Baby Proofing Your Home + GIVEAWAY

Every mom has probably experienced it. You come home with a new baby and while you are tired, everything seems right with the world. It doesn’t take long and that baby start being mobile. Now you are wondering, “What do I need to do to keep my new crawler safe?” Well my friend, it is time to start baby proofing your home. You can’t wrap them in bubble wrap, and there will be bumps and bruises, but with some good baby proofing you can prevent many injuries.

Everything you need to know about baby proofing your home

*This post has been sponsored by One4One Safety. All opinions are my own*

Baby Proofing 101

once your baby starts crawling, it is time to start baby proofing. I know with my daughter, I had no real clue what I needed to do. It seemed like everything in my home could be a danger to her! From the refrigerator to the toilet, it was terrifying. Thankfully, by the time I had my second I had become well versed in what I need and how to do it.

What Do I Really Need To Do?

Baby proofing may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. There are a few key areas which need to be covered, and you can easily do it all in an hour or so. I recommend going room by room until everything in the house has been covered!

The Kitchen

Let’s start in the kitchen, shall we. You want to make sure all of your cabinets are baby proofed. This means that your little mover can’t get them open and potentially access cleaning supplies or dishes. Really, only the lower cabinets need to be done since baby won’t be reaching anything very high up. You can use these Magnetic Cabinet Locks from One4One to easily secure your lower cabinets. I like these because you don’t have to drill holes, you just use the adhesive tape and you are set!

The other thing I recommend in the kitchen is securing your pantry. While your crawler might not be able to get in there now, it won’t be long. I like the One4One Heart Shaped Flexi Lock for my pantry.Not only is it adorable, it also helps keep my four year old from trying to sneak late night snacks!

The Living Room

Depending on what you have in your living room, will depend on what baby proofing items you will need. The biggest thing I have found is the coffee table and entertainment stand. I like to get rubber pads for the corners of the coffee table. That way baby wont hurt badly if/when he bumps his head. If your entertainment center has doors on it, you will want to secure those just like you did the cabinets in your kitchen. Trust me, you don’t want baby getting into your electronics! It is also recommended to mount your television to the wall. It may seem silly, but there have been instances of babies pulling them over!

The Bathroom

Your baby should not be in a bathroom unattended ever, but you still should take some precautions. First off, all cleaning supplies and medications should be kept as high up as possible. You wouldn’t want to risk little one getting into those! You can also secure drawers and cabinets like you did in the other rooms of your home, keeping baby away from any shampoo and soap that would inevitable go into their mouth. Most importantly, you need to secure your toilet lid. To do this you can use the One4One Multi-Use Latch. These are great for so many things, but especially keeping the toilet lid down. Just make sure you tell your husband to make sure he closes it after using it. We all know how men like to leave that seat up.

Bedrooms

I personally did not do any baby proofing in my bedroom. My baby is not ever in there alone and rarely in there at all. For the nursery/kid’s room, though you do want to employ good baby proofing. One thing to watch out for are dressers and book shelves. These may be heavy, but it is possible for baby to pull them over! You can find loads of really great ways to secure them to the wall just to be on the safe side. The baby room is also the only place where I used the wall socket covers. Remember, this is probably where your baby will be playing so take extra precautions in here.

Other

Another thing I found helpful was to make sure all of my doors were secure. Installing latches high up on doors that lead outside could potentially save a child, especially an older toddler who may sleepwalk. I put a pin in my sliding glass door as well, so there is no way to open it unless my husband or I are the ones to do so.

One4One Safety

Really and truly, One4One Safety is an amazing company with a wonderful message. The founder of the company and his family reside in Ethiopia doing charitable work with Ellilta International. All of the proceeds from sales of the One4One baby proofing products go to fund Ellita’s efforts in empowering women in Ethiopia and breaking the cycle of violence and prostitution. For me, that makes me much more inclined to spend my money knowing it will be going to such an important cause. You can check out the One4One website and read their mission statement here. I love when a company has a cause, and there is nothing more noble than assisting women and children who want and need a better life for themselves.

Baby proof your home AND help women and children in Ethiopia with One4One Safety.

