June 17, 2019

6 Baby Proofing Tips You Didn't Think Of

6 Baby Proofing Tips You Didn't Think Of- there are many obvious baby proofing tips but these ones are commonly forgotten. Check this list baby proofing musts!

This post was sponsored by Window Covering Safety Council as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
We are expecting baby #3 soon and have been through baby proofing our home twice already. Overall, I take a really simple approach and make our home safer while not going overboard. You won't find every single cupboard locked and corner covered in padding in our house. We want to keep our kids as safe as possible while still maintaining a normal home. I also believe in teaching our kids what is safer and what isn't from an early age on. Today, I want to share some of the non-obvious baby proofing tips that you may have forgotten.

6 Baby Proofing Tips You Didn't Think Of

1. Choose cordless blinds

When I was pregnant with Adalyn, my dad taught me about the dangers of corded blinds and recommended that we have cordless blinds. This was something that I had never thought of before and am so glad that he told me this. If you have corded blinds, I urge you to check on these as they pose a strangulation risk to babies and young kids. Cordless blinds are the safest choice and I like how they look as well. 

I partnered with the Window Covering Safety Council to share this important safety information. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, corded window coverings are one of the top 5 hidden hazards in American homes. Cordless blind come with a Best for Kids certification so that you know what the best choice is for safety. Through our home, we have cordless blinds and I like knowing that my family is safer with this choice we made. My kids get into all kinds of things and love to play all over and wrestle and I like having peace of mind knowing that they are safer.

This is so important that as of December 2018, there is a new safety standard that affects being able to buy corded window coverings at retailers. If you want to buy these, you need to special-order them through the manufacturers instead of in-store since they can be dangerous.

2. Keep office supplies out of reach

I'm kicking myself for this one because I can't tell you how many times my son has gotten into Adalyn's markers! After washing his legs, the table and the floor several times that were covered in marker, I finally got the sense to move them! So, when you're baby proofing, make sure that you keep things like markers, pens, pencils, scissors, staplers and more totally out of reach because kids love to get into them.

3. When you go to family's homes, ask them to move knickknacks temporarily

If you are a parent, I'm guessing that in your home, you know not to have little valuable knickknacks out but when you go to a family member's house, they may not know. While we have been at my sister's house for example, we have moved some crystal bowls out of the way so the kids don't accidentally knock them down. Better to be safe than sorry! 

4. Big sibling's toys

Luckily, this hasn't been too big of a problem for us but it is important to keep your older child's toys out of reach of a baby or toddler for choking reasons. Things like small legos, doll shoes and little trinkets are choking hazards for young children since they may put them in their mouths so teach your older children to keep these tiny items out of reach.

5. Be careful with stepstools

Overall, stepstools can be very helpful for older children to be able to reach the bathroom sink and to help in the kitchen but for little ones who don't have great balance yet, you really have to watch them carefully. Oliver loves to be just like Big Sister and wants to help Mommy cook just like Adalyn so he gets up on the stepstool to help. He is less steady and has fallen so we are really careful about having him on a stool.

6. Heavy furniture

Heavy furniture can pose a safety risk because if it falls over, it can really hurt a child. Install anchors and brackets to make them safer.

These are my not-so-obvious tips for baby proofing. Of course, I still recommend the common baby proofing tips like putting away chemicals, locking cupboards with dangerous items, keeping sharp items out of reach, using baby gates and more. I hope this list was helpful in remembering the little things for baby proofing that can help a lot with safety!

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