Balusters, refrigerators, table edges, bathroom edges, electrical fittings—what do these have in common? Well nothing much exactly, except the fact that they’re menacing baby magnets which just keep attracting danger for our little diaper heroes. Hiring a contractor or taking a trip to the supply store could cost you quite the quids, but with these DIY hacks, you could comfortably and proudly baby-proof your home with confidence knowing you won’t have to rush the baby to the hospital anytime soon because he decided to feast on some naked television wires.
Consider these clever baby-proofing hacks to protect kids in the kitchen, bath, bedroom, and beyond. Not only are these good for the wallet, they’re great for the baby. So read on and take a peek at these great DIY baby-proofing hacks—which could also be converted into a fun quarantine house project, which would definitely a project for a greater good.
Duct Tape on Power Outlets
A quick fix to cover power outlets? Duct tape or painter’s tape. Just make sure it’s on there tight so prying hands can’t easily rip it off. With this you wouldn’t have to find yourself in so many sticky awkward situations.
Keep Window Cords Out of Reach
Kids are bound to reach for cords on curtains and blinds, and these are strangulation hazards. To keep them out of reach, loop them up and tie with twisty ties. Just be sure to not tie them so high you can’t lower the shade all the way down. We still gotta prepare for those extra sunny days you know.
Protect with pool noodles
These summertime staples can be used for everything from door stoppers to crib-rail covers that prevent tots from rolling out of bed. They’re also good for wrapping around sharp edges like the fireplace to minimize bumps and scrapes.
Keep Kids in Their Crib
Got a baby who’s constantly clambering out of his crib, and getting hurt in the process? You can foil his attempts by simply hacking his pajamas. Sew a two-inch-wide strip of fabric between the legs of his PJs —that’s wide enough that it won’t make him uncomfortable, but it will keep him from swinging one leg over the crib railing to hoist himself out.
Cushion Sharp Edges
Got coffee tables and other furniture with sharp edges and corners? Just buy some foam pipe insulation at your local hardware store. Since this insulation is cushiony on the outside and sticky on the inside, all you have to do is cut it open and press it on for instant soft edges. Tada!
Tennis Balls on Corners
If you’ve got some old tennis balls lying around your house you no longer use, they can be recycled into great baby-proofing: just cut a hole in the ball, then wedge it onto sharp corners of tables, chairs and other furniture. They can soften sharp corners where a pool noodle doesn’t fit. Cut a few small slices into the ball’s core so you can wedge it over items like table corners. It may not be pretty, but this hack is pretty temporary. Before you know it, your toddler will be steady enough that you no longer feel the need to protect every corner in your home.
Sock it to knobs
To keep little hands from turning door knobs, cover them with a spare sock and wrap a hair tie or rubber band around the base to hold the sock in place. An adult can still squeeze and turn the handle, but a child won’t be able to.
Create a Soft Landing
A clean carpet that is soft enough for babies to play on yet tough enough to withstand wear and tear from toddlers can be an invaluable addition to a baby-proofed nursery. A strong water and stain resistant underlayment may save money and frustration over the years.
With these handy tips we hope you now have a shock/tumble/whack/face planting-free abode for your little firecracker, and we trust you had a truckload of fun doing it.