When your baby starts to crawl, it is important that you make your home as safe for him as possible. Baby proofing, also known as Child proofing, is the process of reducing the risks of your baby harming themselves.
On average, babies will start crawling at 8 months, and this means that drawers, stairs, kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms should be cordoned off. Anything within their reach must carefully be protected so it doesn’t harm them in any way, and this includes counters and other surfaces.
Here are a few products you may not know about.
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- Banister Guard - Best for balcony and stairways
- Door Lock & Pinch Guard (a lock and a protector as well)
- Power Strip Cover – For power outlets and switches
- Edge & Corner Guards – For Edges and Corners Protection
- TV and Furniture Anti-Tip Straps
- Stove Knob Covers - Clear View for covering your stove
- Twin Door Outlet Covers - For protection against electric shocks
- Child Safety Door Top Metal Lock (tougher than the plastic version)
- Floating Toy Safety Thermometer – For Infant Baby Baths
- Door Lever Lock – Ideal for Doors and Handles
- Digital Bath Spout Cover – For protection against bumps and bruises
- Final thoughts
Banister Guard - Best for balcony and stairways
This is a kid safety net that is used to protect your crawling baby from stretching out from the gaps between banisters.
It is made of a mesh that is of heavy grade fabric and one that is resistant to tears and pulls. This is better than other nets in the market that are made of flimsy materials, which do not last very long.
The see-through mesh allows you to keep an eye on your baby with maximum visibility, so you can always tell when he is up to no good. In addition, the design is beautiful and it blends perfectly with the décor in your home.
It can also be used both indoors as well as outdoor as it is waterproof.
This safety net is easy to use since it has some releasable cable ties that you can use to fasten it wherever you want. All you need to do is to tie them through the designated holes on the net and then wrap around the hand rail for maximum protection.
Door Lock & Pinch Guard (a lock and a protector as well)
This DOOR MONKEY lock clamps onto the edges of your door in very few seconds and protects babies from opening doors and accessing areas they are not supposed to. The unique design of this product also works as an anti-pinch guard and protects your baby from getting hurt on his little fingers.
It securely locks the door and leaves it in a partially cracked position. This makes it easy for adults to access the door but difficult for babies.
The crack lets fresh air in, without necessitating the need to completely open the door especially if it is the main door. This helps in safely maintaining a comfortable environment in your home by cooling it or heating it up depending on what you need.
It is also a great solution for kids that have younger siblings that keep going outside to play. It ensures the little ones do not get out unsupervised.
It is lightweight and portable, and allows you to move around in case you are visiting grandma’s house.
The installation is very easy as all you need to do is clamp it in place at whichever location you wish on the door. Remember to put the tail on so you are able to unlock it easily from the outside by pulling it.
The product also comes with a detailed manual with installation instructions that are very easy to follow. However, bear in mind that it is designed for standard 1-⅜” thick doors and right-angled door stop moulding.
Power Strip Cover – For power outlets and switches
This is a fully adjustable and securely enclosed full power strip that helps to keep curious kids away from power switches. It can be mounted easily on the wall, or placed on the floor.
What the strip does is to keep the outlets covered and the plugs away from kids. It also has an expandable design that is able to fit all power strips up to 13.5 inches in length.
It helps you enclose the power outlets, the plugs, the on/off switches, and also prevents all cords from being pulled out by your baby.
There are some side tabs that you can easily press to slide it open and insert the power strip in to the inner cover. You will therefore be plugging in your appliances easily and then replacing the cover to keep it safe. The cords are able to extend from the top of the strip.
You can easily use this safety strip in the kid’s nursery, in your home office, in the living room, where he mostly spends his time, and even in the bathrooms, kitchen and showers to ensure your baby does not have access to the power outlets.
Cleaning the strip is also very easy, and all you need to do it remove the cover and wipe it with a damp cloth. Remember to allow it to dry out before using it again, as you know that electricity and water do not mix.
