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 childproofingexperts.com, 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.
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
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.