson when Kendall was a baby. I heard him fussing, and found him in his crib with the monitor cord pulled around his neck. I had NO idea he could reach the outlet near his crib. He was barely mobile.
2. Door stopper spring plastic caps- You know those springs behind most of your doors? Do they have little rubber caps on the end of them? Most likely, it’s really easy for a baby to pull those right off and put them in their mouth. Take them off of all the springs in the house before baby starts crawling. Those door stopper springs are baby magnets! They’re bound to find them.
1. Shaving razors- Even if mom and dad keep their razors out of reach, and off the sides of tubs and sinks, make sure your guests don’t leave any behind, especially if they use a bathroom your kids frequent more than you do.
2. Items around the toilet. The plunger & toilet bowl brush are, for some reason, very interesting to a baby or toddler. When they are little, they are just investigating everything, which includes seeing how things taste. Babies are disgusting.
Do you have other commonly overlooked baby proofing suggestions? I’d love for you to leave them in the comments!
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