Home Safety Tips for Baby Safety Month

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on September 11, 2013

It’s Baby Safety Month and I’ve teamed  up with Safety 1st, as a compensated Ambassador, to bring you some tips on safe guarding your home accompanied. I also get to give away a fab prize package to help make your home more safe for baby.

Home Safety Tips From Julie Vallese, Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert

Give Yourself a Head Start
You may not be thinking of safeguarding as a necessity while decorating the new nursery, but it’s a great idea to check it off before the baby arrives. Pushing it off could leave you scrambling to catch up once baby starts to crawl. Start with the obvious rooms first, like the nursery and family room and move through the house to each of the rooms you see yourself and your baby together. As a bonus, starting this during pregnancy allows you to add these essential items to your registry.

Get a Baby’s Eye View
Always remember to look at a room from your baby’s point of view. Getting down on your hands and knees will give you a better idea of what your baby sees and what sort of things will look attractive to curious eyes. Cords and smaller items that are hidden away from a standing adult are suddenly visible. Cord protectors and covers are easy to buy, but sometimes safeguarding simply means moving tempting objects to a high and out of reach place.

Look around each room for low furniture with sharp corners and edges. Many brands provide temporary protective bumpers and corner guards that can be removed later once your baby has stopped using furniture as an aid in early standing.

Check for large furniture pieces, such as entertainment centers and drawers. These should be firmly anchored to the wall and cabinet doors locked. What seems like simple furniture to an adult can easily become an attractive ladder to a young child.

Keep Secrets
One of the most common ways safety devices are defeated is through simple observation. A good lock or latch can help keep a cabinet off limits for those first years, but toddlers learn by watching adults act. Use your body to block the view when unlocking a lock or loosening a latch and never allow them to “play” with it. As we all know, our own children are always the cleverest! 

Stay Out!
The most effective way to keep children safe is to simply create off-limit areas and teach your child right off to avoid them. Laundry rooms, garages and balconies should be made available only to age appropriate children who have learned to avoid the hazards that each of these present. A safety lock or doorknob cover can be the first layer of protection for these interior rooms and be sure to install hard to reach locks for doors leading to the outside, basement and other high hazard rooms. Be sure to back these physical precautions up with age appropriate parental commands emphasizing that these areas are not child friendly and not meant for play.

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Safety 1st Home Safety Giveaway Bundle

The Home Safety Reader Giveaway

Leave a comment below, by midnight on September 30th, answering this question – What measures have you taken to ensure that your baby stays safe at home?

A winner will be chosen at random to receive the following items:

In addition to a reader giveaway, Safety 1st will be donating the same home safety bundle to a worthy military mom via Operation Shower. Operation Shower is about celebrating, honoring and showing love to military families.  The goal of this non-profit organization is to provide joyful – AWESOME – baby showers for military families to ease the stress of deployment.

Disclosure: I am an official ambassador for Safety 1st and am being compensated for my time and efforts increating several posts, video reviews, and giveaways in the next few months. All opinions expressed are mine.

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D SCHMIDT September 11, 2013 at 2:51 pm

We actually got rid of a lot of non child friendly furniture and reorganized the home to make it child proof (in theory)

V Sun September 12, 2013 at 2:29 pm

We use baby gates all over the house to keep the baby away from places that are not childproofed. We have outlet covers and locks on cabinets.

livivua September 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm

We have some of the saftey first items already in my home but i could definitely use another gate.

Rebecca Orr September 14, 2013 at 4:06 pm

We make sure to keep outlets covered. We want to bolt our tv and dressers to the walls.

Leanne September 15, 2013 at 8:40 am

We keep all bad things – glass or poisonous – in one of two places in the house. Tightly locked or at least 6 feet off the ground. We have a curious and crazy 20-month old son. We watch him all the time but know crazy things happen at the blink of an eye.

T.R. Alvarez September 15, 2013 at 6:25 pm

The first thing we did was reorganize our home to make it safer for our child by putting away certain items that were not kid friendly as well as move things in a way that gave her space to move around safely. We also completely switched over to eco friendly cleaning products and locked them up away from her reach and for a long time, that was enough. Now we really need to do some hard core baby proofing and this prize package would go a long way in helping make our home even safer for our baby girl.

