(Closed) baby proofing – fence him out or fence him in?

posted 9 years ago in Babies
Post # 17
940 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

My daughter will be 4 weeks old tomorrow, and we haven’t done a thing to babyproof our house.  I’m a Stay-At-Home Mom, so we’re going to wait until she’s more mobile before we spend a small fortune on gadgets that we won’t know until later whether or not we’ll even need.

Personally, I think that there are a lot of products out there designed to make someone rich.  Some common sense and careful attention can make many of those items unnecessary.

Post # 18
270 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2001

I did start out with outlet covers on all the ones they could get to, but they just take them off and play with them.  After they start doing that, I just leave them off an do my best to watch them.

Post # 19
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

We did like MrsSpring.  We started with the room she spent the most time in, and baby proofed it.  All the outlets are covered, the power strip is in a power strip safety thing, and we put up a super-gate area.  Basically she had 8’x8′ play area so we could leave her there if we had to step away.  She liked to sit in her high chair and watch while we cooked in the kitchen or cleaned.  We have a wall-support for the flat screen but haven’t mounted it yet so the tv has a fence around it to keep her off and there is another one around the treadmill so that she won’t get hurt on that either.  The kitchen has cabinet latches on every door and have been ESSENTIAL.  We bracketed our bookshelf to the wall as well as her dresser in her room.  We have a baby gate at the top of the stairs, but not the bottom.  We didn’t babyproof the bathrooms or other rooms, we just keep the doors closed all the time.  (We do that anyway so it is a habit that we have so it’s natural for us.)  We have a playpen but we really only use it as a changing area and for nap times.  Dear Daughter never liked being in it while awake.

I think the most important things to do are put latches on the bottom cabinets in the kitchen and to bracket all heavy and tippable furniture to the wall.  I had a friend lose his son when he tried to climb in the bottom drawer of a dresser and the tv sitting on the dresser fell on him.  If you will let your LO run around the house then you need to babyproof any area the baby can get to on their own.  If you keep them in one area it is easier to keep that area safe.

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