Babyproof windows are an absolute must. Windows present several safety risks to a young child:
- Children can open unlocked windows, potentially leading to a serious fall injury or the child getting out of the house unattended
- Blinds and cords can present a strangulation risk
- Ledges with sharp corners can cause lacerations
Babyproof Windows: Tips & Tricks
The first thing to do is to remove any furniture or household objects that could allow your child to access high windows.
Second, check your windows for built-in locks. Most recently built or renovated homes will have windows that have locking mechanisms already built in. Lock all of your windows, and ensure that the locks are out of reach for tiny hands. If your windows don’t have locks, or if the locks are easily accessible to your child, you’ll need to add some additional safety measures.
Third, for any windows that do not have built-in locks, you’ll need to identify the type of window opening mechanism that you have in your home, as the type of window will dictate your babyproofing options. There are three general opening mechanisms:
Hung windows work by sliding a pane of glass up or down. Single hung windows only allow the bottom panel to be moved, while double hung windows allow both top and bottom panels to be moved.
Sliding windows have panes that slide left and/or right to open the window.
Casement or crank windows have a hand crack that is rotated to open the window.
Finally, don’t forget to babyproof blinds and cords. Children can easily get caught in looped cords or blinds, which pose a serious strangulation risk. Cordless blinds are ideal, but if you do not have cordless blinds, invest in some cord wraps.
Babyproof Windows: Recommended Products
For hung or sliding windows, the Cardinal Gates Window Warden is a great product. Super easy to install, this does the trick of keeping kids from opening windows while making them easy to open for adults.
- Visually unobtrusive
- Easily removed by adults
- Drilling required
If you have crank windows and cannot remove the handles, or if you have windows that need some extra protection, you’ll unfortunately have to resort to a rather unsightly window guard. Just remember that this it is only temporary! I prefer the Kidco Mesh Window Guard. It is reasonably priced and avoids the jail-like feel of the metal bar guards.
- No metal bars, unlike other window guards
- Quick release switch for adults
- Drilling required
- Not aesthetically pleasing
- Some kids will figure out release mechanism
If you have blinds with cords, you’ll want to wrap the cords out of reach of your children. I love the Cardinal Gates Clear Cord Safety Wraps. They mount with strong adhesive and are nearly invisible unless you are really looking for them. Although hardware-mounted options are technically stronger, I find that because these are generally mounted in a high, low traffic area, the adhesive holds up just fine.
- No drilling required
- Blends in with decor
- Low price point
- Adhesive might leave a mark after removal
- Not as sturdy as hardware-mounted options
Babyproof Windows: DIY Options
If you have casement windows, the easiest thing to do is to simply remove the cranks from the windows until your child is older.