Little ones are very curious and are constantly exploring the world around them, discovering new and fun things to see, touch, and pull. “What happens if I…?”
Items they think are the best toys are usually not things we want them to be touching. Electrical cords, cable boxes with lighted buttons, and floor lamps are natural baby magnets.
Once your child reaches new levels of mobility, even more fun is discovered. Cabinets and drawers are opened, and everything has to come out onto the floor (and probably their mouth)!
So, what do you do?
First, you buy a selection of babyproofing products: outlet plugs and covers, cabinet and drawer latches, door knob covers, edge/corner guards, gates, etc.
But what if that doesn’t solve all your problems, or you don’t want to have to buy ALL those things?
Time to get creative. Here are a few solutions creative parents have used.
I don’t want to have to put latches on ALL my drawers and cabinets.
Rearrange. Put baby safe items in low drawers, so she can pull things out and play in the kitchen, but isn’t damaging dishes or herself. Great items for low drawers include plastic dishes and storage containers, towels, and oven mitts.
I’m afraid they’ll hurt themselves on the coffee table.
They don’t make edge/corner guards for this kind of thing… But bubble wrap and packing tape work wonders, and you don’t have to get rid of your table.
They keep pulling the floor lamp over.
Put an eye bolt in the wall and put a loop of parachute cord around the lamp. No more damage to the wall than hanging a picture, and it keeps the lamp upright, with no broken glass!
They are drawn to the modem and power strip.
Many of us live in very technology-driven homes with lots of electronics and cords. Outlet and power strip covers work to a certain extent, but when the cord itself is exposed, baby can still play with (or bite!) it.
Hiding cords behind other furniture can keep them safely out of tiny hands, and wall mounting takes that to the next level. This set up is wall mounted, and mostly behind a bookshelf, hiding the cords. The power strip is protected by a store bought baby safe power strip cover.
They are drawn to the lighted buttons on the cable box.
If you don’t have a TV stand with doors, babies will just keep pressing those buttons until they finally grow old enough to understand not to. That will be a while.
A couple options here:
- Mount shelves on the wall above your TV, and set the electronics up there.
- Cover the opening where the electronics are with Plexiglass (cut to size at your local hardware store)and attached with stick on Velcro. This is easily removable once your child is old enough to know not to touch, without compromising your furniture.
If you have any babyproofing problems, talk to other parents. They’ve most likely had similar problems and may have a solution that works for you!
I hope this helps bring you sanity, and safe children.
Lisa is a wife and mom of a baby girl. She enjoys trying out new forms of exercise and fitness, but her favorites are pole dance fitness, aerial silks, and yoga. She also volunteers some of her spare time to a local cat rescue. Since discovering her sexy strength a couple years ago, she is the happiest she has been her whole life, and is happy to share it with you. Got a question for Lisa? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org