How to Baby-Proof Your Home

Babies and toddlers can get into a lot of places you didn't think possible. Make sure your home is safe and sound for your little ones.

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Adorably Curious: Nothing is cuter than a baby, and no one is more curious! Here are some straightforward baby-proofing tips to keep babies out of harm’s way as they grow and explore.

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Nothing is cuter than a baby, and no one is more curious! Here are some straightforward baby-proofing tips to keep babies out of harm’s way as they grow and explore.

Cover Stove Knobs

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Turn for the Better: Babies’ toys often have knobs on them, which help with developing dexterity. But they also make turning any knobs available very tempting for little ones. Placing covers over oven/stove knobs reduces the risk of toddlers being able to grip, much less turn these knobs.

Babies' toys often have knobs on them, which help with developing dexterity. But they also make turning any knobs available very tempting for little ones. Placing covers over oven/stove knobs reduces the risk of toddlers being able to grip, much less turn these knobs.

Fasten the Fridge

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Inexpensive Fridge Hack: Little hands invading the fridge can be deterred with this clever trick: two sticky, non-permanent hooks and an elastic band. Place them higher on the refrigerator and the door will remain closed. Once you feel your child has a handle on fridge restraint – viola! It’s easy to remove the hooks.

Little hands invading the fridge can be deterred with this clever trick: two sticky, non-permanent hooks and an elastic band. Place them high on the refrigerator and the door will remain closed. Once you feel your child has a handle on fridge restraint—voila! It's easy to remove the hooks.

Add Latches to Cabinet Doors

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Behind Closed Doors: Lower kitchen cabinet doors that house chemicals or off-limits kitchen wares should only be accessed by grown-ups or older kids. Cabinet safety latches are easily installed with a screwdriver, and will keep doors from being opened.

Lower kitchen cabinet doors that house chemicals or off-limits kitchen wares should only be accessed by grown-ups or older kids. Cabinet safety latches are easily installed with a screwdriver and will keep doors from being opened.

Keep Them Distracted

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Keep Them Distracted: Brightly colored plastic bottles and containers that you deem safe can be kept in a bottom shelf or cabinet. This could keep baby engaged while meals are being prepared.

Brightly colored plastic bottles and containers that you deem safe can be kept in a bottom shelf or cabinet. This could keep baby engaged while meals are being prepared.

Create a Soft Landing

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A Soft Landing: A clean carpet that is soft enough for babies to play on yet tough enough to withstand wear and tear from toddlers can be an invaluable addition to a baby-proofed nursery. A strong water and stain resistant underlayment may save money and frustration over the years.

A clean carpet that is soft enough for babies to play on yet tough enough to withstand wear and tear from toddlers can be an invaluable addition to a baby-proofed nursery. A strong water- and stain-resistant underlayment may save money and frustration over the years.

Store Toys Within Reach

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Within Reach: Keeping toys and stuffed animals at baby’s level is a great way to keep them occupied with what’s theirs. Toys can stay organized in baskets to decrease clutter and help them learn how to put toys away. It’s a win-win!

Keeping toys and stuffed animals at baby’s level is a great way to keep them occupied with what’s theirs. Toys can stay organized in baskets to decrease clutter and help them learn how to put toys away. It’s a win-win!

Plug Unused Outlets

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Cover Up:Because outlets are down on baby’s level, they become a tempting danger. To prevent this, place outlet covers, caps or plugs in all outlets not in use.

Because outlets are down on baby's level, they become a tempting danger. To prevent this, place outlet covers, caps or plugs in all outlets not in use.

Hang Lightweight Artwork

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Keep it Light: Artwork hung above a crib should be lightweight, in case of earthquakes, or hanging hardware failure. There are many creative and unique DIY projects that are safe to hang in a nursery.

Artwork hung above a crib should be lightweight in case of earthquakes or hanging hardware failure. There are many creative and unique DIY projects that are safe to hang in a nursery.

Display Favorite Outfits

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Hang Your Clothes Up: It’s better not to hang heavy items over the changing table either, especially once baby reaches the ‘grabbing’ phase. Instead of a leaving the wall blank, consider hanging a soft baby outfit on temporary hooks for a stylish, removable display.

It’s better not to hang heavy items over the changing table either, especially once baby reaches the "grabbing" phase. Instead of leaving the wall blank, consider hanging a soft baby outfit on temporary hooks for a stylish, removable display.

Remove Glass From Framed Artwork

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Safe and Sound: Whether in earthquake country or not, you could consider removing the glass in front of any non-precious artwork in the nursery. You can also replace glass with plexiglass at a local framing store. The artwork will be just as fun but without the risk of injury should it break.

Whether in earthquake country or not, you could consider removing the glass in front of any non-precious artwork in the nursery. You can also replace glass with Plexiglas at a local framing store. The artwork will be just as fun but without the risk of injury should it break.

Install Doorknob Covers

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Where Do You Think You’re Going?: Keep kids, especially any tiny sleepwalkers, inside with doorknob covers. The cover aims for tamper-resistance by spinning when little hands try to grab them but adults can easily grip the cover properly and open the door. They can be easly removed when everyone in the house is ok to have access.

Keep kids, especially any tiny sleepwalkers, inside with doorknob covers. The cover aims for tamper resistance by spinning when little hands try to grab them but adults can easily grip the cover properly and open the door. They can be easily removed when everyone in the house is okay to have access.

Soften the Sharp Edges

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Soften the Sharp Edges:When little ones start to walk they often “pull up” on furniture. Applying stick-on, removable corner cushions may help prevent bruises and bumps from furniture edges. And when they really start picking up speed, corner cushions can protect from run-ins with sharp corners!

When little ones start to walk they often "pull up" on furniture. Applying stick-on, removable corner cushions may help prevent bruises and bumps from furniture edges. And when they really start picking up speed, corner cushions can protect from run-ins with sharp corners.

Secure Furniture to Wall

Contemporary Kid's Bedroom With Green and White Bookshelf

Contemporary Kid's Bedroom With Green and White Bookshelf

A lime green shelf pops in this white, contemporary kid's bedroom.

A bookcase can tip over, so use an anchor harness to secure it to the wall. Attach one end of the harness to a wall stud with a screw, and then cinch up the adjustable strap to snug the bookcase to the wall.

Invest in Baby Gates

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For keeping toddlers away from anything they shouldn't be exposed to, a baby gate is a must. To install, hold the gate in place where you want it and mark points on wall for mounting. The gate should be mounted to studs. If you can't find studs, use plastic anchors.

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