Where do you even start with baby proofing in the first year of age?! There are so many products on the market and finding the right ones to make your home as safe as possible for your family can be overwhelming. Keep reading to learn Renée’s suggestions for her top 5 favorite safety items for babies under one!
Renée passed the Home Hazards Test through the IAFCS (International Association for Child Safety).
TOP 5 MUST HAVE SAFETY ITEMS FOR UNDER 1 YEAR
I recommend getting 2 different types of locks to double up where cleaning supplies or anything poisonous is kept (magnetic interior + exterior lock). I thought I had the exterior lock tight enough one day and Palmer was able to pull open the cabinet below our kitchen sink and reached her arm through and pulled out a dishwasher gel pod (thank goodness I was in the kitchen and grabbed it before she could put it in her mouth – learn from mistakes!).
- interior magnetic cabinet locks – these magnetic locks are invisible and child proof! I have these in my house and found them easy to install and super durable
- budget friendly option – these are great too! Kate has these in her house!
- exterior cabinet lock – this extra outer lock is a MUST for cabinets containing cleaning supplies, dishwasher detergent, etc.
- If you have a drawer that you need locked, try this lock strap (also great for fridges and freezers) or these drawer locks.
Did you know that one of the top home accidents is accidental drowning in a toilet? Babies flip in and can’t get back out. Not saying this to scare you, but just to inform!
These toilet seat locks work well for us. They are baby and toddler proof. Palmer went through a phase where she would run into the bathroom and shut the door. After doing my safety proofing research, it terrified me that she could lock herself in the bathroom and flip in before I could open the door. These are necessary.
Why are kids so interested in blinds? Prevent accidental asphyxiation with these magnetic blind cord wraps to keep them as high up and away from reach.
These are my favorite magnetic cord wraps and they blend in nicely. I also like these stick-on cord wraps are also great (remember you keep them up high!) Keep in mind that the safest window coverings are cordless. Any string or cord longer than 7 inches is considered a strangulation hazard for babies and toddlers. For more information on cord safety, click here.
Whether the oven is on or off, we don’t want baby climbing in (especially if it’s on and they pull it down without you knowing and get severely burned).
Additional stove safety – a stovetop guard prevents curious hands from pulling down hot food or accidentally touching a hot surface or flame. These stove starter guards prevent curious hands from turning the stove/gas on.
Always put your medicine in a locked box like this one. Kids can move chairs or stools to climb up and grab these items so putting them up high doesn’t do anything!
Kate and I recommend getting two of these locked medicine boxes (one for adult medicine and one for baby/kids). That way you can keep everything separate and never mix anything up when you need it in an emergency. I also recommend keeping any vitamins or pills in your purse or diaper bag in a locked pill box. Also, remember to not dispose loose pills in the trash because they could be a choking and poisonous hazard if your child finds them.
Do you have more questions on baby + toddler proofing your home or which baby gates to use? Our Home Safety + Baby Proofing Tips E-guide is filled with Renée’s favorite baby/child proofing products for each room of your home and safety tips!
Other helpful blog posts:
- Renée’s favorite car seats for all ages
- 5 things most parents don’t know about car seat safety
- Medicine kit essentials
- 4 tips to educate your kids on fire safety
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