Jessica Wyatt September 15, 2013 at 10:37 pm

We have cushioned corners on our coffee table, and try and block off parts of the house (especially where there are cleaning products, etc). I try to keep an eye on him more than anything!

Eliza September 16, 2013 at 2:37 pm

we just moved and left all our stuff in Indiana. It is just the kids and I and my youngest is a 4 month old so this would really help out. So far everything is fine but soon he’ll be crawling and I can only imagine then.

Stacy D. September 16, 2013 at 10:28 pm

I got rid of every chemical in the house, I bought a steam system and I steam clean now instead of with chemicals! We had tons of cleaning supplies. I gave everything to my mother.

Julia September 16, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Our kid isn’t coming till next year. But I plan to move our book cases before the kid comes.

Debbie September 17, 2013 at 12:07 am

our little one is just 3 months old, but we’re working on getting as much baby proofed as we can. It is amazing how much we still have to do.
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kristen gray September 17, 2013 at 9:17 am

Although he is only 2 months old we have turned down the temp on our water heater to prevent scolding during bathing.

Brooke Adametz September 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm

We use lots of baby gates, outlet protectors, and cabinet locks.

marian boll September 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Our great granddaughter is on her way of being born and we want all the safety as possible!!

Irene Cypher September 17, 2013 at 6:58 pm

We put everything up out of reach and covered all the plugs.

meredith September 17, 2013 at 7:30 pm

We havent done much yet – but Im still pregnant – so we need all the help we can get :)

Tamar September 17, 2013 at 9:04 pm

I put dangerous objects on a high shelf.

Nicole Becker September 17, 2013 at 9:18 pm

We installed toilet locks, we turned our water heater thermostat to 120 degrees, and we put edge bumpers on our furniture. We need to do so much more though!!

Kim Pollock September 17, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Put outlet covers on all the plugs and locks on cabinets

andrea d September 18, 2013 at 2:33 am

I have all cabinets child proofed ( although he has broken some) and all outlets covered. He is starting to unlock door so I need to get something for that

Judy Bradley September 18, 2013 at 12:12 pm

I babysit the grandchildren and when they are small, I put pillows over my sunken living room step as I have cement flooring. I also covered my brick fireplace hearth likewise.

julie murphy September 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm

I only have used baby gates

kim burnett September 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm

put stuff out of sight and reach. Latches and baby gates.

brian m September 18, 2013 at 8:49 pm

We have some of the saftey first items already in my home but i could definitely use another gate. plug covers,gates but we could use door and more cabinet locks

Jenn McClearn` September 18, 2013 at 9:36 pm

we have baby gates at almost all doorways and most importantly on the stairs, we have outlet plus everywhere and keep a close watch on our children through a video monitor while they are sleeping. I think operation shower is such a great cause, as we are a military faily and lucky to have my husband home

Jennifer K. C. September 18, 2013 at 11:23 pm

I have a two year old and almost one year old and we have baby gates, and door knob covers. While my husband and I were dating we were driving along and saw a 3/4 year old running out in the snow in her PJs on a busy road, there was a neighborhood down the road. It is something that I will never forget

Rebecca Parsons September 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm

We have all of our poisons up in a locked closet and we try to keep furniture in front of wall sockets to avoid fingers going into them.

Nicole-Lynn September 19, 2013 at 2:56 pm

I’m a soon-to-be mom this fall, but I make sure when my niece is at my house to always keep a close eye on her, make sure anything sharp or things she can’t have are out of her reach.

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latanya September 19, 2013 at 3:14 pm

We use gates, electrical plugs, and mount the tv

Shanna September 20, 2013 at 11:45 am

Covered all outlets, cushioned hard corners on tables! Locked cupboards =)

Stephanie Phelps September 20, 2013 at 12:16 pm

We put up a gate and put those little outlet thingys in and put a blanket around the fireplace surround!

Seth September 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Big one is keeping the outlets covered.

JR Frugalmom September 20, 2013 at 11:48 pm

We have made our living room a baby safe space with no access to other areas, and with no small objects, baby hazards etc.

