Do you have a tot who is just beginning to explore the world? Here are some ideas on ways to childproof your home – against the toddler who loves to explore EVERYTHING!
These tricks will bring some sanity. Promise.
CHILD PROOFING YOUR HOME
If you don’t have fancy locks for a cabinet, have no fear. Go dig around in the cookie cutters, we bet one will fit.
Make your bath tub more safe with the help of a laundry basket. Place the basket in the tub and the child in the basket. Less slipping, less falling, and it makes toy clean-up a breeze!
As your tot is beginning to walk, we bet their little toes will have problems slipping on the floors. Decorate your socks with fabric paint to help them grip the floor.
CHILD SAFETY TIP
Now this idea is GENIUS! Use innertubes around your bookshelves to help “fence” the books in place. No more books tossed all about the room by your kiddo.
Fireplaces can be irresistable. Board it up to protect inquisitive tots. Childproof Tip: Use a magnetic board. Fun!
If you have a child who tends to run off, this child safety product will give you peace of mind. It sets off an alarm if your child leaves the area.
Don’t worry if your baby drops their passy. You can have clean ones ready and waiting in resturant condiment-to-go containers.
Have a houdini who loves to ecape the crib? In this kid hack, adapt their pajamas to make your child a touch less agile. They will sleep in their cribs tonight.
Don’t let your kids drop stuff down the air vents. Cover them with tool. It won’t stop the air, but will stop the little bits from being dropped.
HOW TO CHILD PROOF
Santize your kids toys on a regular basis. Most plastic (non-battery) toys can be washed in the dishwasher on the top shelf safely.
Easy Kid Tip! Use command clips and a bracelet to stop your child from opening the fridge and helping themselves to the condiments.
So easy! You will never go to the bathroom without a Hair tie again (or at least not for a few months). In this child proofing house tip, use a tie to secure the toilet paper from tiny fingers.
Want to save your furniture from sippy cups of grape juice, smears of peanut butter and all the other gunk that comes with kiddos? Consider child proofing your upholstery with plastic.When your kids are older you can just rip it off.
Balcony railings are dangerous both for the falling risk but also because chubby legs tend to get caught in the rails. Protect your child with a railing guard.This DIY project is easy and worth the peace of mind.
Limit the risk of choking. Use the above cutting hack to half meatballs, grapes, cherry tomatoes, strawberries and more! Fastest way to chop your kiddos food up!
DIY CHILD PROOFING
No more pinched fingers! Make a door guard to protect little fingers from being smashed. All you need is a pool noodle!
For the kids who can get into and out of just about any door, you need this baby proofing tip. I don’t think they have tried this one!! Cut a hole into a tupperware lid and fashion a door handle cover. To leave they need to unscrew it.
BEST CHILD SAFETY PRODUCTS
If your daughter has longer hair and a fascination with the tub drain you will appreciate a bath “gate”. The gate protects your child from getting hair stuck in the drain or falling and bonking their head on the faucet.
These childproof stove knobs are just genius! They are great with tots, but also terrific with older kids who think they may be ready to cook but you want to make sure to do the heat portion yourself. Get these.
Installing a window guard is a great idea especially if your kids have beds near the window, the extra layer of protection is terrific!
About the Author:
Rachel Miller is the original Quirky Momma of Kids Activities Blog and co-author of 101 Kids Activities that are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! & The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments. Rachel can now be found blogging at One Crazy House .