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.
*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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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