Edge & Corner Guards – For Edges and Corners Protection
This revolutionary new product allows your baby to roam free and safely all over the house, because it is able to protect him from accidents caused by sharp corners such as sofas and counter top edges
It uses the best materials to give your furniture safety bumpers, and does not make use of any toxic or flame-retardant chemicals. It is a corner guard that is independently tested and revealed not to contain any BPA, heavy metals or latex materials.
It is quite dense and soft as well, ensuring that whenever your baby bumps into a sofa, he is not hurt in any way. You can therefore say goodbye to the common and frequent bumps that your baby always gets on his forehead.
It’s pretty easy to install as well, and all you need to do is to peel the 3M adhesive tape and attach it to the edge of the sofa or counter top.
It is provided with a quite long edge cushion and can cover a distance of up to 18 feet. This makes it one of the longest child proofing products in the market. You can place it all over your kitchen counter, or dining table and it will go all round, ensuring no space is left uncovered.
TV and Furniture Anti-Tip Straps
TV’s are another big risk when it comes with wandering toddlers, because they are an easy mark.
Your baby can easily touch them or push them especially if you have the latest flat screen products that do not have a back body for stability. When they are pushed, they fall and break, which is such a nightmare as you will need to replace them, not to mention that the curious child may get hurt.
These anti-tip straps ensure that your TV’s and other types of furniture are secure in such a way that they cannot tip over and fall.
It is an easy to use product that doesn’t contain any plastic parts, which will definitely give you peace of mind when it comes to the safety of your child. It has strong metallic parts that are able to handle any type of TV.
The packaging comes with all the necessary hardware for you to mount the TV without any assistance from a handy man. It is also able to handle TV’s that measure 70 inches as well.
It is designed with the highest safety and quality standards and has a long lifespan as well.
The product comes with a 100% money back guarantee and a warranty to convince you of the stability of the product. Companies with this level of confidence tend to be extremely trustworthy and dependable.
This is a product that will always give you peace of mind whether you are at home or not. Even when your babies are older, it is still advisable to keep using the straps because you never know what can happen especially when they are playing all over the house.
Stove Knob Covers - Clear View for covering your stove
If you are like most people, you have probably never thought of using one of these covers for your stove, or you have never heard of it.
This is a product designed to help protect your stove knobs from your curious baby. Most parents have had an experience where babies will venture into the kitchen and turn all the stove knobs on, which is quite dangerous as it releases the gas.
You can easily use these clear stove knob covers to protect your child from these dangers. The knob allows easy access for adults but it is difficult for the baby to open. The fact that it is clear also allows you to see whether the stoves are on or off.
This video may be helpful for you to understand how it works:
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Twin Door Outlet Covers - For protection against electric shocks
This is the first ever child proofing product that is designed to protect your baby against electric shocks. It conveniently guards outlets that are constantly in use. It has a 2-piece design that allows adults to easily plug and unplug electrical products, but makes it very difficult for the curious little ones to access the outlets.
This cover encloses an electric outlet even when it is in use – this is excellent because you can continue using the electric outlet whilst also making sure your baby cannot touch it.
It fits all the safety standards for outlets and can be installed easily on the wall. For electric products, it is important to have one that is safe to use, and one that assures you that it will not fail and cause an accident in your home.
This product is fully tested and meets all the requirements for electric control in your home.
Also, it’s pretty easy to install. You do not require to call a handy man to help with the installation, neither do you need to have a screw driver in order to use it. All you need to do is remove the large box and place it over your electric outlet.
It also helps children from removing the plugged-in cords, and prevents them from inserting things into the power outlets such as toys and sticks.
Child Safety Door Top Metal Lock (tougher than the plastic version)
This is yet another revolutionary product that keeps babies out of unwanted rooms and areas.
It is a product that you drill into the door frame at the top, and it will keep the door from opening easily by children. Adults can however be able to go in and out as they wish.
Unlike other similar products, this one is made of high-quality metal and not plastic. This makes it efficient and reliable.
You will however need to first measure your door before purchasing the lock, in order to ensure that it fits perfectly, and in addition, you may require the services of a professional handy man, as it needs you to drill a screw to secure it in place.
