(Closed) Baby-proofing for others

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I would not put bars on my windows, prior to having kids I did nothing and we just would keep the kids always close and make sure they didn’t get into anything they weren’t supposed to. Now that I have a baby that’s mobile we’re starting to baby proof our house but I would never expect someone else to baby proof if they didn’t have kids. You may want to make sure before babies come over that your breakables are out of reach. As far as I’m concerned, it’s my responsibility to make sure my child is safe and not getting into anything they shouldn’t when we are at someone else’s house. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

AB Bride:  It is much more relaxing for the guests if the house is somewhat baby-proofed- but expecting every person’s house you visit with your kid to be baby-proofed is ridiculous- the responsibility should definitely be on the guest, not the hosts! I think they’d really appreciate it (I know I would) if you have a baby gate and maybe those outlet plugs. But that would be a courtesy on your part, not a requirement! I think bars on the windows in way overkill since I haven’t even done that in my own home for my toddler, so…..

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Basically, I take everything off the coffee table.  That’s pretty much it.  

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I think if you’ll be babysitting, and therefore the responsibility for the child is in your hands, then a little bit more baby proofing would be beneficial. Still, I don’t think bars on the windows are necessary. Securing cabinets with dangerous items like bathroom and under the kitchen sink, cleaning supplies etc. Hiding cords and wires, using baby gates, it wouldn’t hurt to secure heavy furniture with tipping potential to the walls but as long as you’re not leaving the child unattended in the room with these items it should be ok.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i would just remove any breakables/choking hazards.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

AB Bride:  If you’re actually baby-sitting, I’d say you can baby-proof as much as you want. The more baby-proofed the house it, the more YOU can relax and let the kid play with a little less supervision. Like, you could maybe go pee alone or make dinner or something. If the house is really unsafe for a kid then you really do have to supervise them constantlyl although it does depend on how old and how mobile the child is.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

I wouldn’t baby proof my very child unfriendly house personally because if you bring your child to my place I expect you to watch them. I would move breakables and do what I could to make it safe but I would not premenantly install anything in my house.

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Bars on the windows is just nuts. It’s a house where you are babysitting, not a freaking prison.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think if you’re takng responsibility of a child in your house that’s one thing but if you just have guests over with young children it’s different. 

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

AB Bride:  For me it will depend on if it’s a weekend visit or if I’m babysitting.

I have outlet covers for my plugs and our medicine cabinet is out of reach.  If my newphew were to come now I’d probably have to do something to keep him out of the bathroom and I’d be concerned about our bookshelves.  they’re not secured and the stories of kids pulling them over terrify me.  I don’t know if I’d go so far as to bolt them to the wall but I’d be a nervous wreck.

By-laws here mean that because I’m in an apartment building and above X floor (I can’t remember which floor it starts at) there are thigns that keep my windows from opening more than about 4″. 

I wouldn’t put bars on my windows unless I was really worried that the kid is a climber and might fall out…

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

My mom occassionally watches my 10-month old, including overnights at her house. We have outlet covers in the room my daughter plays in and the cabinet under the kitchen sink has a lock. If my mom needs to step away from my daughter, she goes in her pack n play, play pen, high chair, etc. It would probably be easier for you to contain the child than to do full-on baby-proofing. Bars on the windows seems kinds crazy. We’ll put locks on my daughter’s second floor windows, but that’s it.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

AB Bride:  How is old this child that you will be babysitting and is the child extremly. So active that you Mother-In-Law is suggesting to put bars on the window for a reason! Or do you live in a high apartment building?

If you are babysitting a baby, that is not moble yet then there really is nothing for you to do yet. Wait till the baby grows and can purchase things as you need them. I would start with a simple baby monator, and baby floor matt if the baby is still an infant. If the child is a two year old terror then you may want to listen to you Mother-In-Law advice. 🙂

I think if you will be babysitting a child in your home then it is your reponsablity to make sure your home is safe for the child. Maybe a few plug covers and that handle on the bathrron door knob should be sufficiant if you you are only having the child over on the odd day. But if you will be babysitting this child full time then you should look into getting you home child proofed. Your local health unuit should be able to provide with a baby proof list for your home or condo space. 

If the child has behavioral issues, kiddoes you for helping someone who really does need a break, but I really don’t think any home needs bars on the windows. Maybe like MsGinko suggested if you live in a condo and are high up then maybe clips to stop the windows from opening more then 4 inches.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

Do what you feel comfortable with. Bars on windows is extreme to me. Moving breakables, choking hazards make sense. If you are babysitting, then you should be watching the child to make sure he/she doesn’t pull on a bookshelf. When I would babysit my neices and nephews, they came to the bathroom with me so I could watch them, they went in a highchair during dinner time……you really can’t leave the child alone, thats the whole point of babysittting. We had free standing bookshelves not bolted to walls and had no issues. Outlet covers are a decent idea and fairly cheap. If someone else is bringing their child over, like pp said, they should watch their child and not expect your home to be babyproofed. In my honest opinion. 

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