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25 Clever Ways to Childproof Your Home (…plus a little update on our table)

I have had one sick little baby who has needed a lot of momma holding the past 2 days.  Yeah, that sweet little Oliver of ours has had the flu and wasn’t able to keep anything down, ugggh… I’ve actually been enjoying a lot of snuggling with a feverish and flu-ish little person (with a big red bowl nearby at all times). While doing a lot of sitting with him, I was looking around online for some new ideas to keep this little guy out of things.  Because Oliver is INTO EVERYTHING!  Day in and day out, he explores our home like his own little playground and empties cupboards, digs through drawers, pulls food off of pantry shelves, empties tissue boxes, drags baskets out of place, chews on everything, steals shoes, pulls on cords, dumps out boxes of anything, and on and on.  Yep, it’s totally normal and healthy for a growing little 19 month old……so I’ve needed a few more ways to slow this kiddo down!

And while looking, I found some other ideas that I don’t necessarily need, but thought were super clever ideas to childproof the home, that some of you may find useful!


25 Clever Ways to Childproof Your Home | via Make It and Love It
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DIY Fabric Stair Gate via DIY Playbook


Cover a Fireplace with Faux Stacked Logs via Pepper Design Blog


Crib Railing Teething Guard via Jane Marie Blog


Power Strip Cover via Amazon


No-Sew Door Muff via Make And Takes


Silicone Cup Toppers via Amazon


Trampoline Pool Noodle Spring Covers via And Next Comes L


Baby Gate for Non-Traditional Stairs via Bombshell Bling


Baby Bath Gate (keeps them away from faucet) via Amazon


Pool Noodle Door Stop via Red Delicious Life


Magnetic Cabinet Locks (no drilling needed)  via Amazon


Pajama Hack (to keep them from climbing out) via Giddy Upcycled


Keep Door Open with Rubberband via Good Housekeeping


Mesh Window Guard via Amazon


Condiment Cup Pacifier Holder via One Crazy House


Homemade Grippy Socks (for use on slippery floors) via I Am Momma Hear Me Roar


Clear Stove Knob Covers via Amazon


Add Tulle Across Floor Vents (air can pass through, but objects can’t) via Baby Toolkit


Surge Protector Case from a Tupperware via Tigers Cub Blog


Cabinet Locks for Knobs via Amazon


Fridge Lock (from a Command Strip and Rubber Bracelet) via unknown


Toddler Proof the Toilet Paper via CK and Nate


Clear Silicone Corner Covers via Amazon


Closet Door Lock (using a hanger) via unknown


Cabinet Door Lock…using a Tension Rod via Parent


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  2. Andrew says:

    I had this issue too with my dogs first, then my children. I installed a hook and eye assembly, only a couple of $ at the local hardware. It allowed me to keep the door safely ajar only about 2 inches. Good luck.!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. jennifer says:

    Another permanent option, if you are handy with a circular saw would be to modify the door by cutting it in half creating a Dutch door. You would have to install another upper door hinge and cut about an inch off the top half to trim it. This is an excellent fix to a stair way door/ landing. We did it when they were babies and have kept it that way for 15yrs. Keeps the kids safe and the dogs out of the trash and recycling.

  9. Sandy says:

    some great ideas here. some of them are genius! love the mesh over the vent idea.

  10. TootsNYC says:

    I could so totally make that cabinet door lock w/ the string. I have saved a couple of those spring clasps from the drawstrings on jackets (you can buy them, too, but at that point the cost is pretty much the same), and all I’d need is a shoestring.

  11. Lynette says:

    Those are really good ideas! My favorite is the fridge lock with the bracelet and the toilet paper/rubber band one. Too bad my three year old can figure out some of them. I wish there was a good way to keep him out of my craft room! I hate to keep the door shut because it makes the small room either hot or cold depending on the seasons. I have a gate to keep lil’ sis out, and to remind him not to climb over, but he does all the time. He’s into my buttons right now, and it’s a choking hazard with 15 mon sis around. I’ve been thinking of a half door, but we’ll see! :) If anyone has some good ideas, let me know! Thanks for the post!

    1. Lynette says:

      Oh and I hope that Oliver gets feeling better really soon! Sick kiddos are the worst!

    2. Ramie says:

      Just a thought: change out the regular door to a screen door or a Dutch door. ;)

    3. Lynette says:

      Thanks Ramie, I mentioned this to my husband over the phone yesterday, and he came home from work and turned my door into a dutch one this afternoon! I love it. :) thanks for your idea.

    4. Melissa says:

      Try a screen door or maybe cut a screen door in half. That way you can do your crafts and stay cool/warm while still being able to see the babies.

    5. jennifer says:

      I had this issue too with my dogs first, then my children. I installed a hook and eye assembly, only a couple of $ at the local hardware. It allowed me to keep the door safely ajar only about 2 inches. Good luck.

    6. Rosemary says:

      My daughter cut the door in half like a barn door. Worked great. You can get a cheep door to do this and then when not needed put your original door back up.

  12. Caroline R says:

    I love SafePlate outlet covers. They look better than regular outlets and aren’t choking hazards when little fingers get more skilled. We liked them so much that we left ours up when our son outgrew that stage.

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