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Baby Proofing Checklist: House, Cabinets, Door, Drawer, Gate

Baby Proofing

Because babies are naturally born curious, they tend to stick their chubby little fingers everywhere. By everywhere, I mean EVERYWHERE, and in all sorts of places that I could never imagine.

Whenever this happens, I always have a mini-heart attack!

As parents, we want to protect our curious babies from common household injuries and create a safe space for them to grow.

The best way to ensure their safety and health is by baby-proofing the house. Learn tips and tricks, and follow our exclusive step-by-step guide.

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Yes, You Absolutely Need to Baby Proof Your Home

The question is, “Is baby-proofing really necessary?”

If you’ve read the header title above, then it’s an obvious YES.

Baby-proofing involves having to make any changes inside your home to be more child or infant-friendly. Doing so reduces the risk of bumping and other accidents.

Don’t we all want that?

A safe baby = Peace of mind for the parents!

So, When’s the Best Time to Babyproof?

Once your baby starts to crawl in his or her 6th month, that’s the BEST TIME to get the work done.

This time is around when I started because this is also when they can become very curious.

They can fall, be hit by hard objects, and many more. While not all injuries are fatal, it still puts them in harm’s way. 

Experts recommend baby-proofing your house 3 months before delivery and 6 months after your pregnancy.

From then on, it’s a matter of checking in and adjusting as your child grows.

General Baby Proofing Tips

I’m sure this isn’t the first time you’ve read an article about baby-proofing and felt overwhelmed by a bunch of things.


I’m here to tell you that securing your baby’s safety doesn’t have to be difficult. Although it’s a lot of work and home renovations, it’s not something to stress about.

Some parents can go overboard with it, but these simple steps will do the trick. Learn more about it by scrolling down.

1. Prevent Shocks


My NUMBER 1 threat to my baby’s safety is electrical outlets and anything that emits an electric current.

Young children, especially babies, experience electric shock when they bite into electrical cords or poke their fingers in an outlet whenever their back is turned.

To prevent this, these tools will help you:

  • Plastic outlet covers
  • Power strip covers (for extension cords)

Place outlet covers on EVERY VISIBLE OUTLET in all of the rooms inside the house.

For the power strip cover, you can try Safety 1st’s power strip cover. It’s such a steal!

Besides electrical outlets, you’ll also have to be wary about tangled electrical cords from appliances and phone chargers. They’re small stuff, but nonetheless can be a choking hazard.

What to do about it?

I use a simple cord wrap and cord holder which can easily be fastened against the wall. That way, your little one can’t tug on it or play around with the electrical wirings.

And of course, let’s not forget to save electricity and unplug all appliances when we’re not using them.

2. Block Off Stairs

Baby on stairs

There’s nothing scarier than seeing your toddler tumble down the stairs. It’s one sure way to land in the emergency room.

The solution?

Install baby gates on top and below of each staircase inside your house. Safety gates will stop infants from crawling down on their own.

You can choose from many products at your local hardware store or do a little DIY home project.

Baby gates have brought me such peace of mind, especially when my baby practices walking!

3. Beware of Corners

Woman securing table corner edges

Children are clumsy and carefree. It’s not a wonder when you find scratches and bruises on their arms and face. 

And one of the biggest culprits behind it is table corners!

A toddler frequently bumps his or her head on the sharp edges of counters, tables, and chairs. Ouch!

My kid’s had a few bumps which could’ve been easily prevented.

Luckily, there are corner guards to help soften the blow and prevent any boo-boos.

They come in different designs and colors. You can find many products that’ll suit your tastes.

Personally, transparent corner guards are my favorites!

Another brilliant method to protect your kid from the dangers of sharp corners is purchasing tables with rounded edges. 

I also found some convenient foam protectors that I can install around the table to soften them!

4. Stash Breakables and Liquids

Cups with liquid

Anything that’s in harm’s way, STORE. IT.

Whether it’s your precious antique vase, kitchenware, or cleaning materials, hide them from plain sight and store them out of your baby’s reach.

The kitchen, especially, is a danger zone! Keep all the breakables, sharp tools, food/drink items, and so on up high or out of baby’s sight.

You would not believe how high my heart jumped when my kid almost broke a vase at home!

5. Practice Door Safety


The sound of slamming doors immediately sets off the warning bells inside any parent’s head.

If you’re concerned about your toddler jamming their fingers on doors and knobs, I’m with you. 

But there’s GOOD NEWS!

I have many options to choose from: safety covers on door knobs, pinch guards, and even a door stopper.

They keep children from opening certain rooms. The best part? The products are easy to use!

I didn’t even need tape or other tools to install it. Simply stick it in!

Something you and your partner should also consider having is chimes or bells on doors.

They’re good practice and will easily tell you if anyone’s opening the doors. You can reach your baby before disaster strikes.

6. Watch Out for Windows, Cabinets, & Drawers

Open drawers

Locked and sealed.