It comes with holes for you to attach a hook or a rod to it if you are not tall enough to reach the door top. Bear in mind that the hooks and rods are not provided in the packaging and you need to get them separately.
This lock rests on top of your door, and therefore your baby cannot reach it easily, and it will effectively keep them from accessing the front door, the bathroom, the kitchen, the basement, and any other areas that are unsafe for crawling or walking babies.
This is actually a better product compared to door handle covers and other types of door knobs.
Floating Toy Safety Thermometer – For Infant Baby Baths
This is a thermometer used to measure the water temperature for bath water and also the room. Now, it is not only a thermometer but also a fancy clock that displays the temperature in Celsius and Fahrenheit.
When you put it into the water, it will measure the temperature automatically and lets you know when it is the right temperature. Say goodbye to the old temperature measurement methods of using your palms and elbows and say hello to this incredible technology that ensures your baby is safe at all times especially the infants.
It comes with a screen that displays the temperature and the time. In addition, the alarm will alert you if the water is too hot or too cold.
When the temperature is below 89.6℉ (32.0 ℃) it will display a green light, and also sound a reminder. The red light will only go off when the water temperature goes above 102.2℉ (39.0 ℃), which is a danger zone.
It is made of ABS/PVC, which are environmentally safe materials. It is also waterproof, BPA-free and made without any toxic materials. It also has a built-in battery that does not require frequent replacement.
This product complies with the EN 71 and CPSC standards for child safety, which means that you can rest assured it will not cause any harm to your baby. It doesn’t produce any chemical reactions with the water, and also helps to ensure that the water is safe for the baby.
It is designed as a little yellow duck with an easy to grab shape that is able to attract your baby’s attention and make him more interested in taking a bath. The soft material also feels great and doesn’t have any sharp edges that could harm your baby.
It is an exquisite workmanship with bright colors that your baby will surely fall in love with.
Door Lever Lock – Ideal for Doors and Handles
If you have ever had your little one lock themselves or even you in a room, then you will love this next product.
This lock is designed for children that tend to be too smart for their own good. Getting locked in your bedroom by your baby, or the baby locking himself in a room within the house is one of the most frightening experiences for any parent.
There have been many reported cases of children mostly getting locked up in the bathroom.
With this product, you can finally rest easy that this will never happen again. It fits almost all handles and it is very easy to install. You simply need to peel and stick in between the handle. It has a very strong 3M adhesive tape that no child can be able to remove.
When your child grows up and you no long require it, removing it is also quite easy. Just peel and remove.
It comes with instructions that allows you to correctly place it on the door handle. All you need to do is rotate its arms in the open position and ensure to allow clearance for the handle to rotate easily.
To activate and deactivate the lock is also easy – you just press the buttons on the top and bottom, and then rotate the handles from the locked and unlocked positions. Do the opposite to deactivate the lock.
Digital Bath Spout Cover – For protection against bumps and bruises
If you have a crawling little one, then you must know how easy it is for them to get bumped on the head while trying to walk. Babies can get hit by the side of a table, the door knob or even faucets that are within their height.
This is a product you probably didn’t know about, because it is not very popular with most child proofing products but it is one you may appreciate greatly.
It is made of foam and prevents bumps and bruises. In addition, it comes with a built-in thermometer with a color-coded display to help you know how high the temperature is.
It is a one-size-for-all product that is designed to fit into all faucets, and removal is very easy when you do not need to use it any more.
It is soft and cushy and mildew resistant as well.
In case your baby is tall enough and doesn’t really require this spout cover, you can still use it when bathing him in the bathtub to make him safe and comfortable.
Keeping your baby safe should be your number one priority. This article is about child safety tools that you may not have known they existed in the market, but these are products that many people are using effectively and you should try them as well.
Do not take it for granted even if you stay at home all day long, it only takes a second for your baby to fall, or bump into something that will harm him, so do the necessary research and ensure you acquire all you need to keep your child safe at all times.