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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

i was looking at our baby registry and thinking about what else we need...i found this nursery safety guide & saw a link to this, re: window blinds

 

Quote:
 To
keep cords out of reach of children, use tie-down devices or take the
cord loop and cut it in half to make two separate cords. Consumers
should call toll-free (800) 506-4636 or visit the Window Covering
Safety Council web site at windowcoverings.org
 to receive a free repair kit for each set of blinds in their home. 

 

so i ordered a few kits for securing the cords on our blinds--it is free! in our room we have no blinds, but i might put baby in his crib sometimes (crib away from the windows, in the middle of the room) and the cords on the blinds are super long. i hate the blinds but we rent :/ so this is a good solution. 

 

we also have 1920s lane cedar chest we need to fix the lock on; they are a safety hazard (kids get locked inside), but if you contact lane they will send a free conversion kit.  

 

i don't know what else--power outlet covers and moving stuff that could be dangerous out of lower drawers, etc. some of it i think can wait; hopefully we will move before baby is crawling and i'll sort out safety issues at the new house.

 

what have you done to babyproof your house?

post #2 of 11

I think most babyproofing can wait until baby is mobile.  When DD was little we didn't hardly babyproof at all.  We got the outlet covers and that's it.  We didn't have any chemicals under the sinks so that wasn't a concern.  Plus, she was just never an "explorer".  She never climbed, got into things, etc.  I'm pretty sure she was the exception though.  ;)  Anyway, I plan to wait until this baby is mobile and see what her personality is like, and then evaluate our needs.  We'll be moving when the baby is about 6 months old, so our needs will probably change then anyway. 

 

Right now I want to focus on making sure the house is clean and not toxic (as far as chemicals, and things like that).  To me that's the biggest safety issue when they're brand new.

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

yeah, i wasn't thinking of doing much until we need to, but those blind cords are so long, i think they will look nicer tidied up, so free is good!

 

& oh, what kind of cleaners, etc do you use? i just use a mix of vinegar & water to clean most everything, and i switched to washing laundry in charlie's/baking soda/vinegar etc. when we moved here... vinegar is magic.

 

one thing i am worried about is our cat, timber. he is the son of our other cat, polyverse; we got her from the pound and she was pregnant. they'd given her vaccinations and one of them caused a birth defect; he was born with an undeveloped brain (cerebellar hypoplasia) and has really bad motor control. he does more falling than walking and has knocked out all but 1 canine tooth from ramming his head into things. he also doesn't/can't/refuses to use a litter box, which worries me. he stays in the laundry room (connected to the bathroom) most of the time and we put puppy pads on the floor for him, but sometimes he has accidents if he's out and we're not watching him. we do let him sit in the living room or bedroom if we're in there, he has a couple cat beds to sit in. but i am concerned about how gross he can be and having a tiny person crawling through messes.

 

 

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he is cute!

post #4 of 11

Timber is adorable!

post #5 of 11


Edited by Just1More - 3/9/12 at 11:04am
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by persephassa View Post

yeah, i wasn't thinking of doing much until we need to, but those blind cords are so long, i think they will look nicer tidied up, so free is good!

 

& oh, what kind of cleaners, etc do you use? i just use a mix of vinegar & water to clean most everything, and i switched to washing laundry in charlie's/baking soda/vinegar etc. when we moved here... vinegar is magic.

 

one thing i am worried about is our cat, timber. he is the son of our other cat, polyverse; we got her from the pound and she was pregnant. they'd given her vaccinations and one of them caused a birth defect; he was born with an undeveloped brain (cerebellar hypoplasia) and has really bad motor control. he does more falling than walking and has knocked out all but 1 canine tooth from ramming his head into things. he also doesn't/can't/refuses to use a litter box, which worries me. he stays in the laundry room (connected to the bathroom) most of the time and we put puppy pads on the floor for him, but sometimes he has accidents if he's out and we're not watching him. we do let him sit in the living room or bedroom if we're in there, he has a couple cat beds to sit in. but i am concerned about how gross he can be and having a tiny person crawling through messes.

 

 

.timbie.jpg

he is cute!


We use water and vinegar too.  And some GSE and Tea Tree Oil mixtures.  We do keep the dishwasher tablets under the sink though, I forgot about those.  And trash bags.  Those are a hazard as well.  I might end up putting some locks on that cabinet after all.  Depending on the setup of our new house.  Maybe we'll have a nice big pantry for all that stuff.

