Baby Proofing Checklists and Resources

Everything you need to remember when you baby proof your home. Organized by rooms of your home and by the development level of your little one.

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Baby Proofing Checklists and Resources

Everything you need to remember when you baby proof your home. Organized by rooms of your home and by the development level of your little one.

Get Started!

Your Home. Your baby. Safer.

Whether you're a new parent, or your little one just became mobile, you likely need to "baby proof" your home. Well, you've come to the right place! Baby Proofing Guide is your one-stop-shop to find out everything you need to do to make your home as safe as possible for your little one whether they're a newborn, crawler, toddler, or a big kid. Baby proofing doesn't need to be complicated or expensive, but it should be taken seriously. Feel free to use this site to quickly glance through everything worth considering when you're ready to baby proof your home. Decide what works for your situation and get it done. That's it--no wondering if you've thought of everything, and no putting your kiddos at risk if you forget something.

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Most Recent Baby and Child Product Recalls

Crate & Barrel Push Walkers Recall

August 20, 2019

Crate & Barrel Push Walkers Recall

Walkers can be damaged over time exposing sharp points and small parts, posing choking and laceration hazards to small children.

SAMpark Children's Pajamas Recall

August 20, 2019

SAMpark Children's Pajamas Recall

The pajamas fail to meet the federal flammability standard for children's sleepwear that requires sleepwear to be either snug-fitting or flame resistent, posing a risk of burn injuries to children.

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July 31, 2019

Sock & Wrist Rattle Sets Recall

Rattles sewn inside the socks and wristbands can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

July 31, 2019

Inclined Sleepers Recall

Infant fatalities have been reported while using other inclined sleep products, after the infants rolled from their back to their stomach.


5 Baby Proofing Tasks to Make Your Baby or Small Child Safer Today

Not sure where to start with baby proofing your home? Start here! I've compiled a list of the Top 5 Baby Proofing Tasks that are generally a great place to start. While these are not all-encompassing of everything you need to baby proof your home, they are the baseline for creating a baby proof home. If you start with these 5 tasks, you're well on your way to having a safer home for your little one. Happy baby proofing!

Installing outlet covers is a cheap and easy way to protect your child from electric shock.

Cover Outlets

Cover Outlets

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

Outlets...electric sources at a crawler's height. Perfect. What could go wrong?! *facepalm* Outlet covers are probably in the top three most popular baby proofing activities, and for good reason. They're super cheap and as easy to install as something gets, and they keep your baby away from feeling an electric zap. Sounds like a win-win-win to me! I recommend buying a ton of these things and putting them in every outlet in your home that doesn't already have something plugged into it..

Furniture straps are a key componant to ensuring your top-heavy furniture doesn't tip over onto your child.

Secure Furniture to Walls

Secure Furniture to Walls

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

Here's the tragic story we've all heard on the news. Toddler wants something on the dresser but is too short to reach it. So, they pull out the bottom drawer to stand on so they can reach their desired object. Their weight and leverage tips the whole dresser over and crushes the toddler. This can all be prevented by getting some simple furniture straps that connect your furniture to the wall. Make sure you do this with all taller furniture that is taller than your kiddo and could really hurt them if it falls over--and don't forget your TV!

Baby gates are one of the quickest and easiest ways to dramatically improve the safety of your child.

Set Up Baby Gates

Set Up Baby Gates

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

Baby gates. The classic baby proofing staple. Having well-placed baby gates prevent you from having to baby proof every single room in your house. The best strategy is to have a room like a living room where your kiddos will spend all of their time when they're not in bed, eating, or in the bath, baby proof that one room thoroughly, and put up a gate restricting your kiddo's escape from that room. When gating steps, be sure to use a wall-mounted variety at the top of the stairs and not the pressure-mounted kind. You don't want to risk a pressure mounted gate failing at the top of the stairs and having your little one tumble to the bottom.

Using cabinet locks will keep your little one's fingers out of harms way.

Lock Cabinets

Lock Cabinets

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

Cabinet locks are probably the most popular baby proofing gear out there. It makes sense, right? When you combine cabinet doors and drawers low to the ground, with your little one's intense curiousity, the two are bound to tango. Speaking from experience, the cabinets usually win. Plus, when your cabinets are locked, your kiddo can't access the stuff inside the cabinets (captain obvious, I know) which means less messes for you to clean up and less risk of your kiddos getting into cleaners or other harmful substances. The most common place these are installed is in the kitchen, but don't forget the bathroom too if you have cabinets in there!

Crib safety is critical to keeping your baby safe while they sleep.

Use Safe Sleeping Techniques

Use Crib Safety Techniques

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

To practice safe sleeping techniques, just think "ABC". The "A" stands for "Alone". Your baby should always be alone in their crib--free from blankets, pillows, other chilren, or adults. "B" is for "Back". Your baby should always be placed on their back in a crib. This is especially important for young infants who cannot yet roll over on their own. "C" is for "Crib". It is highly suggested that you put your child in a safe crib with a firm mattress to sleep. Other important notes: keep cords or other objects outside of the crib far enough away that an older baby (crawlers & toddlers) could pull the object into the crib with them. Also, do not use "drop-side cribs", and be sure that the gaps between the crib side rails are no more than 2 inches wide. Transfer your little one to a toddler bed when they're able to climb out of the crib independently, or at 2 years old, whichever comes first.



Development Levels


  Infant    Starts at birth | Ends when first mobile, 6-10 months*

  Crawler    Starts when first mobile, 6-10 months* | Ends First independent walking | 10-14 months*

  Toddler   Starts First independent walking | 10-14 months* | Ends around 4 years old.*

  Big Kid   Starts around 4 years old* | Ends when you feel your child can operate safely in your home without special safety measures.

*Ages based on averages.
Get more Development Level information here.

Special Note

You know your home, your child(ren), and your situation the best, so please use your own judgement about what baby proofing techniques and products work for you. The tips and suggestions on this site can help you make safety decisions, but they should not make safety decisions for you.