How To Baby Proof In Just A Few Hours
Stop and take pictures because your little one is crawling. This is monumental, and movement is a big deal. Now your baby has the opportunity to explore more than just the controlled environment of a pack and play or play mat. Why does this have you so worried? Is it possibly because you have yet to baby proof your cabinets? Now is the time to get serious about your babyproofing efforts and set aside a block of time to get the proper safety restrictions installed.
1. Magnetic Cabinet Locks That Are Installed Inside the Cabinet
One of the best ways to baby proof is with the magnetic style cabinet lock. Several brands make this type of locking mechanism. This lock utilizes very strong magnets that secure the cabinet shut. The master key magnet can stay on top of your refrigerator or place high at the top of your refrigerator. When you need to gain access to a cabinet, you will press the magnet to the front of the cabinet, where you know the lock is installed. This will release the lock and allow you to open the cabinet. This does require drilling and will put holes on the inside of your cabinet door. This may not be the best choice for renters unless a landlord approves before installation.
2. Adhesive Cabinet Locks That Are Installed Outside the Cabinet
These locks are also a great option to keep your curious little one out of your cabinet. These install by using a very sticky adhesive to secure the locking mechanism outside of the cabinet. Some of these are created as a tab that locks onto another tab. The residue is easily removed via goo be gone. These types of cabinet locks for baby proofing are best for desk drawers, dresser drawers, and stand-alone cabinets. If you have a cabinet system with doors side by side, it can be difficult to get these installed properly because of the cabinet design.
3. Pull Cord Cabinet Locks That Are Installed Outside the Cabinet
Pull cord style locks are ideal for those who have cabinets with doors and knobs designed closely together. These work on the same premise that zip ties work. You wrap the pull cord locking mechanism around two cabinet door handles. Then pull the other end like you would on a synch sack. This will securely tighten the mechanism and leave no room for opening the cabinets. These install in seconds and do not leave any residue behind and do not require drilling of any type. These are also a favorite for families that travel or maybe visiting family and friends. These can be easily put into a diaper bag and brought with to keep baby safe in other people’s homes as well.
4. Push and Snap Cabinet Locks that are Installed Inside the Cabinet
These baby proofing cabinets locks can be installed via securing the locking mechanism and the snapping mechanism with tiny screws to the interior of your cabinet or by utilizing a heavy-duty adhesive. Tiny screws are best, but they will leave holes behind on the interior of the cabinet. This is a two-piece installation baby lock. These are easily compared to a plug. There is a male part and a female part. You must click the prolonged tab securely into the locking mechanism. These are not as sturdy as some of the previously mentioned locks because they are made of a thinner style plastic. A determined toddler could pull strongly on the cabinet and snap this locking system. Make sure you read reviews before purchasing.
5. Use What You Have When You Are In A Pinch
If your baby has become mobile and you do not have time to rush out that day and purchase baby proofing mechanisms, then you can use what you have to get you by in the meantime. Basic items around the house, such as pipe cleaners, rubber bands, yarn, or zip ties, will get you by until you can purchase real locking mechanisms. You can secure cabinet handles together by using rubber bands or yarn. Any cabinets that may have dangerous items like cleaning products should be zip tied until you can get those secured.
Any type of locking mechanism you utilize does not replace your adult supervision. Now that you know your baby is mobile, you need to keep a more vigilant eye on him or her. You should also move any dangerous materials completely out of your baby’s reach from all cabinets in the house. If you have a cleaning caddy that you can move to a top-shelf, garage, or shed, this would be ideal.
6. Empty A Cabinet To Take Away The Curiosity
Babies are often intrigued by what is behind the closed doors. Once they see you open it and take something out, they will attempt to open that same cabinet. They may become determined to gain access even though you have a baby proofing mechanism in place. If you have enough cabinet space in your kitchen, then empty one. Keep a few old plastic bowls in there; the baby will feel as though he or she has achieved success. Suddenly your little one has access to kitchen bowls just as you do, and baby no longer feels locked out. Once the novelty of discovery wears off, your baby will most likely move on to something more interesting such as toys.
7. Don’t Forget to Baby Proof Drawers, Cabinets, and Heavy Furniture
While you are babyproofing your home, you must remember there are places in the house other than the kitchen that require baby proofing. Often parents focus on the kitchen because of all the lurking dangers. There are usually cleaners under the sink, silverware drawers with knives, heavy pots and pans, and small appliances taking up space inside cabinets. These all seem dangerous, but other places in the home should also be secured. Bathroom cabinets and even toilets should also be baby proofed. There are locking mechanisms to secure the lid down on the toilet. This will prevent the baby from flushing things he or she shouldn’t. Dresser drawers and desk drawers should also be secured.
If you have any heavy furniture that can topple, you need to secure that to the wall with mounting strips and brackets. As babies enter into their toddler years, they begin exploring a getting into more mischief. These little ones will often try to open drawers and climb the front of a dresser or cabinet. Always discourage any of this behavior and keep a safety camera handy so you can monitor the baby’s activity during nap time to ensure he or she is not trying to climb things in the nursery.
As your little one becomes more mobile, a whole new world of exploration and discovery opens up. The home should be a safe place where this can happen naturally without the fear of getting hurt. By spending an afternoon babyproofing your home, you will feel better because you know your little one is safe. Stay vigilant while you are visiting friends and family and always keep a watchful eye on a mobile baby and toddler.