Congratulations, your baby is here! You bring your new bundle of joy home to their brand new nursery and perfectly organized home (thanks to your weeks of nesting prior to this day). You may think they will always stay nice and swaddled for a very long time. If you are like me, you blink and realize your now 6 month old is learning to roll over and going straight for the electrical outlets. Before I know it, he will be crawling and walking. As a first time mom, I did not think about baby proofing our home until he was on the move.


Household injuries are some of the top reasons children end up in the E.R. Here are some steps I plan to personally take within my home:


  • Remove all candles and matches/lighters
  • Push back any photo frames or any objects on coffee tables/side tables that they can grab (we all know they love to drop things for fun)
  • Make sure all TV stands have the TV mounted
  • Install pads along fireplace hearths, sharp corners, thick baseboards and any tables that may be low enough for baby to bump their head
  • secure all outlets, cords and power strips
  • Secure the back of remotes to prevent the covers from coming off and batteries falling out (Choking hazard)
  • Add gates to stairs
  • Lower the crib mattress if baby can sit up
  • Hang up cords to blinds
  • Secure any furniture they can pull up on
  • Add a secure wall latch to stove to prevent tipping
  • Add child proof knobs to stove
  • Secure all cabinets and drawers
  • Make sure all doors leading outside and to any stairs (basements) are secured

This list might seem tedious, but I always err on the side of caution and would rather be safe than sorry! If you’re in need of a handyman to help check these items off on your punchlist, please let us know and we will be happy to share our list of vendors with you.


  • Written by Amy Wade

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