When you have a new baby, or a burgeoning toddler, it is extremely important to make sure you properly baby proof your home. Both for the safety of your child and for the general peace of mind that comes with eliminating as many possible disasters from your life as possible. Pretty much every parent knows to cover electrical outlets and hide dangerous cords, but there may be a few, less thought about tricks, that may not cross your mind when you’re in the process of baby proofing. Here are some old favorites and a couple new ones, that will make getting your home ready for your little one easier than ever.
1. 10-Minute Baby Gate
Baby gates are an absolute necessity when you have a little one in the same house as a potentially harmful set of stairs. This relatively easy baby gate is about to save you time, money, and a trip to the ER. It does require cutting and putting together the wood for the gates but the process of putting them up, using screws and hinges, is about as easy as hanging a picture. Plus, you can stain them any color you want to match the decor of your home.
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2. Magnetic Chalk Board Fireplace Cover
You don’t have to say goodbye to your fireplace forever just because you have a baby, just use something like this completely removable board to make the area safe and productive for your child. Instead of a traditional baby gate blocking off the space, coat a fitted piece of plywood to your fireplace and cover it in both magnetic and chalkboard paint then screwing it in place. This hack is a more attractive alternative to other fireplace-blocking options and a great source of entertainment for your little one.
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3. No-Sew Door Muff
Keep your little one from getting startled by the sound of the door opening and closing with this adorable little muff. This contraption if entirely no-sew, and in fact, is mostly made using a hole punch and some spare leather. It is unbelievably easy to create and very handy to have around.
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