A new child will transform your home – especially if you’re becoming parents for the first time.
Being a new parent means a lot of new responsibilities, which come with your fair share of worrying. Babies are always changing. As soon as they get through one phase, they’re on to the next.
Once your little one starts crawling, all bets are off! That’s the time to think about babyproofing the house to make it a safer place.
There are plenty of childproofing products you can purchase, but there are also some simple tricks and tips that do the job quite well and could save you time and money.
1. Rubber Bands on Cabinet Doors
This simple babyproofing hack is recommended by a lot of different parenting websites.
Instead of choosing from the many types of plastic safety locks, you can stretch tight rubber bands, hair ties, or rubber bracelets over the cabinet handles/knobs to keep curious kids out.
Some parents have complained that safety locks can get annoying, and others say all their spring release latches broke after a short time. Rubber bands are easily replaceable.
Jess Miller, from the website Parent.guide, reviewed all different types of cabinet locks. She suggests moving all products containing anything that could be harmful into one location. Then you don’t have to worry about locking up a bunch of different cupboards and cabinets.
2. Tape on Electrical Outlets
Another plastic childproofing product that can be bothersome is the electric outlet plug. Some parents complain about how difficult they are to get out, and that they’ve caused broken fingernails.
Obviously, safety is much more important than your manicure, but there are other options.
An easy way to cover up outlets is to use tape. Masking tape, duct tape, painter’s tape, it all works fine. In fact, some parents even use Band-Aids. However, Whitney Harris from the site Red Tricycle suggests avoiding cartoon bandages that could be attractive to youngsters.
A few mommy bloggers recommend keeping blue painter’s tape in the diaper bag for quickly babyproofing outlets when you’re visiting family or staying in a hotel. Plus, that kind of tape is less likely to leave sticky residue behind.
3. Stop Crib Climbers
Whether it’s in the middle of the night or a temper tantrum at naptime, toddlers who constantly climb out of their cribs can be a problem, especially when you don’t know what they’re getting into.
Ashley Rader from Giddy Upcycled has three ways to keep kids from climbing out of cribs. If you have a crib that’s higher on one side, you can make the shorter side face the wall.
You can also try placing the crib mattress on the floor so that it’s even lower than its lowest adjustable setting. Just make sure there is no gap between the top of the mattress and the bottom of the crib.
Finally, if all else fails, she suggests sewing a strap of cloth between the legs of your child’s footie pajamas as in the photo above. This will prevent kids from throwing their legs over the top of the crib.
4. Test Toys with a Toilet Paper Tube
Choking hazards are a big concern for parents with toddlers, especially if there are small toys from older siblings lying around.
While they do make safety products designed to test if a toy is small enough to be a choking hazard, there’s something in every home that works just as well – the toilet paper tube.
That little cardboard tube is just the right size for determining if a toy could get stuck in a child’s throat. Parents.com is among the many sources recommending this tactic.
They provide a checklist of potential choking hazards to watch for including things like button batteries, pen caps, and loose change.
5. The DIY Door Muff
However, if a toddler gets locked inside a bathroom or laundry room where they could ingest harmful chemicals, it can be scary.
The creative folks at MakeandTakes.com have a simple DIY project for making what they call a “door muff.” It’s simply something that hooks around the knobs on either side covering the latch assembly and face plate.
Not only will this prevent kids getting locked in, it also keeps them from loudly slamming doors. That’s why it’s called a door muff.
6. Use Pool Noodles and Tennis Balls
Your child will go from crawling, to walking, to running full speed around the house. At that point, there are bound to be a few bumped noggins.
Many parents have worries about children knocking their heads on corners, or the edges of tables and countertops. A simple DIY hack for this issue involves foam pool noodles, tennis balls, and a pair of good scissors.
Red Tricycle’s list of babyproofing tricks suggests cutting open one side of a noodle to wrap around edges and use as a door stopper. Tennis balls can be sliced open and placed on the corners of coffee tables.
While this won’t be the most aesthetically pleasing solution, it’s important to remember the babyproofing stage of life will go by quickly. As Whitney Harris explains …
“Before you know it, your toddler will be steady enough that you no longer feel the need to protect every corner in your home.”
Safety is what matters most right now.
7. Reuse Packages with the Child-Guard™ Closure
A new and innovative child-resistant closure is helping make a variety of packaging for household products safer for families. The Child-Guard™ zipper closure, also branded as Slider-Guard®, is designed to keep kids out.
You’ll find it being used by responsible brands offering products like laundry packets, over-the-counter medications, and more.
When your product is gone, don’t throw out the bag with the Child-Guard™ closure. Instead, keep them and use the packages to store things you want to keep away from your child. Just make sure to clean the inside of the bag and check for rips or tears before reusing it.
It’s a great way for thrifty parents to reuse child-resistant packaging that will continue to provide practicality.
What would you put in a package with Child-Guard™ after it’s empty? Tell us on social media using the hashtag #guardit!
Check out the video below to see how Child-Guard™ works.