TVs pose a serious risk to children. Toddlers and older children love television, and the relatively lightweight flat screens that most homes have today are easily toppled over.
Babyproofing TVs: Tips
There are two general methods to babyproof televisions: wall mounting and anti-tip straps.
If you have a TV that sits on a TV stand, first, you should make sure that the TV stand is appropriate for the size of the TV. Many TVs are rather haphazardly placed on small furniture or old stands that are not really built to accommodate the large flat-screen sets that most people have today.
Babyproofing TVs: Product Recommendations
As far as TV anchors go, the Secure Home TV Anti-Tip Straps (~$18 per set) are extremely sturdy and easy-to-install.
- Relatively easy installation
- Sturdy (metal)
- All hardware included
- Requires drilling
- Can be unsightly if your TV is not set against the wall
Another option is to mount TVs to the wall. This requires a bit more work and handyman skills than the TV anchors, but it’s a nice option to have. There are dozens of wall mounts available, so be sure to find one that works for your brand and size of TV. The Mounting Dream with Full Motion Arm (~$25) is great for 26-55 inch TVs, and has the added bonus of easily swiveling and rotating.