Five Things You Can Babyproof Without Spending a Cent

Five Things You Can Babyproof Without Spending a Cent

Carrie McBride
Apr 19, 2010

Every parent wants to keep their child safe and it's tempting to buy every gadget and doo-dad out there for babyproofing your home. But there are plenty of things you can do that don't cost a penny that will improve the safety of your home for a baby.

1. Take things off low shelves - either things that could be hazardous to your baby or vice versa. Easy targets are glass, ceramic or electronic items. At my house, we removed our books which our son found quite tasty. Replace with toys or baby and kid books. As time goes on you'll be able to reclaim these shelves.

2. Move chemicals - most of us house our detergents and cleaners under our kitchen and/or bath sinks. You could buy safety latches for your cabinet doors or just move those chemicals up high.

3. Re-run electrical cords - many people do their best to put these out of the way for aesthetic reasons anyway, but if you never bothered before now is a good time to put that power strip on your desk instead of on the floor or run cords behind your couch, etc.

4. Move plants out of reach - we're not experts, but we know many plants are toxic if ingested. Do your research on your plants or else move them off the ground or low surfaces. As your child gets older and learns that they're not for eating, move them back.

5. Get in the practice of closing doors - this may not be practical depending on your home, but simply closing a door to a room (the bathroom, for example) is a good start for keeping your baby out.

What no-cost babyproofing steps can you add to our list?

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