When’s the best age to start baby proofing?
Around 6 months, or whenever they are on the move. (6-10 months)
“Baby proofing” can feel a little intimidating and daunting at first. Like, where to even start? Below I’m sharing a few items that have helped us keep our home safe for our little ones.
1. Magnetic Cabinet Locks – These cabinet locks are my absolute favorite. We have them on most of our cabinets. It’s slightly annoying to get used to at first but it’s worth it in the long run. I love how the lock is inside the cabinet. Ideally all cleaning supplies could be kept up high well out of reach, but these magnetic cabinet locks work so well you’re even able to keep cleaning products in the lower cabinet with the locks.
2. Door Monkey – We love these door clips! They save little fingers from being pinched. They also keep your toddler out of unsafe areas, even after they’ve learned to open doors. Door knob covers aren’t necessary if you’re using the door monkey. Our toddler learned how to open doors with door knob covers, but not how to open the monkey clip.
3. Furniture Anchors to secure dressers, bookshelves and large items to the wall. So in case your little one attempts to climb the bookshelf (let’s hope not) it won’t come falling down on them.
4. Baby Toilet Lock – Unattended, the toilet is dangerous, and a potential drowning spot for toddlers. It’s so important to make sure they cannot access the toilet without you next to them.
5. Stair Barrier – We have a stair barrier at the top of our stairs for when we’re upstairs and we have one at the bottom of the stairs for when we’re downstairs. We also have one of these gates.
6. Outlet covers – These are the quickest and easiest ones to install. (Volunteer for the job of “installing” these!)
7. Corner Protector – These are great for living room coffee tables to prevent little heads from colliding with sharp edges.
8. Oven Door Lock – This is so genius. I believe it’s a newer one, I hadn’t heard of it before. I wish I had discovered it sooner because I’m always nervous when the oven is on and watch my toddler like a hawk when he’s near it, so this lock would be nice to have.
Even with these helpful products in you arsenal, remember to stay vigilant. Babies on the move and toddlers can get into mischief real quick!
For more baby proofing tips check out this article by BooBooBusters.