Baby Proofing

From A Baby's Perspective

View your home from a baby's perspective

What better way to see how your little one will view the world than to get down to his/her level?

That’s right!  Simply get down on your own hands and knees and see what he/she will soon see.  

The best time to do this is early in your pregnancy, while getting on the floor is still somewhat easy to do.

And even better, get your better half down there too!  We all have little inner voices that tempt us in different ways.  You may find that the things you notice and reach for will be different than what your better half does. 

Father-baby-proofing

Make note of what’s available to you while crawling around like:

  • Outles
  • Cabinets
  • Drawers
  • Power cords
  • Sharp corners on furntiure
  • Unstable furniture
  • Electronics 
  • Plants
  • Toilets
  • Stairs
  • Bookshelves
  • Blind cords
  • Hanging tablecloths
  • Dishwasher/Oven

Keep in mind while you’re crawling around, babies are extremely curious.  They want to touch, feel, taste anything and everything they come across.

Make a list of everything you observe.  Now is the time to make a list of what safety steps and products you need to make for your home to be a safe haven for that little person long before they arrive.

You need to plan not only for the first couple of months, but for the next couple of years.  Babies can quickly go from non-mobile to zipping along and grabbing everything in sight.

What Kinds of Safety Products Do You Need

electric-outlet-covers
Electric outlet covers

Childproofing your home is an ongoing process.  You will need to stay several steps ahead of your little one’s growth and development.  If you start and plan early, you should have everything you need already in place before he/she can get into trouble.

Installing your safety gear early helps the whole family get used to them.  When these tools are a normal part of your home,  baby will not feel they are barrier just for him/her.

Here’s some things you’ll need on your list, but be sure to add whatever is necessary from your own baby perspective observations:

  • Cabinet locks
  • Electrical outlet plug covers
  • Baby gates
  • Door knob covers
  • Edge and corner guards
  • Bath spout cover
  • Drawer locks
  • Stove knob covers
  • Cord covers
  • Furniture anchors
  • Window blind cord winders
  • Toilet seat lid locks

Depending on what you found while crawling around, you may need other security items as well.  Be sure to list out what and how many of each item you’ll need to ensure you create a safe home for your baby.