CHILDPROOFING FAMILY ROOM
Last but not least, we have the
living room. This is where the majority of your time will be
spent. Which is why this is perhaps the most important room in the
house to baby proof.
Chances are your baby will take
his/her first step in this room, so you want to make it as safe as
possible. Get down on your hands and knees and crawl around the
room to look for the most obvious dangers. Electrical covers,
corner guards, and cord shorteners should all be considered.
Consider the following tips when
working in this room.
Electrical covers. We have discussed this in other rooms, but they
are critical in this room. You have a few different kinds to choose
from. There are the plastic covers that come in a pack of 12 or
24. They are very cheap, and chances are your baby will begin to
figure them out early on. The best type is the installed versions.
They feature a cover that can swivel away to plug in an item, but
snaps back into place when the item is unplugged. This type is
harder to figure out for little hands, and you never have to worry
about forgetting to plug the plastic cover back in!
Window treatments. Window covering or blind cords can be a major
hazard for your baby, especially when near furniture. You will want
to tie these up so that your child is unable to reach them. Cord
shorteners can be purchased as well to do the job.
Bookshelves/furniture etc. Furniture should be secured with
L-brackets. Your baby will try to pull themselves up on various
items, so it is important to secure all items.
Small breakables and other small items. Items on lower shelves will
be the first things explored. Place breakables up high, paying
special attention to items that are small enough to pose as a
choking hazard. Heavy objects can prove to be projectiles aimed at
your windows or TV.
Chairs. Make sure that all desk chairs, dining chairs, etc. are
pushed under the table all the way. Toddlers love to climb and may
see your rolling computer chair as an interesting jungle gym.
Furniture edges. Sharp coffee table edges can prove to be a big
problem for toddlers. You can buy corner guards at any store, or
you can make your own. Make sure that whatever you use is secured
properly, and your little one canít pry it off and possibly choke on
House plants- low lying house plants normally get eaten. So place
them up high, and make sure to research whether they are toxic. If
they are- throw them out immediately.
Front/Back doors. Door knob covers may work, or you can choose to
install high deadbolts that will keep your curious one inside.
Clean up often- spills and small items on the floor are all
hazardous, so tidy up often.
Eliminate baby's access
to fireplaces, wood stoves and hot tubs using gates developed
for this purpose. If gates will not work on fireplace use specially
designed fireplace lock
on glass accordion doors and install hearth padding around edges of
hearth to prevent
child from falling onto it.
Remove gas key from fireplace gas gauge and store in high place.
Anchor all items that are tipping hazards.
Remove all items (Torchiere lamps, freestanding coat racks, statues, etc.) from home until
child is older.
Cover end tables, coffee tables, countertops, and low dressers furniture corners and
edges with cushioning created for this purpose.
Living Room Checklist
Door knob covers/deadbolts