Baby proofing your living room will ensure your child has a safe place to play while at home.

Living Room Baby Proofing Checklist

The living room is probably where you spend a bulk of your time bonding with and loving on your beautiful little child. Comfy furniture, toys, and (most importantly) you fill the room. Unfortunately, dangers like fireplaces, sharp corners on furniture, and electric cords likely share the space with you. Baby proofing your living room is actually pretty easy if you know what to do. Just follow the suggestions below that have your little one's age group highlighted and you'll be well on your way to having your living room "baby proof".

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.

Installing bumper guards on your fireplace hearth will prevent minor to major injuries to your child.

Install Fireplace Bumper Guards

Install Fireplace Bumper Guards

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

The thought of a little noggin' making contact with the brick or other hard surfaces around a fireplace is enough to make any parent cringe. To prevent that from becoming a reality, look no further than fireplace bumper guards. They install quickly, and will prove their value after only the first close-call with the head of your child.

Using a fireplace gate will ensure your child stays far enough away from the fireplace so you can still have a fire.

Install Fireplace Gate

Install Fireplace Gate

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

Having a young child around doesn't mean you can't have fires in your fireplace. To keep them away from the heat simply install a gate around your fireplace. I would recommend using a metal gate so it won't melt near the heat, and attaching it to the walls around your fireplace so your little one can't knock it down and get around it. It's also a good idea to get one with a latching door so you can tend to the fire as needed. Gates made specifically for this purpose do exist and are definitely the way to go!

Locking your fireplace door will keep your child out of dirty ashes and potentially hot objects.

Lock Fireplace Door

Lock Fireplace Door

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

Many fireplaces come with built-in glass doors. If yours does, that's great! It's another layer of protection to keep your little one out of the fireplace even when you don't have a fire going. However, those doors are often very easy to open. That is, of course, unless you have a lock installed on them. These handy little doo-hickies are pretty helpful and can be installed on just about every set of fireplace doors in existence.

Furniture bumper guards keep your child from injury should they fall into a hard edge or corner.\

Install Furniture Bumper Guards

Install Furniture Bumper Guards

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

Most furniture in any home such as coffee tables, end tables, book shelves, entertainment centers, etc. have one thing in common. They have sharp corners that are at a perfect height for little ones to run into. Ouch. Thankfully, furniture bumper guards were made with this problem in mind. So in just a few minutes, you can dramatically reduce the risk of cuts, bumps, and bruises involving the furniture in your home.

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!

Cable box covers keep your child from pushing buttons on your cable box, DVD player, or other electronics.

Cover Cable Box

Cover Cable Box

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

Newborn  |  Crawler  |  Toddler Big Kid

It's pretty common to have a DVD player, cable box, audio receiver, etc. on an entertainment stand under the television. The unfortunate part is that they are often right at kid height and have tons of cool lights and buttons that are sure to draw the attention of your little ones. You can't exactly just cover the faces of these electronic boxes because then your remotes wouldn't work! What do you do? Get a clear plastic cover and double-stick/velcro it to your electronics boxes. Your remotes will still work, but little fingers won't be able to push any of the buttons.

Hiding electric cords ensures your child won't be able to unplug cords and gain access to outlets and other power sources.

Hide Electric Cords

Hide Electric Cords

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

Hiding electric cords is what I call a win-win. First, and most importantly, it keeps your kiddos from playing with the cords, which could get pulled out of the wall and expose the outlet, or get wrapped around their neck. Second, it is much neater looking than just letting the cords lay on the ground in plain site. If your electric cords are behind heavy furniture and out of reach of little ones, I wouldn't worry about it. But, if you have cords under an end table or entertainment center that are reachable by little arms, I highly suggest corralling them!

Using outlet cord locks will prevent your child from unplugging cords and gaining access to an open outlet.

Lock Cords to Outlets

Lock Cords to Outlets

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

Outlets get a lot of attention in the baby proofing world, as they should. Unfortunately, most people forget about securing outlets that have something plugged into them. They forget that kids can easily pull cords out of the wall, which opens up an outlet for them to insert fingers, toys, you name it. My favorite solution is the plastic dome. All you do is replace the outlet face plate with the special one that comes with your dome, plug in your cords and clip the dome onto the face of the outlet. Just like that, your cords are secure.

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..



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.