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Infant/Toddler Edition

When it comes to taking care of our children, egos must be cast aside. Although our eyes may be our best form of babyproofing, it can’t be our only. Life is chaotic and babies are adventurous. We promise life will be much easier, and far less stressful, if you take the time to seriously babyproof your home.

If you are new to the baby game and have no idea where to start, our babyproofing guide is here to make the process quick and easy.

Because each stage of development presents its unique challenges and risks, we will break each development stage into its own edition. Our first edition will cover the babyproofing needs of infants/toddlers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”3973″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

Electrical Outlets

If your home was built in the last 10 years, it is likely already fit with TRR’s. With spring-loaded shutters acting as a barrier between the outlet openings and contacts, these shutters must be simultaneously compressed in order to open. It would take one very competent baby to properly compress these shutters. At an average price of $2, we highly recommend replacing all standard outlets with TRR’s.

If replacing all your outlets is something you don’t have the means or time to do, simple outlet covers will have to do.

Outlet covers. Like any home, some outlets go completely untouched, while others are permanently occupied. With a multitude of options for both, we recommend choosing outlet covers that are difficult for babies to remove BUT easy for adults to remove. My ego can’t handle any more battles with outlet covers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”3974″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

Gates

Whoever decided cats were the animal kingdom’s most curious creature has never seen a baby. As the strongest line-of-defense against your baby’s adventurous ways, baby gates are crucial to the proper babyproofing of your home.

Whether it’s a stairwell or a room not fit for your little nugget, we need to block these areas off as best we can. Depending on preference or resources, there are two types of interior baby gates to choose from: hardware-mounted and pressure-mounted.

Hardware-mounted gates. As the most secure gate, we recommend using hardware-mounted gates in high-risk areas – especially stairwells.

Pressure-mounted gates. Similar the easy-to-install shower rods in your bathrooms, pressure mounted baby gates are perfect for lower-risk areas, or for those who need gates with mobility. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”3975″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

Cabinets

Capturing your child turn your kitchen into crime scene may make for an amusing Snapchat video, but it also has the chance to lead to a less-than-amusing outcome. That’s where child safety locks come in.

Magnetic locks. The most aesthetically pleasing, but most tedious to install. If you can get around the tedious installation, magnet locks are a great option.

Adhesive locks. As the most versatile and simple lock, adhesive locks can be used to babyproof pretty much anything.

Spring-action locks. Spring-action locks are your cheapest, but least used, option.

Cord and Slide locks. For side-by-side cabinets, slide locks are easy to install and non-invasive. If you don’t mind the aesthetic of these locks, these are a very popular option.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4034″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

Furniture

Each year, thousands of infants are rushed to the emergency room due to television sets, bookcases, and other furniture falling on top of them. If possible, bolt these features to your wall. Push items, like televisions, back from the edge of the furniture they’re on, and to avoid top-heavy furniture, place heavier items on bottom shelves and drawers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][/vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][/vc_column][vc_column_text]Babyproofing may be tedious, but we guarantee it will eliminate a great deal of stress in your life and most importantly, will protect your baby from the dangers surrounding them. Tune in next month for the Preschooler Edition. [/vc_column_text]