Top Tips for Childproofing Your Home

Abigail Sawyer | 21 Oct 2015 | Child Safety

If you have a little one on the way or a baby who is learning to crawl (and getting into everything), you’ve probably already started thinking about childproofing your home.

In this infographic we’ll show you our top tips for childproofing the home. Whether it’s installing cabinet locks or finding window treatments that are safer for kids, we’ll help you along the way.

Please note: This is not an exhaustive childproofing list, just suggestions based on what we believe is most important. Check out other childproofing resources from authorities like, Safe Kids Worldwide and the CPSC for more information.


Top Tips for Childproofing your Home

Childproofing the Bathroom

Adjust water heater temperature to 120 degrees to prevent scalding. This will also lower your energy bill!
Lock cabinets that contain medicine and/or cleaning supplies.
Use soft faucet covers to keep kids from hitting their head in the bathtub.
Install toilet locks to prevent infants from drowning.

Childproofing Windows and Stairs

Install curtain rods into studs, not just drywall.

Use clip drapery rings so fabric will release if kids pull on curtain instead of rod coming down.

Choose safer window treatments with no exposed cords like cordless spring blinds or cellular shades, shutters, draperies and cordless roller shades.

Place window guards on 2nd story windows if you plan on opening them for a breeze.

Block stair railings with openings wider than 4″.

Block top and bottom of staircase with gates.

Childproofing the Nursery or Bedroom

Anchor dressers and other large furniture to the wall.

Don’t place cribs within reach of windows or window treatments.

Don’t hang photos or shelves on the wall over crib.

Childproofing the Living Room

Anchor heavy furniture like bookshelves and televisions to the wall.

Block access to fireplace with a gate and remove the gas key.

Cover sharp edges of furniture with foam protectors.

Cover all plugs. Sliding outlet covers are more difficult for kids to open, and you don’t have to remember to replace the cover after using the plug.

Childproofing the Kitchen

Keep cleaning supplies in a locked cabinet.

Install locks on cabinets and drawers.

Install locks on large appliances like the refrigerator, oven and dishwasher.

Install locks on stove burner knobs.

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  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is a Senior Social Media Specialist for She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw