9 Ways to Babyproof Your Home on a Budget

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Is your toddler a little busier now that mobility is a reality? It's a pretty scary reality, am I right? While a parent can never keep their little one out of danger all of the time, especially when the child has walking as an option, there are some added measures you can put in place so that your child can be mobile, independent, and safe.

Unfortunately, the costs of babyproofing your home add up quickly; however, keeping your child safe in your home can easily be accomplished using a little ingenuity. If your safety budget is limited, you can use household items to secure cabinet doors, electrical cords, and window treatments.

We found some of the most common babyproofing needs and came up with some less expensive options.

 

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#1 Secure Cabinet Doors

Depending on the style of cabinetry in your kitchen and bathroom, you might be able to secure any tempting doors using elastic hair bands, yarn, string, or shoelaces.

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#2 Cover Electrical Outlets

For some reason, electrical outlets are baby magnets. The holes may look like they're too small for a little finger to fit inside, but you can never be too safe — especially when little people can get their hands on a lot more things that can fit into the sockets.

Some people use duct tape to cover up the outlets, but silver patches throughout your house may not be the most aesthetically pleasing. If you're in the market for outlet covers, you can get a pack of 36 from Amazon for $3, which actually may be cheaper than getting a roll of duct tape.

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#3 Hide Electrical Cords

If you are concerned about your child getting tangled up in electrical cords, use twist ties from baked goods or trash bags to secure your cords. Measure your cord to length, fold the excess cordage, and secure it tightly with a twist tie. You can also use electrical tape to secure the cords if need be.

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#4 Keep Toilets Protected

If your little one loves to play in the toilet, keep your bathroom doors closed. Securing your toilet lid with a piece of heavy-duty sealing tape is also an option.

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#5 Get a Protective Cover for Your Fireplace

The brick or stone ledge around the base of your fireplace can be dangerous. Consider using foam pool noodles as protective covers if you don't want to pay for expensive covers. Slice the noodle down the center and slip it onto the edge of your fireplace ledge.

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#6 Optimize Kitchen Safety

Make sure your oven door has a lock to avoid pinched fingers when it closes. If you're cooking, use the back burners as a precaution. Your little ones won't be able to reach the handles to pull hot pots off the stove.

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#7 Prevent Poisoning

Always keep sharp objects, tools, and household chemicals out of reach. Make sure to place harmful chemicals behind a locked cabinet. Some plants are poisonous and should also be kept in a safe area as well.

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#8 Minimize the Risk of Choking

Take a tour of your home and search for anything that could be a danger to your child. In particular, remove door stop caps and put away all small items to eliminate a choking hazard.

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#9 Check Window Safety

It's important to secure any cords attached to blinds, curtains, or shades to eliminate strangulation hazards. One way to make it so they are out of reach of curious little hands is to bundle up the length of the cords and secure them together with either a rubber band or a twist tie. As an extra measure of safety, never place a crib, bassinet, or chairs near window treatments.

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