Children are the most precious creations on Earth. That’s why parents will do anything and everything to make sure their children are safe. And they start doing this before their children are even born.
It’s critical for parents to child-proof their home before their baby arrives. This ensures that the baby will be safe and sound in their homes. Once that kid starts moving around, they will be trying to touch and get into everything.
You could spend a fortune babyproofing your home. But you don’t have to. There are inexpensive ways to ensure that your child will be safe in your home.
Here Are 25 Inexpensive Childproofing Hacks That Will Keep Kids Safe:
1) Keep Them Out of The Fridge
Place a sticky Command hook on your fridge and one on the fridge door. Then place a rubber band around them. This will prevent kids from being able to pull the fridge open.
2) Cover Vents With Tule
Do your kids love sticking things where they shouldn’t go? Protect your vents with this simple hack. Learn how to cover the vents with tulle so they can’t put anything down them here.
3) Keep the Cupboard Doors Closed
Want to keep the kiddies out of the cupboard? Try using cookie cutters. Just place them around the doors.
4) Tennis Ball Sharp Corners
The corners of tables and other furniture can be sharp and dangerous to children. Tennis balls can make these corners safe. Just make a slit in your tennis ball and shove it over the corner of your table.
5) Doorknob Safety
Tupperware works great as doorknob protectors. Cut a slit into the lid of your Tupperware and push it over your doorknob. Screw on the bottom to your lid and you’re done.
6) Cover Fireplace Step
Most fireplaces have a sort of step leading to it which can be dangerous. There’s an easy fix for this. Use foam interconnecting tiles to cover this space and create a nice cushioning for the area.
Traditonal crib bumpers have been deemed unsafe to use. But you can repurpose them. Use them as a secondary way to babyproof your hearth.
8) DIY Wall Outlet Cover
Plug covers aren’t very expensive but this adds an extra layer of precaution. Just pull off the adhesive cover of your baby wipes and place it over the wall outlet to easily open and close when needed.
9) Third Fireplace Safety Hack
Here’s another way to secure your hearth that will cost you just $4. Use foam or pool floats connected with tape and cover with a blanket. Get the details here.
10) Baby Gate
Baby gates can be unsightly and expensive. This DIY baby gate is stylish and inexpensive. Learn how to build it here.
11) TV Stand Cover
Are you tired of putting all your DVDs back after your child pulled them off the TV stand? Cover it with some cheap fabric and secure with Velcro. Get the details here.
12) Secure a Bookshelf
Don’t let baby keep pulling the books off the shelf. Place tension rods throughout your shelf. You can secure the sides of the rod with duct tape if you think baby will pull at the rods.
13) Power Strips
You definitely don’t want your children to be playing with power strips. Cover it with a plastic container. Just make sure you cut enough holes in it so that it’s properly ventilated. Get details here.
14) Door Safety
Don’t let baby get their fingers jammed in the door. Cut off a piece of a pool noodle and put it over your door. This will prevent the kids from being able to close or slam the door.
15) Railing Safety
Little ones can squeeze through a railing if you don’t secure it. You can use inexpensive plastic covering and zip ties to secure the railing. Get the instructions on how to do this here.
16) Secure the Toilet Paper
Do your kids or cat like to play with the toilet paper? Prevent them from unrolling it and making a mess with this hack. Just place a hair band over your roll.
17) Electrical Outlets
Kids can easily pull out plug covers. Try this hack instead. Just cover them with Band-aids, duct tape, or electrical tape. This is a great hack for when you’re traveling with the kids.
18) Keep Drawers Closed
Are your kids always opening drawers and pulling things out? There’s an easy fix for that. Just put a yardstick through through the drawer pulls.
19) Secure Cabinet Drawers
Keep your kids out of cabinets where you keep nasty chemicals. All you need is a hair tie. Just place it over the knobs.
20) Secure Closet Doors
You can also secure closet doors with something that is already in your closet. Use a hanger and place it around the knobs so the kids can’t open it.
21) Ditch the Dishtowel
Be wary of where you place your dishtowels. If you keep it over your oven handle kids can pull on the dishtowel and even pull down the oven door and climb inside or get burned by the hot oven. Keep your dishtowel high up where they can’t grab them.
22) Foam Is Your Friend
Foam pipe insulation is your friend. Place it anywhere you need to soften a sharp edge. It’s perfect for coffee tables.
23) Keep Bathtime Safe
Make sure your kids don’t bump their heads or hurt themselves on bathtub faucets or knobs. Sugru can help with that. It’s a dough-like polymer that can be shaped over your faucet ends and firms up when it dries. It can be removed whenever you want.
24) Slip-Proof Your Rugs
Do you have tiny area rugs? Make sure your kids don’t slip on them. Rubber matting is inexpensive and can be cut to size and placed underneath your rugs. You can also glue hot glue gun dots or lines to the bottom of the rug to prevent slipping.
25) Hot Glue Socks
Wooden floors can be slippery to toddlers wearing socks. Use a glue gun to put dots or lines on the bottom of their socks. This will make them skid resistant.