How To Baby-Proof a Living Room

Creating a safe environment for your baby is essential when planning for the new bundle of joy.  Below are some great tips on baby-proofing your living room.

  • We all know babies love to put small, unsafe items in their mouth.  If you are unsure if a toy is too small get a cardboard toilet paper roll, if the toy slips through with ease it is a choking hazard.  Keep all small items put away until they grow out of the putting everything in their mouth.
  • Not only do we have to worry about choking hazards but strangulation hazards as well.  Shorten or tie up any drapery or blind cords.  Some parents suggest putting the blind cords on top of the curtain rods, keeping them out of reach and avoiding having to cut them and restricting use.  With drapery cords, keep them short.  If it can't fit around a child’s neck it can't strangle them.
  • With any trunk that will be used as a toy box, it is a good idea to drill several holes in the sides.  This is a safety precaution, in case the child accidentally gets trapped in the toy box.  You can also buy a toy chest with removable lid.  Safety hinges are available as well.  Safety hinges keep the lid open so it will not close trapping a child inside.
  • Put houseplants out of reach.  Check to ensure none of the houseplants are poisonous.  A few examples of poisonous house are philodendron, peace lily, Poinsettias, mistle toe and holly.  Know the number to poison control and the names of all plants you own (inside and outside) in case of an emergency.  These plants are poisonous to inside animals as well.
  • Cover electrical outlets with a child-resistant cover.  These covers are inexpensive and can be found at nearly every retail store.
  • Put some kind of barrier around radiators, space heaters and fireplaces.
  • Install safety gates at the tops and bottom of stairways.  Chose hardware mounted safety gates, pressure mounted gates may not be strong enough.
  • Place some type of padding around edges of coffee tables, end tables and brick fire places.
  • Place any televisions and stereo items high enough so children have no access to them.
  • Keep long cords tied and wrapped short so children cannot pull on them.  This is ideal for heavy lamps, TV cords, etc.
  • Secure tall pieces of furniture such as book cases, entertainment centers to walls (brackets can be purchased at home improvement stores).  If a child were to pull up on one of these items it could possibly turn over.
  • Since the living room is not the only room a child will play in, here are a few simple tips to make other rooms of the house safer.
  • Lock any dangerous substances in a cabinet that a child can't reach.  This includes cleaners, laundry supplies, all medications, paint, bug spray, fertilizers and alcoholic beverages.
  • Remove the bumper pad as soon as your child is pulling up.  Some children use this as a step and will climb over the side of the crib.


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