Baby Proofing on a Budget

baby oscar a little hurt and having a cuddle by mum

21/10/2020

Guest Post by Coupon Chief:

Babies love to explore, and Oscar is no different, he loves to climb, to open draws and to try and reach for things he shouldn’t. I’m so pleased to bring you Baby Proofing on a Budget courtesy of Coupon Chief; it has all baby proofing must-haves.

With everyone spending more time at home, it’s important to be sure your house is safe for your baby. It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-time parent or a seasoned pro – baby proofing your house is a must! To help you, Coupon Chief created an animated guide with tips and tricks for baby proofing your home on a budget.

Baby Proofing by Age

baby proofing timeline

You’ll need to adapt your baby proofing strategy over time to compensate for your growing little one. Here are some of the most important things to do as your baby grows and develops.   

  • Newborn: Remove any excess bedding from your baby’s crib. Blankets, pillows, and crib bumpers can all put your baby at risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
  • Crawling: Remove dangerous objects at your baby’s eye level, including covering electrical outlets, pet toys, and other small items. 
  • Standing: Cover the sharp corners of coffee tables and bookshelves to protect your baby’s head as they begin to stand. 
  • Walking: Secure doors and lock cabinets to keep your curious little one out of trouble.

Top Baby Proofing Hacks

Lock cabinet doors with hair ties. A hair tie can be wrapped around cabinets with knobs and a yardstick can be wedged into pull handles to prevent access. This will protect babies and toddlers from sharp objects, heavy pots, and cleaning supplies. 
Anchor heavy furniture to the wall with L-brackets. These brackets are inexpensive, can be purchased at any hardware store, and will prevent young children from accidentally pulling furniture down on top of them.  Limit access to the room with socks. If you’d like to prevent your baby or toddler from coming into the office without supervision, there’s an easy hack for that! Just place a sock over the door handle. Little hands won’t be able to grip hard enough to turn the doorknob, but you’ll be able to go in and out easily. This trick works well for every room in the house.
Oscar climbed up the window seal
baby Oscar pushed the washing rack on the floor
Oscar climbing up the window

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