Baby proofing your child's bedroom or nursery is vital to their safety.

Bedroom / Nursery Baby Proofing Checklist

The bedroom or nursery is likely one of the cutest and coziest places in your home, and for good reason. It should also be one of the safest rooms in your home. This is where you'll leave your kiddo unattended for 8ish hours every night. That's why baby proofing their bedroom (and yours) is so important. You want to make sure that your little one is safe even when you're not with them. Following the baby proofing checklist for the bedroom below will make sure you and your joey get a good (and safe) night's sleep. As always, make sure you pay close attention to the tasks with your kiddo's age group highlighted.

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..

Use a baby monitor to keep an eye on your baby or child while they're sleeping or playing in another room.

Use a Baby Monitor

Use a Baby Monitor

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

Baby monitors. These things are getting really intense. The options are endless. At the end of the day, it's just a really good idea to be able to hear from another room when your little one is stirring, crying, or otherwise needing help. A basic sound only monitor will do the trick, but if you want to be able to see your baby without going in their room, grab a monitor with a camera and you'll be all set.

Using a window blind cord wrap keeps long curtain cords out of reach of your child, making your windows safer.

Keep Window Blind Cords Out of Reach

Keep Window Blind Cords Out of Reach

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

Kiddos tend to find the oddest things incredibly amusing, don't they? Window blind cords are definitely one of those odd, yet oh-so-interesting things for little ones. I don't get it, but then again, I don't eat my boogers either. Either way, keeping those window blind strings out of reach of your kiddos is a good idea. One of my daughters used to try to swing on the blind strings like Tarzan. She certainly yelled like him, but was never as graceful and our blinds always paid the price. Plus, the threat of the strings getting wrapped around your child's neck is there too.

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!

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.

Bed rails will keep your toddler or child from falling out of bed at night.

Install Bed Rails

Install Bed Rails

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

When I was a kid, the "thump" I heard in the middle of the night would scare me because I thought it was a monster. Now that I'm a dad, that same noise scares me because I think one of my daughters rolled out of her bed. At least that was until I installed railings on their beds. I would even recommend installing them on a toddler bed, which includes the crib that converts into a toddler bed. My middle daughter rolled out of her toddler bed just about every night after we converted her crib. The bed rails still allow my girls to get out of bed on their own, but almost completely remove the risk of them rolling out while they're asleep.

A trash can lock will help keep your child away from gross and/or harmful items that have been discarded.

Lock Trash Can

Lock Trash Can

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

Most trash cans don't stand a chance against the curiosity of your little joey. They're wide open and filled with stuff you likely won't want your little one playing with. Ours used to love playing with used q-tips. Gross. So we have three options: try to keep those little hands out of the trash yourself (good luck with that), remove the trash can altogether, or use a child proof trash can. I'm not sure about you, but I'll take door number three all day and twice on Sundays.



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.