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Simple Steps to Baby Proof Your Home

Thursday, September 28, 2017 8:04 AM

From the moment you become a parent, you want to keep your children safe. While you cannot keep an eye on them at every moment, you can have peace of mind knowing that you created a safe and secure home for them to explore.


As your baby begins learning how to get around independently, he or she will discover every nook and cranny in your home. Molly Antoniolli, MD, Pediatrician at NorthShore, wants to help ensure your baby’s safety with these simple steps:

  • Loose and heavy objects. Ensure that all furniture and decorations are stable. Prevent heavy objects from being tipped over, or pictures from falling, by securing these items to a solid base. Even TVs and dressers should be anchored to the wall.
  • Electricity. Keep your baby’s explorations safe, and provide protection them from electrical injuries. Cover outlets and secure any loose cords or wires to protect your baby if moving about unnoticed.
  • Safety gates. Install safety gates in every stairway and to block off designated areas throughout your house. This will prevent falling accidents and allow you to ensure that your baby is nearby.
  • Doors and drawers. Ensure that each door and drawer is secured with safety latches, especially cabinets with hazardous materials (such as cleaning products, medication, sharp utensils).
  • Sharp corners. Cover any sharp edges of walls or furniture.
  • Window safety. Install window guards for reassurance and invest in cordless blinds.
  • Plants. Be mindful of decorations sitting around; particularly live plants, as they could lead to skin irritation or ingestion by your curious baby.

The best way to keep your baby safe is to never leave him or her alone and keep watch at all times.