Note: This post is sponsored by Munchkin, but as always, all opinions are 100% my own!
If there is one thing I’ve learned as a mama, it’s that making your house 100% baby safe is impossible! I swear Maxwell can make anything dangerous. I’ve witnessed him use my car keys as a weapon to his own eyes! I’m just attempting to limit the dangers in our house and make things as safe as possible for my crazy munchkin on the move! (Here’s the first 6 months all in one little update!) He’s now 8 months, and took his first step over Thanksgiving (ahh!). He’s certainly not walking yet, but he can stand alone for 30ish seconds at a time and walks around the edges of everything. He can crawl like nobodies business and when he sets his eyes on something, he absolutely figures out a way to get it! Even if it means climbing a bench, box, toy or whatever. Baby proofing our house is a must. Here’s what we did…
Baby Proofing Checklist:
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- Outlets: Just to be safe, I stuck these in all of our outlets. (I use these outlet covers.)
- Fireplace: This was a major dilemma for us since our fireplace sits at ground level and Maxwell loves the fake ash, go figure! I had cardboard taped over it for about a month. And then my mom came to town and suggested we move one of the benches from Maxwell’s room in front of the fireplace. Works like a charm! Obviously, if we want to turn on the fireplace, we have to move the bench.
- Coffee table: We decided to get rid of our cute little table we scored at an estate sale for $7.50 because it was light weight and Maxwell could easily knock the whole thing over! But, if you have a sturdy table that you love think about adding Munchkin soft impact corner cushions.
- Cords: He loves cords. It’s so weird and gross to me. He like to put the metal outlet in his mouth. Yuck. We are doing our best to teach him “No” and hide the cords that can be hidden. Like this one, under the rug:
- Blinds: Maxwell is infatuated with the blinds and cord. I just keep most of the windows up halfway and loop the cord around the blind so that he can’t reach it.
- Hardwood floors and rugs: We have hardwood floors, and a thin 8×10 rug on the floor. I found a really great deal on exercise floor foam pieces and put them under the rug for extra padding! That way no one can even see them, but the floor is super soft and ready for action. (The ones we have are similar to these from Amazon.)
- Secure furniture: Things like bookshelves and dressers need to be secured to the wall.
- Toilet: Make sure you close your toilet seat after each use! We also installed this toilet seat since it has a built in baby seat and is self closing so it won’t slam little fingers!
- Cabinets: We used these Munchkin latches on our cabinets. Easy to install and Maxwell can’t open them.
- Bathtub: The bathtub faucet is very exciting. It’s shiny and water spills out of it… Maxwell can’t resist. Thus, we covered it with this cute elephant to keep him from hitting his head! He now loves the elephant too.
- Cabinets and drawers: We only put latches on the cabinets that have cleaning supplies in them. He knows where the cookie sheets, plastic strainer, and measuring cups live!
- Oven: This one is really scary to me, and I’m not sure what to do about it, except to continue to attempt to teach him “No” and “Danger” and “Hot”. When we moved in, I was seriously so confused about our oven drawer, but finally figured out it is a broiler. regardless, I’ve never used it and it gets really hot when the oven is on and that handle is perfect for Maxwell to pull up on! Any suggestions?
- Cups: He loves to drink water! And I love this Miracle 360 cup! It allows him to drink out of the rim like he prefers, but doesn’t spill. Like really doesn’t spill. Only the suction of your mouth can break the seal and allow water to come through. Pure genius!
- Poison control: Hopefully we never need it, but just in case, I have the number to poison control on the fridge. The poison control emergency hotline is: emergency hotline is: (800) 222-1222
- Trashcans: Put them in a spot where baby can’t get it. It just makes such a mess!
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