Product Spotlight: Babyproofing — The Bump
August 2019 Moms

Product Spotlight: Babyproofing

Hello! Today concludes our three-part Older Baby Series and since our board is winding down, this will also serve as a final installment of our Product Spotlight Series as a whole. A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed and offered recs and experience and questions! The Google Sheet with links to all past Product Spotlight discussions will remain available for easy access whenever we are researching anything!

As part of our Older Baby Series we have covered seasonal needs as our babies grow, and products that will help with teething and feeding once they're old enough. Today I'd like to discuss another holy grail of baby things: babyproofing! We don't really need to worry about this until baby starts to crawl, but that will be a chaotic time so it's not a bad idea to have a sense of what to expect before we reach that stage!

How do you keep your babies safe as they start cruising around the house? Do you have babygates? Which ones? Did you build an enclosed playspace with freestanding gates or block off areas of the house? How do you prevent older babies from opening doors? Did you use plug covers or nah? Do you secure furniture to the walls and if so how did you accomplish that? How about preventing little fingers from getting into cabinets and drawers? If you have a fireplace, what to do with that area? Thoughts on any other dangerous household areas, like backyard pools? Please share!

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Re: Product Spotlight: Babyproofing

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  • I don't really babyproof unless absolutely necessary and even then I do the minimum. 

    Of course anchoring heavy furniture is a smart idea. Other than that we wait until they start to explore to do anything. 
    When baby starts crawling more than a couple feet, we put a gate at the top of the stairs. I like the step through kind that opens because I am short and it beats stepping over. I take down gates as soon as my kid is remotely comfortable on the stairs.
    We have some outlet covers floating around but they are mostly useless. By the time my kids show an interest in outlets they are capable of removing the covers. Same goes for the cabinet/drawer locks. If I cared to do cabinet locks i would do magnetic ones but they haven't been necessary. Also I certainly would lose the key for the magnetic kind.

    For babyproofing our bathrooms we just close the door during the early toddler phase. We do keep meds up on the highest shelf though. I literally can not comprehend the need for a toilet lock that some people use. 

    Right around their second birthdays both of my kids learned to remove and/or open the baby proof doorknob covers. This is the only kind they have not been able to get past, granted half the adults that come to our house struggle with them too Safety 1st OutSmart Knob Covers, 4 Pack, White We put those on our front door and garage door so they don't go in the front yard without our knowledge. 

    I do nothing to babyproof sharp corners and hard surfaces.
    11/2010 Diagnosed with PCOS 
    10/31/11 M/C at 9 weeks
    1/12/13 DD was born
    4/9/16 DS was born 
    9/17 CP 
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  • jrm_14jrm_14 member
    @cato99 I had never thought about a professional baby proofing company! Mind blown. What a great business. 

  • Similar to @Allycat11 over here.  We are one level and don't even own a baby gate.  The closest we've come to baby proofing is rearranging cupboards and drawers in kitchens and bathrooms to keep the worst stuff up high. 

    We also put a (hot pink) yoga mat over some cables (classy, I know) and draped a black hand towel over the buttons on our black stereo system thing.  But I wouldn't call that baby "proofing" so much as just "out of sight out of mind" tactics. 

    We have a really easy going son who was easily distracted away from what we didn't want him exploring at the time and he learned quickly what he was and was not allowed to get into (he basically has had free range of the house since he was mobile - we would just close the bathroom doors at first). If this one gives us a run for our money we will adjust,  but we aren't going to do anything ahead of time

    TTGP history (*TW*):

    Started TTC Oct 2015
    BFP #1 June 2016: EDD 16 March 2017, MC July 2016
    Re-started TTC Aug 2016
    Started IF testing Nov 2016
    Spontaneous BFP #2 January 2017: Rainbow Baby Boy September 2017
    BFP #3 November 2018: Baby #2 expected August 2019

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