 

And cute kitty!  I wish I had some suggestions on how to deal with his messes. :(

 

post #7 of 11

I really the best way to baby proof, after ditching the toxic stuff per the suggestion above, is to just follow baby around and see what catches their eye, what they get into. My 2 yo crawled super early and I just followed him around, if stuff was dangerous it would go away/get secured, etc. right away.

 

A potty lock is a good thing to have, too... and if you have house plants looking up how toxic they are, etc. Checking stuff for lead is a good thing to think about, too...

post #8 of 11

I don't think I'm doing anything. I definitely second Forest's following them around thing. I could put away all the dangerous stuff and put covers on everything, etc, and then have them get fingers pinched in a door or who knows what else. I move the really obvious stuff, and all of our breakable, loved items are packed away (our kids are climbers, nothing is sacred!) If something breaks or gets wrecked it doesn't really matter to us anyway. Kids don't all go immediately for the same things, either...Neither of mine have ever played with sockets or tried to plug things in/unplug things, but my nephew is constantly jamming his fingers and toys and anything he can find into open outlets <shrug> So for me, outlet covers are pointless. For my sister in law, they are a necessity.

post #9 of 11

We put cupboard locks on the cabinets under the sink with the soap and the trash can right after dd was born. They're really cheap though; I think ours cost $3!

 

The one thing I would probably suggest registering for is gates if you have stairs. They are pretty pricey but necessary IMO. If we leave the one at the bottom open, dd will sneak halfway up the stairs before I notice her...they move fast!

post #10 of 11

I agree that following them and seeing what they're curious about is probably the easiest.  At this point I wouldn't anticipate too much beyond a few outlet covers, blind cord wrappers and a few cabinet locks (preferably the over-the-handle ones, and not the ones that need screws).  If you know you have tippy furniture, a furniture strap isn't a bad idea, but even in earthquake country we haven't secured anything to the walls because DS just isn't a climber.  And the blind cord things DS has figured out how to defeat pretty easily (in the Living Room) - although by that time it was less of a concern.  We had cordless blinds installed in his bedroom so it wouldn't be a concern there. 

 

Doorknob covers were a total waste for us - DS didn't figure out doorknobs AND develop the hand strength to turn them until after 2yo.  He only last week managed to open the front door - and he hasn't figured out the lock yet.  He could reach light switches and the kitchen counter before 2, but that's really unusual. 

 

We never bothered with a toilet lock, or securing any of the kitchen cabinets except the one under the sink.  We moved all medicine to the top shelf (in the back) of the standing medicine chest, or to the over-the-sink one.  I'm not concerned about him getting into the medicine chest and playing with the bandaids or the lotion or the washcloths (the stuff he can reach). 

 

What we did wind up getting is gates.  We have 3 gates that come with the pre-cut pet door.  They weren't easy to find, but it's made life a LOT easier for our geriatric cat.  She can escape DS when she wants, but isn't locked into a room (since she can't jump them).  We did have to get a different gate for one door, since our doors are not standard size (we're in an old Victorian), we have a few doors that are too narrow for standard gates.  So if you're in an older house, be sure to measure your door frames before getting gates.  For top of stairs, you will need a mounted gate - a pressure gate is not safe there.  I can knock over a pressure gate with little work, and DS has discovered it doesn't take a lot of tugging to get some of them down.  Do spend a little on your gates though, the cheap ones are exactly that - cheap.  We had 2 of them splinter on us after less than 6 months use - the wood just wasn't up to that kind of pressure. 

 

And for kitchen safety, when they can reach the counter, the 12 inch rule goes into effect (keeping anything dangerous 12 inches back from the edge).  We spent a few months with no knobs on the stove, since I didn't want him blowing us up (we have a gas stove), but that phase passed quickly.  And now I just have to be sure to turn the handles in so he can't grab them. 

 

Obviously, if your kid is pulling drawers out on their head, flushing things, climbing furniture, etc., you're going to need to take steps, but most of those kinds of things are available locally (our local hardware store has all sorts of childproofing stuff), and don't cost a whole lot. 

post #11 of 11

Baby gates with pet doors - wish I had thought of that! Now that dd sleeps in her own room, we feel like we need to have the gate in the hallway (that leads to the stairs) closed at night and we spend ALL night listening to the cats crashing over it onto the wood floor. It's very loud! One thing that I like about our gate in the hall though is that it's not at the top of the stairs - those freak me out. Dh had the idea to just put it in the hall instead, which also makes it easier for us to just step over instead of opening and closing it while dd is sleeping.

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