You Need to Babyproof Your House With These 4 Products
There he was. My then 8-month-old son, Ames, was standing with his mouth open and lips wrapped around the toilet seat using the cool white porcelain... as a TEETHER! And I’m not talking about lightly grazing. I’m talking full on SUCTIONED and SUCKING. He had gone “missing” for a few short moments in our house that day. When I found him standing there (after shrieking and screaming “NOOOO!”), it was that moment I knew we were well overdue for more baby proofing to the house for our twins. The best time to babyproof? As early as possible!! Here is an awesome set of childproofing checklists based on age/development that I personally found extremely helpful. Of course, there are some items that we can't easily babyproof (like my husband's large-scale art on the walls!). However, after all we’ve learned and installed in our own home, I've put together a list of my top 4 items that you can easily babyproof with (including the pros and cons to each). You should consider these items, as well!
- Prevents curious kids from falling into toilet, throwing toys/other items into toilet, getting their fingers smashed between the lid and toilet seat
- Very affordable
- Extremely easy adhesive install – I actually installed ours myself in all of our bathrooms without even reading the directions! The adhesive is STRONG, so there’s no chance your littles ones will be able to open it.
- It takes dexterity and 2 hands to open the lid once it’s installed. This is a good thing to ward off the curious babies.
- My favorite feature of all is that it has an auto-lock. All you do is close the toilet lid and the lock clicks automatically. That way, you won’t need to remember to lock anything.
- The obvious one is that it postpones your ability to go to the bathroom for 2 seconds longer, but it’s worth it in the long-run.
- Not exactly aesthetically pleasing, but no toilet lock really is
- You might have to show your guests how to use it.
Overall Recommend? YES!!! This is probably my favorite baby proofing purchase out of all of them.
Cost: $6.65 each. You can purchase them here.
- Prevents kids from getting into cabinets/drawers where chemicals or other dangerous products are stored
- Easy adhesive install – no drilling needed. I installed them in all of my house’s cabinets in one night by myself.
- Holds very well – haven’t had any issues with them coming off/apart
- Magnetic lock very easy to use
- Have the option to turn the magnet off if you don’t want to use it temporarily
- Can also use them on drawers
- Very affordable
- Aesthetically pleasing – they’re hidden out of site to keep your kitchen and bathroom cabinets looking like normal (this was a big one for me because we have so many cabinets in our kitchen)
- Have to remember where inside the cabinet door you placed the lock, otherwise you don’t know where to swipe the magnet
- Takes a couple of days to get used to having to use a magnet to unlock your cabinets, but it’s worth the extra step for the sake of safety.
- Must keep track of the master key that unlocks the cabinets (we keep ours inside a cabinet with a key holder that came in the kit)
Overall Recommend? Yes, absolutely. I looked high and low for a highly-rated magnetic lock that would be hidden out of site at an affordable price – and I found it!
Cost: $18.95 for a 10-pack. You can purchase them here.
- Prevents kids from getting into spaces they’re not supposed to (stairs, laundry room, dog food, etc.)
- Can keep bigger pets out of spaces they’re not supposed to be in
- Has a lever handle that lifts to unlock the door, but also has a red sliding safety lock to double lock it
- Easy to install – no tools required, can be placed in a few minutes
- Doesn’t damage your walls
- Stays put – even when you have 2 twins leaning against it trying to open it
- Has a walk-through door that you can leave open, if gate is not in use
- Comes with an extension kit to make it extra wide for doorways. You can also buy additional extension kits for extra, EXTRA wide spaces.
- Have to take the extra step to double lock-it using lever handle lock AND the red safety lock – or else you might witness your babies learn how to unlock it within 48 hours of install like my 10-month-old did. Once the red safety lock is in place, it works like a charm.
- If you’re using this for small pets, this may not work for you. My 7-pound yorkie poo can slide through the gate rails.
Overall Recommend? Yes! We use it to keep our twins out of the laundry room where the dogs’ food, water, and toys reside. The days of our kids splashing in the dog bowls and throwing dog food everywhere are behind us now that we have this gate!
Cost: $32 per gate. You can purchase one here.
- Prevents curious fingers from electrical injuries
- Don’t have to worry about your infants watching you and learning how to pull these out as they won’t have the dexterity to do so
- Extremely CHEAP and easy way to safeguard your kids
- Can be difficult to remove one once it’s in there (worth it, though)
- Must be careful not to leave these outlet covers sitting out, as they could be a choking hazard
Overall Recommend? Yes. There's no way anyone's getting these suckers out. I bought the 50-pack and put them in plugs all over the house.
Cost: $8.99 for a 50-pack. You can purchase them here.
BOTTOM LINE: Don’t wait to babyproof! My recommendation is to stay ahead of your child’s development. And don’t be afraid to get on the ground and see the “world” through their eyes in order to anticipate problems before they arise. Plus, you don't want to find your kid sucking on the toilet seat, do you? ;)