Denise Donaldson September 21, 2013 at 5:53 am

I have made sure I put outlet covers in my plug ins

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Ashley H September 21, 2013 at 8:30 am

We use baby gates, cabinet locks, electric plug covers, etc.
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Charity L. September 21, 2013 at 11:41 pm

I try to follow baby safety guides to ensure our home is safe. We also keep medicine and house cleaners in special locked containers up high out of reach.

Abby B. September 21, 2013 at 11:47 pm

We have plugged the outlets and made sure all the cords are up off the ground.

Rachel @ Wife, Then Mama September 22, 2013 at 2:32 am

I have cabinet locks on the chemicals, and a baby gate so the stairs are blocked.
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katherine September 22, 2013 at 7:00 am

We baby-proof everything! Corners, outlets, stairs, doors, etc

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Jessica @Bkeepsushonest September 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm

We have outlet covers, safety gate and safety latches on cabinets.
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casey flick September 22, 2013 at 10:39 pm

I am not a mother get but my brother and his wife are expecting their first child soon and this would be a great gift to get them started on baby proofing. Thanks :-)

Gianna September 23, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Gates and cabinet locks.

Julia September 24, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Everything is new and exciting to your baby. During this time, your child will be curious and excited to learn about the world around him. These tips help to ensure that your house becomes a safe and welcoming environment for your child.

Eva Mack September 24, 2013 at 5:19 pm

I have yet to taken any safety measures… but I need to before Grandson visits.

Lara T September 24, 2013 at 10:04 pm

I have done some research online and child proofed the home.

Jessyca September 26, 2013 at 12:26 am

We have put locks on all the cabinets Thanks for the chance.

Miranda M. September 26, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Nothing yet, I’m still pregnant. I have so much to do and think about regarding home safety.

Donna Kellogg September 26, 2013 at 3:22 pm

We have cabinet locks and a toilet seat locks, anything breakable is up high

darby September 26, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I think that making sure that the outlets are covered is the biggest thing for us-and blocking off the stairs!

Brittany September 26, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Medicines locked and up high, baby proofed outlet covers and cleaning supplies.

Carol W September 27, 2013 at 11:51 am

we use a lot of gates. We also moved the dog food and water bowls, a lot of people forget that it is not good to keep them in an area where the child crawls until it is too late. Thanks
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McKim September 27, 2013 at 3:39 pm

We use baby gates and locked doors when our grandson is here, in addition to putting things up high.

Jill Myrick September 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm

So far we have installed outlet covers, a safety gate at the stairs and rubber edging on all sharp corners.

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Deb S September 28, 2013 at 7:37 pm

We have made all sorts of adjustments including taking out the coffee table, using a baby gate, putting locks on the cabinets and toilet locks.

Teresa Thompson September 29, 2013 at 2:23 pm

We use safety gates and outlet covers.

Brittney House September 29, 2013 at 7:49 pm

We had a baby proofer come in out home to give us some tips and we went out and bought some supplies.

Laurie Emerson September 29, 2013 at 9:53 pm

All of our outlets are baby proofed with baby proof outlet covers. We check them each week to make sure that none of them have become loose.

kellye September 30, 2013 at 2:52 am

Door knob safety handles.

JoAnn F. September 30, 2013 at 6:01 am

We recently put in window guards to protect my grandson!
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Rachel Ellis September 30, 2013 at 7:19 am

We have outlet covers on all of the outlets and we have our cabinets locked.

susan smoaks September 30, 2013 at 11:29 am

we have done the best we can to baby proof our home to ensure that our baby stays safe, we put child locks on all cabinets and doors.

Lisa P. September 30, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I haven’t done much yet because my grandson is so young, but I have begun thinking about how safe furniture will be when he begins pulling up and storing cleaning supplies out of his reach.

Lesley F October 2, 2013 at 4:45 pm

The baby will be here in December so we have not started baby proofing the house yet, but I do have one baby gate, some locks & light switch covers.

kelly October 4, 2013 at 1:34 pm

My husband replaced the outlets with tamper proof ones. Baby is actually overdue so when she get’s here and gets mobile we will put up the gate, and get anti tip straps.
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