Diy Child Safety Door Locks
8. 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 to minimize bumps and scrapes.
Choking is the third leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in American children younger than 1 year old, according to the National Safety Council. Children can choke on small objects, such as their older siblings’ toys, or they can strangle themselves by becoming tangled in the cords for your curtains or blinds.
4. Block off the fireplace: Babyproof a fireplace without sacrificing aesthetics too much by covering the opening with a piece of magnetic chalkboard. It will block off the entrance and give little ones a surface on which to draw and play with magnets (choose large magnets that don’t pose a choking hazard).
As your little one gets close to crawling, it’s time to babyproof their environment. How should you start? First, get on the floor and look at the surroundings from a baby’s perspective. See what’s tempting to grab and what’s at eye level. Then, put away loose items and secure furniture that could fall over. Here are 12 budget-friendly safety tricks you can easily install yourself:
11. Band together on horizontal cabinets: Attach hair ties or rubber bands to keep paired cabinet doors closed. Just loop the tie around the handles and your baby will only be able to open the doors slightly.
The solution: Plug up all (and we mean all) outlets with cheap plastic outlet covers. Keep some spares on hand when you visit others. In addition, remember to unplug all reachable chargers, even when they’re not in use. Babies love to grab chargers and yank. A side benefit—you’ll save electricity; any time chargers are plugged in, electricity flows through them.
1. Corral cords: Cut a slit down an empty paper towel roll or piece of pipe insulation and thread multiple wires through it to keep them from becoming tangled in your tot’s curious hands. You can also use zip ties to pull together cords and then tuck them far away from baby’s reach.
The solution: Childproofing your cabinets is easy and cheap—safety locks aren’t expensive or difficult to install. You can lock doors when you visit using rubber bands, hairbands, or rubber bracelets. In addition, close and lock any doors to rooms that might have machinery or chemicals (i.e. laundry room).
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2. Cover outlets: Put adhesive bandages or duct tape over electrical outlets if you don’t have plastic covers (this trick works great at hotels and family and friends’ houses too!). Avoid cartoon varieties of bandages, because they can attract little ones’ attention.