10 Ways We Created A Kid-Friendly House (Babyproofing!)

Find out how we're keeping everyone safe!
Find out how we’re keeping everyone safe!

Cullen was an early mover. He was crawling at five months, and walking by nine. Because of this, I felt like I got kind of jipped out of some extra baby months. While other moms still had baby lumps they could sit and shake toys at while they sipped their coffee, I was running around hiding cords, elevating breakables, and throwing my body across the open top of our staircase. We realized pretty quickly that we needed to do some serious babyproofing.

I know a lot of parents who give babyproofing sort of a half effort. Sure, they remove the obvious threats, but a lot of things remain, and they end up exhausted and frustrated because they are constantly dragging toddlers away from dangerous spaces or fishing quarters out of their mouths. We learned early on that the best choice for us was do a comprehensive, complete job of babyproofing.

The babyproofing years are relatively short, so for a few years we can handle having coffee tables void of fancy tablescapes, and a few less trinkets and large glass pieces around. In the bigger picture, it’s not a big deal. And because we’ve removed all the potential danger zones in our house, we now have a space where we can totally relax. I’m much more productive and efficient because I can let Cullen wander with a bit of freedom (for short bits of time), and I don’t really have to worry what he will get into. Our second floor is 100% babyproofed, and because of that I can fold laundry while Cullen plays in his room, or he can run around my bedroom while I’m sorting his diapers.

Here are 10 things we did to help make our house more kid-friendly!

  • Cabinet locks 1 of 10
    Cabinet locks
    Not long after Cullen started walking, he started trying to pull all of our kitchen cabinets open. It was a bit labor intensive, but my husband installed these cabinet locks on every single door. It takes some getting used to do push them down each time, but now it's second nature!
  • Removable locks 2 of 10
    Removable locks
    There are a few spots where we didn't install cabinet locks, but we quickly realized we needed a way to seal them off. We have these removable locks on our bathroom cabinets that we can quickly take on and off when needed.
  • Kid-friendly low drawers 3 of 10
    Kid-friendly low drawers
    Cullen absolutely loves playing in our kitchen. Since he can't get into the cabinets, he has figured out how to grab ahold of the drawers and lean alllll the way back until they open. For this reason, our lowest drawers are all Cullen-friendly. One has all his dishes and cups, and the other is full of dishtowels and bibs!
  • Cord winders for the blinds 4 of 10
    Cord winders for the blinds
    Admittedly, I don't have these on every window, because we have a million windows in our house. But I do have cord winders in the rooms where Cullen plays most (nursery, living room). That way I never have to worry about him messing with the cords or choking on a wooden pull bead!
  • Plug box covers 5 of 10
    Plug box covers
    For the most part, we've tried to arrange our furniture so that all cords are hidden behind couches, beds, and cabinets. But there are a few places where we couldn't avoid having an exposed cord plugged into the wall. For those spaces, we got box covers so that Cullen can't tug at the plugs!
  • Outlet covers 6 of 10
    Outlet covers
    Cullen hasn't shown much interest in jamming metal objects into the outlets, but we got plug covers just in case!
  • Fireplace cover 7 of 10
    Fireplace cover
    Our house has a gas fireplace with a glass front, and I was horrified to discover that the glass gets REALLY hot after the fire has been on a while! We use our fireplace a lot, so we needed a solution that still allowed us to have it on. I secured this fireplace screen to the wall with heavy duty double-sided tape, and it has worked like a charm. The screen doesn't get hot, and while I'm still teaching Cullen not to touch it, I don't have to worry about any burns.
  • Kid-friendly furniture 8 of 10
    Kid-friendly furniture
    Of course, we can't afford to just swap out all our furniture for kid-friendly versions for the next few years, but we did do a little bit of updating when it became necessary. We used to have really lightweight, cheap dining room chairs that would fall over if you breathed on them. I knew they would be major baby climbing hazards, so when Cullen started pulling up on things we swapped them out for new ones. Nothing fancy - these are $60 chairs from IKEA, but they are much heavier and more sturdy, and I'm not afraid Cullen is doing to pull them over anymore.
  • Consider what is in reach 9 of 10
    Consider what is in reach
    Basically, anything that is in reach of Cullen needs to be kid-proofed. These baskets are all full of big items like DVD's, gift bags, rolls of tape, and other random things that are not breakable or choke-able. Since I know that we've childproofed his low spaces, I don't have to worry if he's exploring the bins and baskets, or other low spaces around the house.
  • Gates at every open doorway! 10 of 10
    Gates at every open doorway!
    By far our biggest baby proofing need was the addition of baby gates. We have a three story house, and we have gates at the top and bottom of every staircase (four total). It felt excessive at first, but now it gives me total peace of mind, and I am able to do so much more since I'm not constantly worrying about Cullen falling down the steps!

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