Giveaway Time

Since you read all the way to the bottom about baby proofing and this wonderful company, it is time for a giveaway!! It will be open for two weeks, and there will be 5 total winners!
One4One Safety


60 comments

  1. robin rue says:

    I didn’t do much in the way of baby proofing until I saw what they were going to get into. The big one was my kitchen cabinets.

  2. Kristina says:

    I have a 10 week old and I know in a few months we will have to start baby proofing stuff again for him but need to make sure our other kids can get into things if needed.

  3. reesann723 says:

    Even though you think you have plenty of time to baby proof, I feel like before you know it, it’s time!!! Great tips!

  4. Amy says:

    With my first, I baby proofed everything! With my second I baby proofed most of the important things; like plug sockets and the kitchen cupboards. My third has just started crawling and I haven’t even given it a thought!

  5. Jazz (@JazzOnTheRun) says:

    My kids are teenagers but oh how I remember cabinets, drawers and closet doors being their absolutely favorite places to try to get into. I never knew I’d need such gadgets until I had my own. The earlier you baby-proof the better for sure!

  6. Author Brandi Kennedy says:

    I love companies with missions like this, too – it’s so heartwarming when they aren’t JUST in it to make a buck. And that heart-shaped flexi-lock is super cute! I wish there had been cute ones like that when my girls were babies!

  7. Bel says:

    Children will surprise you. My little bro always discovered new ways to hack all the proofs in out then little house. I guess he made life interesting.

  8. Megan says:

    Baby’s safety is priority number one! I think it’s funny that what my oldest got into and what my youngest got into were completely different.

  9. Jeanine says:

    Oh baby proofing! My youngest is 8 months old so she is ready to start getting into EVERYTHING. I need to get on to baby proofing!

  10. Tereza says:

    I’m not a baby momma but I have cats and can tell you that even with kittens it’s a horror to make the house safe! I can’t even imagine how difficult it it so get the house ready for a baby! I salute all mommas! xx

    • Jessi says:

      I didn’t think I needed it until I realized my oldest was a climber lol she could get into everything and I had no idea how lol

  11. Kim says:

    It takes us a full day to baby proof! It’s so much work. I hadn’t even thought about some of these things. Good to know

  12. Jean says:

    I don’t have children (yet!) but I know how important it is that little ones can’t get into places they shouldn’t be! Plus, its great that there is such a good cause.

  13. Chel says:

    Cabinet locks, a fridge lock, and a baby gate were all crucial when my son was at that stage. I love any company that gives a portion of their proceeds to a greater cause! <3

  14. duffelbagspouse says:

    Good tips. It may have been the layout of my house or that I had a lot of space for my kids to roam around without baby proofing. But I didn’t do it much. I babysat recently and things I didn’t do when my kids were around, I definitely had to do with him.

  15. Elizabeth O. says:

    When I was pregnant with the twins, I was so busy baby proofing the entire house. Aside from taking away or hiding everything that can hurt them, I also made sure to disinfect everything that they’re bound to touch. These are great tips!

  16. katriza | Mommy Engineering says:

    I know someone that could definitely use this article! I’ll have to share it with her since she will be having a baby in a few weeks! I hope i can also when this giveaway for her too! Such great tips here! I’ve used quite a few of them in my own home!

  17. katrina gehman says:

    i just helped a friend baby proof her home. i don’t miss those days. had her on her hands and needs to see from a different view point.

    • Jessi says:

      My daughter was a climber! Still at 4 years old she will climb anything! Baby gates never worked because she just climbed over lol

  18. Jon Marsiglia says:

    Thank you for this great information. I especially like your mention of placing pins in the sliding glass doors. If a child gets outside with no supervision, there is no telling what may happen. I would also like to recommend that all parents get certified in First Aid and CPR. This way should an accident happen you know exactly how to handle the situation. Thanks again for sharing!

  19. Jennifer Gonzalez says:

    I have 6 kids and I never really had to go crazy on baby proofing , they normally didn’t get too curious about dangerous things. But with my youngest, who is now only 14 months , omg he gets into EVERYTHING! There is literally no safe place! He has thrown so many electronic toys in the toilet and ruined them, he has broken my oven door from opening and slamming it shut, the list goes on and on! I’m still searching for good baby proofing equipment

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