Last updated on January 26th, 2024 at 02:55 pm
We all know how curious and quick those tiny tots can be, so of course, childproofing is a must. Luckily, keeping your home safe doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag!
In this article, we’re going to explore some savvy and budget-friendly ways to childproof your home. Let’s talk about how to create a safer living space for your kiddos, where safety meets savings!
Childproofing the Kitchen
Childproofing the kitchen is vital, as there are all kinds of potential dangers your little one can get into. Start by keeping heavy objects away from counter ledges, store cleaning chemicals high and out of reach, and clean up spills to avoid the potential for trips and falls.
You’ll also want to tackle those lower cabinets–consider installing childproof locks to keep curious explorers out of trouble. Next up, stove knob covers are your kitchen superheroes, preventing tiny hands from turning the heat on unexpectedly. Oh, and those dangly cords hanging from your blinds? Tie them up high to avoid any accidental tugs. Finally, secure the trash can–because, let’s face it, you really don’t want your child getting into the garbage!
Nothing is a substitute for your watchful eye, but with a few tweaks here and there, your kitchen can be a much safer space for your children.
Childproofing the Living Room
There are many affordable ways to childproof a living room, where your kids probably spend most of their waking hours. The cheapest one is simply to be smart about arranging the furniture. As kids grow, they may climb onto chairs and couches and potentially reach nearby windows or knock items off shelves. Until your kids are more responsible, set up the living room so it’s comfortable, but danger is not an option.
Another step you should never skip is capping off potentially harmful table corners with inexpensive covers or bumpers. You can also invest in affordable baby gates and use them to block off any dangerous areas of the house, including the kitchen, fireplace, and stairs.
Some people prefer to use a larger closed-in baby fence or portable play yard that keeps little ones corraled and out of danger. Just make sure that there aren’t any power cords or curtains nearby that they can grab. An easy and affordable way to secure cords is to gather them up with zip ties, and secure them out of the way.
Avoid Hazards In The Garage
When kid-proofing any space in your home, organization is key. By keeping everything in its proper place, there’s a reduced chance that a random object can become a hazard. This is especially true in the garage.
Older kids may be in the garage from time to time under your supervision as you work on crafts or when you teach them DIY skills, so you should keep the space safe.
A good way to start when childproofing and organizing the garage is to eliminate items you no longer need. Remove expired vehicle fluids and old pieces of wood or construction material you don’t have a use for.
There are so many ways you can use organization to child-proof your garage that will protect the kids and allow you to be more efficient when you’re using the space too.
Installing cabinets or inexpensive shelving will keep dangerous items out of reach. Put chemicals and sharp gardening equipment up and out of reach. And, in the case of a chemical spill, contain it with sand or kitty litter and sweep it away safely. Finally, make sure cabinets are locked. If your water heater is in the garage, gate that area off.
And, if you have a tendency to hold onto things “just in case” you need them or with the idea that you “might” someday have time for that DIY project or will fix up that old car, be sure you’re being honest with yourself.
You can free up space when you clear the clutter and maybe even earn some extra cash when you finally decide to get rid of the car you own that doesn’t run. When it comes to old cars, there are all kinds of options, including having it towed to a local dealership to sell or trade it in. Or, you can list it for sale on your own. If it’s not in good condition, you might be suprised how much you can get by selling it to a local scrapyard–something I know firsthand!
Keep Outdoor Spaces Safe
The backyard is, of course, the kids’ place to play, so you need to ensure it’s safe. Do it right, and you can create a private backyard oasis where you and your children can spend more time in nature and less time in front of the television.
How you child-proof the yard will depend on your particular circumstances. Pools and hot tubs can be especially dangerous, so install fences around them that have a latch and locking gate. The fence may be the most expensive thing you build while kid-proofing the yard, but it’s crucial since it only takes a moment for an unsupervised child to drown. The more protections you add to your pool, the better. In addition to the fence, put a cover on top that children cannot open.
If you have a shed in the backyard, take many of the same precautions as you do in the garage by keeping chemicals and machines out of reach and keeping the shed locked. You can store more items in the shed by installing shelves or hooks.
Finally, if you have a jungle gym or swing set, ensure it is built on level ground. Place it on a safe surface, such as rubber mulch, which should be placed beneath and around the equipment. Grass and turf are not good options, as they do not have the ability to absorb shock. Maintain the playset regularly, checking that all ladders and swings are secure.
These kid-proofing methods are inexpensive, don’t take too long, and are worth all of your effort to keep your kids safe and healthy!