Your baby is your most precious bundle of joy. As a parent, you want to do everything you can to protect them as much as humanly possible. Knowledge is power when it comes to keeping your baby safe. One simple baby proofing safety measure can prevent a serious or even fatal injury that can change your lives forever. We’ve gathered some of our most recommended tips and helpful websites to help new or soon-to-be parents prepare for their little explorer.

When to Start Baby Proofing Your Home

Many parents wait until their child begins to crawl to start baby proofing their home. They quickly find themselves panicking and racing against their moving munchkin to make an area safe before they get there. Help relieve your stress by beginning your baby proofing even before the baby is born.

Crawl in your Baby’s Shoes

The best way to see what areas of your home could be potentially dangerous is to get down to your baby’s level. Crawl around looking for sharp corners and dangerous objects. Anything that could be broken should be moved to higher ground, items your baby can pull down should be removed or secured and corners should be padded.

Standing Soon Follows

Soon your baby will be pulling themselves up and standing in a blink of an eye, so begin preparations for that as well. Furniture may seem sturdy, but when being used to lift all of your little one’s weight up, it can wobble dangerously. It is important to mount large pieces of furniture with wall anchors which can be found at hardware stores. Be sure to also use cordless blinds and place window locks on second story and higher windows.

Choking Hazards

Babies tend to put anything they can find into their mouths, which means parents need to be on the lookout for choking hazards in every single room of the house. A simple trick to help determine what is safe and what isn’t uses an everyday household item — a toilet paper roll. If an item is small enough to fit through the cardboard tube of the roll, it needs to be placed out of reach to reduce the risk of choking.

Cover Outlets

One easy thing to check off your baby proofing list is to cover electrical outlets that are near the floor. Check out the options, ranging from clear to sliding covers, at your nearby hardware store. Also use cord shorteners to help prevent tripping and choking hazards as your baby begins to stand.

Limit Access to Certain Areas of the House

Stairs can be a potentially dangerous feat for your little one. Parents need to rely on a sturdy gate to block the areas off. According to Parents.com, select a wall-mount gate rather than a pressure-mount gate, which can come loose.

Helpful links

Baby Center has an extensive checklist that covers everything within your home and vehicles, view their list by clicking here.

For videos on how to baby proof your home room by room, click here to see Parents.com‘s tutorials.