That’s how windows, cabinets/cabinet doors, and drawers should be in your home if you have a newborn baby.

Your ordinary window screen just won’t do once you become a parent. Window screens are only meant to keep insects out and don’t do much to prevent falls.

My recommendation is to put up window guards. They’re child-proof and are a more stable structure that is proven to keep children in.

For cabinets and drawers, you’ll need child safety cabinet locks and drawer locks.

An ordinary drawer and cabinet lock and keys are enough, but if you decide to take it up a notch, magnetic locks are IT.

A drawer and cabinet lock will helped ease my mind by a TON!

7. Mount It Up

Woman mounting painting

If you have picture frames lying around with your other furniture, it’s better to hang them on the wall, high enough where they’ll be out of your baby’s reach.


It’s about time you start using cordless windows.

While window blinds with long, dangling cords might fit your living room design better, they’re hazards for babies and children whose hands won’t stop fretting around.

My baby loves playing with the cord in our house and I have to keep getting up and move him away!

Babies just love to pull anything. Long ribbons, ties, they’re all tempting!

If you’re hesitant to make a change, an excellent alternative is safety tassels. They’re meant to pull and tuck away the looped cords together.

8. Set Up Alarms

Keypad alarm

It would be nice to be Spiderman for a day, but, sadly, we can’t.

While we don’t have his spidey senses, however, alarms will let us know when there’s trouble.

When you’re a busy parent like me and have little time to monitor your child, these alarms will do the work for you!

Add an extra layer of protection for your baby with pool covers, carbon monoxide detectors, and smoke detectors. It’s highly suggested to put one in every room inside your house.

9. Be Alert

Looking through binoculars

Whether you’re at home or away from your baby, you should always be VIGILANT.

It wouldn’t hurt to list down emergency numbers for your babysitter to call in case something happens.

10. Take it Room by Room

Living room

Don’t overwhelm yourself into making the renovations right away. Go easy.

A helpful tip I learned was to proceed room by room. The checklist below will tell you how.

Baby Proofing 101: A Checklist for Every Room

Tips aside, here’s how you can babyproof every room and every corner of your house.

My checklist is complete, from the living room, nursery room, and down to the family car!

Baby Proofing the Kitchen


Let’s start it off with the kitchen, where everything screams of danger!

With sharp knives, cooking pots, and strange appliances, a million things can go wrong inside the room.

I’ve had way too many close calls!

That’s why baby-proofing is a MUST.

  • Keep knives, scissors, potato peelers, or any sharp items away within the baby’s reach.
  • Place dishwashing soaps and other cleaning supplies on high shelves.
  • Lock up multivitamins and other supplements in a medicine box.
  • Install child-proof locks on cabinets, doors, appliances, and trash can.
  • Secure a safety latch on the refrigerator.
  • Store food in airtight food canisters.

While making a tasty meal, I made it a habit to turn handles of cooking pans towards the back of the stove so that babies can’t easily reach.

  • Ditch the tablecloth and use placemats instead. Tablecloths are easy to pull and will send your kitchenware tumbling down with a loud thud.
  • Replace glass or fragile utensils with silicone or BPA-free ones. Invest in only the best baby feeding essential products available.
  • Cover the sharp edges of the dining table with corner guards. Or, if the budget fits, invest in a round table.
  • Consider using safer or all-natural dishwashing soaps.

Baby Proofing the Living Room

Living room

The next on my list is the living room, the heart of the house. My kid loves to play around this area, so I made sure to put in some extra effort here!

  • Safeguard against the corners of coffee tables.
  • Baby-proof carpeting to cushion falls.
  • Move tall wobbly items such as lamps behind other furniture.
  • Switch to a flat-screen T.V. mounted on the wall.
  • Use cordless windows.
  • Hang heavy picture frames on the wall or place them on high shelves out of the reach of your toddler.
  • If you have a fireplace at home, it’s a good idea to install a childproof fireplace gate. Babies are creatures of curiosity, so it’s not a wonder that flames can easily catch their attention. You can also take a look at our article on babyproofing your fireplace for a more detailed guide.
  • Whenever you have visitors over at home, place their things on top of a high table or furniture where babies can’t reach.
  • Place food and water for pets outside or somewhere your baby can’t find them.
  • Stash houseplants away. Falling leaves can be poisonous for children.

Baby Proofing the Nursery Room

Baby's room

You’d be surprised at how much trouble small children can cause even when they’re supposed to be sleeping. When infant-proofing the nursery, here are tips to keep in mind:

  • Position the crib away from the window and from anything that can be used to climb such as the chair and your changing table.
  • Lower the mattress inside the crib, so that your little one won’t escape his baby prison.
  • Check whether bolts and screws on your baby’s crib are tight enough.
  • Crib slats shouldn’t be more than 2 and 3/8 inches apart. Widely spaced slats are spaces where an infant’s legs can fall through and trap their heads.
  • Keep the crib free of small items (i.e. small toys, safety pins, etc.). Toddlers and infants can nibble and choke on them.
  • Install a window guard.
  • Baby-proof your carpet. You can never go wrong with a nursery floor mat. They come in many designs and patterns that are sure to catch your baby’s eye.
  • Remove mobiles and hanging decorations such as long strings and ribbons.
  • Choose the right changing table.
  • Don’t hang furniture or anything directly over the baby crib, especially mirrors, picture frames, or any heavy objects. They can cause serious injury and nasty cuts.
  • Secure dressers and furniture to the wall to avoid tip-overs.
  • Use baby monitors with low radiation to help you watch your baby safely.

