Recently, one of my readers sent me an email and asked me which products are my favorite for baby-proofing my house.
So, I decided to write this post to make the information available to everyone and save you time as you search for the right solutions to keep your baby safe.
I know you want to reduce your little one’s chances of being hurt...so you will love these handy innovations to make that job easier!
1. Stairway Special Gate from Cardinal Gates
Protect your baby from a nasty fall from the top of any stairs. Install this handy gate that permanently mounts on both sides and can even be attached with up to a 30-degree angle on two flat surfaces. It is durable, extendable with optional panels, and swings open with one-handed operation. One of my all-time favorites!
- For more ideas, check out our guide to the best baby gates for stairs (top and bottom)
2. X-tra Guard Multi-Use Latches from Munchkin
These handy-dandy devices are so useful, I can’t imagine baby-proofing without them. They work for toilets, fridges, cabinets, drawers, and more. If you don’t want baby to open it, chances are these will do the job. They are installed with adhesive and have a flexible strap so they can navigate around corners or curved surfaces. With simple, dual-button release operation they are easy for adults to open, but impossible for little ones. I think these are one of the greatest safety latches on the market.
3. TV Anchors from Secure Home by Jessa Leona
One of the most common hazards in modern homes are TVs and other heavy objects and furniture that can tip and fall on little children. Don’t let this happen to your child! These inexpensive, anti-tip, heavy-duty straps with solid metal connecting parts can be used to secure these dangers to the wall and remove this risk. As one of the best on the market, I can’t recommend these strongly enough.
4. Moby Bath Spout Cover from Skip Hop
We love this soft rubber safety device whale that is designed to keep the kiddos heads from banging the bathtub’s faucet. Not only is it easy to adjust into place and mildew-resistant, the tail doubles as a handy hook for your washcloth or soap-on-a-rope. It is super cute and my kids think it makes bathtime twice the fun. Because it is one of our favorites, it makes this handy product an easy choice to share with you!
5. Video Baby Monitor from Infant Optics
For the best peace of mind when you are in another room, nothing beats this incredible piece of technology that will let you keep tabs on everything baby is doing. Being able to customize angle and zoom while observing your child on the large, clear display brings baby monitoring to a whole new level. I especially love the long battery life on the portable screen and the sound-activated LED lights that alert you to baby’s cries, plus so many other features that make this product the queen of baby monitors.
6. Finger Pinch Guard from Safety 1st
This handy gadget is inexpensive and simple to use, but so perfect for protecting baby’s tender fingers from slamming doors. It is made of high-density foam and keeps a door from closing all of the way (leaving approx. a 1.5-1.75-inch gap between door and jamb). Place it higher than your child can reach and relieve the terror of kids getting pinched fingers or accidentally locking themselves into a room.
7. Magnetic Cabinet Locks from Safety Baby
Get ready to have your mind blown with these ingenious little locks! Not your standard system from yesteryear, these require no drilling, no screwing, and no holes in your cabinetry. Adhered with strong 3M adhesive, these are activated with a magnetic “key” that allows you to open and close your cabinets with ease when you are ready, but leaves your toddler confounded. With my active and curious 11-month old, these are the perfect solution for my kitchen and utility rooms, and I am so excited to pass on this recommendation!
8. Outlet Plugs from Mommy’s Helper
Nothing fancy here, just the simplest and least expensive option for keeping little fingers away from dangerous outlets. I love the 36-count package because our house has so-many-rarely-used outlets! These outlet caps are frosted clear and fit fairly tight, so even the craftiest little tyke won’t be able to pull them out. These are a life-saver!
9. Self-Closing Outlet Covers from Safety Baby
Though I love inexpensive, basic outlet plugs for rarely used sockets, I do have a few outlets that I plug things into (and out of) frequently. In these places, it is so much more handy, though a little more expensive, to have self-closing covers. These completely remove the hassle of keeping track of an outlet cover while running my vacuum or steam mop, and allows me to move swiftly from room to room. These are a great invention that protect my baby even when I am busy, and I am so happy to have found these.
10. Caring Corners Furniture Guards from The Hamptons Baby Company
My new toddler is still a bit unsteady on her feet and is forever falling this way and that. I have to protect her from a few sharp corners in our home so that she doesn’t end up seriously injured. Enter “Caring Corners.” Attached with a strong adhesive, these handy little guards are rounded, semi-flexible protectors that turn a dangerous piece of furniture into something that you can keep, even with little children around. It works on solid wood, tile, stone, metal, or plastic corners, and is easily installed and removed with simple instructions.