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Baby proofing your home, room by room

Make your home as safe as possible for your curious and mobile baby with these baby-proofing tips.

Kitchen and dining area

  • Install cabinet latches on all baby-level cabinets, so your baby can’t open cupboard doors. Or move all breakable and heavy items to high cupboards to let baby explore lower ones.
  • Store all cleaning supplies, including dishwashing detergent, in an overhead cupboard. If the baby does invade the lower reaches, there’ll be nothing harmful within her reach.


  • Move knives and other utensils away from the edges of the kitchen counter when you’re cooking or serving food so they don’t tumble onto the floor—within your child’s reach.
  • If your toddler can reach the knobs on your range and oven, remove them.
  • Cover electrical outlets with caps.

Living room and family room

  • Protect your baby from burns by setting up a fireplace guard. Also move fireplace tools out of harm’s way.
  • Tie up cords or ties attached to drapes or blinds so your baby can’t reach them.
  • Mount a safety gate on sliding glass doors so your child can’t make a quick getaway outdoors.
  • Install corner cushions on sharp-edge countertops and tables.
  • Move small objects away from where your baby can reach them.
  • Place houseplants out of reach.
  • Inspect your baby’s toys for loose or broken parts.
  • Cover electrical outlets with caps.

Bathroom

  • Keep the toilet lid down so your baby can’t accidentally fall in. If your child is insistent about opening the toilet lid, install a lid latch.
  • Disable the locks on bathroom doors with masking tape so your toddler can’t lock herself in.
  • Install spout guards on faucets to protect your baby from bumping her head as you bathe her.
  • Keep all medications and poisonous products in a locked or inaccessible cabinet.
  • Adjust the water heater so hot water from the tap will not burn your baby’s sensitive skin.
  • Cover electrical outlets with caps.

Bedrooms

  • Close accessible drawers so your baby can’t climb in and pull the entire dresser down on top of herself.
  • Keep appliance, lamp, and phone cords tucked safely behind furniture and out of your baby’s reach.
  • Cover electrical outlets with caps.

Stairways

Block access to open staircases at both the bottom and the top with baby gates. Even better, block the entire hallway or area around the stairway. You shouldn’t depend on a gate alone to keep your baby from taking a tumble. Babies and toddlers have been known to climb over gates or push them over using their body weight. Your best defense is to watch your baby.

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