Baby Proofing the Bathroom

Mother with baby in bathtub

Another place where disaster can strike is the bathroom. Wet and slippery with a lot of hard porcelain, the bathroom is where accidents are waiting to happen:

  • Attach a toilet lid lock on your toilet lid to keep your child’s hands and their toilet-clogging toys away from the dirty bowl.
  • Secure toilet paper rolls with a hair tie to prevent a toilet paper hazard.
  • Keep your hair dryers and curling irons on a high shelf or better yet store them inside a drawer or cabinet instead.
  • While your child is still small, it’s better to stash your skincare and ointment inside the medicine cabinet or a drawer. Ensure your medicine cabinet is locked and sealed tightly.
  • Place a non-slip mat inside the baby tubs or hot tubs.
  • Pre-adjust the hot water heater at a maximum of 120 degrees to prevent scalding.
  • Fasten a command hook beside the adult toilet to hold your children’s toilet seat. This will clear the floor and prevent the baby from tripping over it. Not to mention, it also promotes good hygiene.

I have a more complete bathroom babyproofing guide if you’re interested to learn more.

Baby Proofing the Laundry Room

Mother with baby in laundry room

The laundry room seems like a fun hiding spot inside your home, but it’s a nightmare for parents with a playful toddler.

Here’s how you can safeguard them.

  • Keep detergent and other cleaning supplies in one cabinet and out of sight and of reach.
  • Lock washer and dryer doors.

Baby Proofing the Car

Baby in car seat

Once you’re finished working on the house, it’s time to prepare the family car.

  • Don’t leave keys in the car. (Or don’t leave your baby alone in the car at all)
  • Make sure to Install a non-toxic baby car seat correctly.
  • Activate child lock at all times.
  • Clear the car of any small items that could be choking hazards. These are your spare coins, candies, and even pens.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Childproof My Home Without Making It Look Cluttered?


In fact, the mere act of moving a bunch of things out of sight will make your house look neater and less cluttered!

Most baby proofing products are design to be unnoticeable and out of sight, so you don’t have to worry about them being an eyesore.

For example, outlet covers are mostly clear or a neutral color, so no one will bat an eye!

Is it Necessary to Babyproof Every Room in the House?

That’s a good question, as if my baby’s going to play in the laundry room or something.

But no, not every room is required to be babyproof.

You only need to babyproof the rooms where the baby SPENDS THE MOST TIME. These rooms would include their bedroom, living room, or bathroom.

But of course, that also includes rooms that have a lot of hazards, such as the kitchen and stairway.

How Can I Teach My Child Safety Without Limiting Their Exploration and Development?

The best way to teach children about safety is by supervising them in everything they do.

Always be there as they practice walking and grabbing things, and take harmful things away from them. You can also give them age-appropriate toys!

As your baby grows older, you can teach them about potential dangerous objects they must avoid. You can also set house rules!

Teaching safety is not supposed to be restrictive to exploration and development, and it is possible to make it fun!

Are There Any Baby Proofing Products That Are Not Recommended?

Yes, there are. Some products are designed to the job, but may not be very effective against kids.

For example, anything that includes suction cups are not very good. They can loosen up over time; kids can easily pull them out!

Anything that involves taping or stickiness are not effective as they can also pulled off anytime. Plus, they could pull paint off or cause other damages to the furniture.

In Summary

Now, that was quite a bit, wasn’t it?

I understand where you’re coming from. Creating a baby-safe environment inside your home is a lot of work, but it pays off.

Moving your furniture around, installing new tools, replacing old stuff, there are so many ways!

But, despite the hassle of it all, it’s good to remember that we’re doing this because we want our baby to be safe and grow happy and healthy.

The hassle and hard work of it all is WORTH IT! My reward is having a safe and secure environment where my child can grow up.

You might be asking yourself: When can you STOP baby-proofing?

That’s entirely up to you, but if you ask me, the safest time to stop is if your little one is old enough to walk up and down the stairs with no worries.

FINAL TIP: If you want to cover ALL the bases for the safety of your child, you can take a look at our Guide to Infant Safety to help you out.

About the author

Angelica Graham

A few years ago, Angelica found out about all the plastic and toxic ingredients that got into most children’s products. And this worried her to no end. Because of this, she began to research what the best ingredients and materials were for children and made it her mission to share this information with other mothers.