Baby proofing your kitchen is a must for all parents.

Kitchen Baby Proofing Checklist

The kitchen is one of those areas in the house where it would probably just be easier if your little one would stay out. Making dinner, washing dishes, putting groceries away; none of these activities provide a convenient time to keep an eye on your little guy or gal. But keeping them out of the kitchen while you're doing those tasks? Good luck with that. That's why baby proofing your kitchen is so important. There are undoubtably dozens of real threats to your little ones in the kitchen that you want to keep them safe from. As always, make sure you pay close attention to the tasks with your kiddo's age group highlighted.

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!

Locking your refrigerator will help keep out of the fridge and from smashing their fingers in the door.

Lock Refrigerator

Lock Refrigerator

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

Refrigerator doors are big and heavy, plus there's tons of stuff inside of them that can make messes. It's easy to see what could go wrong when little hands open the refrigerator. Make sure it stays closed when you don't need in it by adding one of the several types of refrigerator locks. They're pretty cheap and easy to install.

Stove knob locks are simple and easy-to-install gadgets that will keep little hands from turning on a gas stove.

Lock Stove Knobs

Lock Stove Knobs

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

This is often one of those over-looked baby proofing tasks because it isn't as obvious as most dangers in the home. Unfortunately though, if stove knobs are low enough for little hands to reach them, the danger is very real. Like most baby proofing products, stove knob covers are cheap, easy to intsall, an are well worth the effort.

GFCI outlets are an absolute necessity around water sources to prevent electric shock.

Install GFCI Outlets

Install GFCI Outlets

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

Water an electric don't mix. This is one of the basic principles GFCI outlets (the ones with the little buttons between the plugs) are made for. Any time outlets are near a water source--mostly in the bathroom and kitchen--there's a risk for the water and electric to meet. GFCI outlets help prevent shock by shutting off the electric to the outlet immediately when anything interferes with the electric current inside of them--like a drop of water. Hopefully these are already installed around the sinks in your home. If they are, discussion over. If they're not, I highly recommend having an electrician install them for you. I believe they're even coded requirements in a lot of areas.

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..

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.