Help! My home is a danger zone to my baby!
Here at Baby Nursery Gliders, we understand the multitude of risks in the home for your child. Of course, our website is about finding a great nursery glider for you, and we source the best nursery gliders on the market.
We also review a wide range of baby related products and here on this page, we are featuring a range of safety proofing items for your home.
One of the first things we advise parents to purchase is a quality baby monitor. This is a prime safety item that you will appreciate from the minute you start using it. Here, we have a page that reviews some of the best baby monitors available, which you can find HERE.
We have tried to find the best products to secure your home, making it safe for baby to explore as he develops.
It doesn’t have to be expensive to provide some basic safety and security in your home.
When you bring your baby home, you suddenly realise the multiple hazards that could be a potential danger to your little one. Of course, for as long as baby is unable to walk, you feel pretty safe and secure.
Then suddenly, baby pulls himself up to his feet and starts moving about, grabbing things in his path.
Once your baby discovers the excitement and freedom of walking, you find yourself behind him, leaping from one spot to another, grabbing the once safe items that you had no idea would create a problem. Suddenly, your home transcends into a heart stopping, flashing danger zone.
Just when you think you have identified every single potential hazard, your baby gleefully shows you another.
It is fairly easy and inexpensive to baby proof your home. You just need to know a few basic things.
Ensure all household chemicals are in a safe cupboard, ideally at high level or in a lockable (baby proof lock) cupboard.
This is everything including cleaning products, bleach, and toilet cleaner, washing liquid or powders. Even dog products like flea-spray and wormers can be dangerous if ingested, or it gets into baby’s eyes. Anything that is potentially toxic needs to be out of harm’s way.
Personally, we prefer to use non-toxic products in the house, which we have found to be just as effective as products containing toxins. You can even get natural, non-toxic flea drops and wormers for your dog!
If you have an open fire, remove the coal to a safe place where your toddler cannot get hold of it. Young children have a nasty habit of putting anything and everything into their mouth. It is never worth the risk.
In the garden, have things like weed killer and slug pellets on a high shelf in a locked shed or outbuilding.
So, let’s look at a range of products that can help to make your home safe for your baby
Baby gates are extremely useful in securing areas where you don’t want baby to go. In hot weather, you can still have the outside door open so you have fresh air but rest assured that baby can’t wander outside into the road.
During meal preparation time, it is good to keep baby out of the kitchen, away from potential hazards like hot water on the hob or even the hob itself, which is dangerous for little exploring hands.
Regalo Home Accents Extra Tall Walk Thru Gate
The Regalo is a solid, sturdy walk through gate, made from metal, suitable for any room.
It expands to fit openings between 29” and up to 44” and it is 37” tall.
The handles are easy to slide across but locks automatically when it is pushed closed, which is great as some of the cheaper baby gates require you to actively lift and drop the lockable action.
The gate opening is a little narrow compared to some baby gates, but not a problem unless you are extremely wide.
The hardwood feature makes this an attractive looking gate. Some baby gates are quite intrusive in their design but this one blends in nicely.
The Regalo is a reasonable price for a good quality baby gate. You can use as a dog gate of course.
Summer Infant Multi-Use Deco Extra Tall Walk-Thru Gate
The Summer Infant is a stylish, attractive, quality baby gate in a nice bronze color.
It has pressure-mounted installation with optional hardware mounts if you want to put the baby gate on a stairway.
The gate is 36” tall and it fits openings between 28” – 48” wide. It has an auto close action and a dual locking system. If you wanted to keep it open at any time, it has a removable door stopper which prevents the gate being opened.
Summer Infant suggest that it is suitable for babies between the ages of six months and two years but we think that it might be suitable for a toddler older than that, as well as being a great gate to contain a dog.
It comes with three extensions – one 8.75” and two 4.25”. It is great for hallways and door frames and it can accommodate baseboards.
Having a pressure mount system means that there is no requirement to drill into your walls, thus preventing damage to your home.
The gate opens either way, making it highly convenient for any room. It is easy to open and close.
There is an optional hardware mount, which makes installation extra secure.
The Summer Infant gate has won the Moms’ Picks Award from Baby Center for best Looks & ease of Use.
When your baby becomes more active, you want to ensure that he is safe in his bed. Ideally, a super quick installation is the best option and one that is attractive as well as providing functionality and safety.
Munchkin Sleep Bed Rail
The Munchkin sleep rail is grey and measures 18” x 36”.
It has a push button hinge which folds down for easy access. The strong safety straps prevent any gaps between the bed rail and the mattress.
It literally takes a minute to assemble and is easy to keep clean with a quick wipe with a damp cloth.
It is ideal for children from two years to around five years of age, depending on your child’s size and development.
Made from aluminum, the frame is lightweight and strong. It will fit a twin, full and queen sized mattress.
The Munchkin is available in a range of colors:-
- Lime green
- Aqua blue
The Munchkin Sleep bed rail is a good quality product at a reasonable price.
Hiccapop Toddler Bed Rail Bumper
The Hiccapop is a foam safety guard for Bed. It has a side rail and comes with a water resistant cover.
We loved the Hiccapop bed bumper! We found that baby became relaxed and quiet. The company says that this is down to triggering a child’s natural ‘passive-safety’ response. Whatever it is, it works a treat.
At Baby Nursery Gliders, we avoid nasty chemicals, so were delighted to learn that the bumper has no flame-retardants and is phthalate & BPA free.
It is non-toxic foam and is water resistant. It fits a toddler bed as well as twin, full, double, queen and king beds. It has a non-skid bottom for extra safety.
The product comes with a 100% money back guarantee if you are not happy with it, for whatever reason.
The bed bumper takes seconds to install and fits under deep-fitted sheets.
Toddlers cannot easily roll out of it as it has quite steep sides. It measures 52″ long, 7″ wide and 4.5″ high.
The cover is machine-washable though or cleaned with a rag and appropriate cleaner.
We think that this product is better than an inflatable rail. Our reasoning is that we found the inflatables can deflate during the night, so you aren’t 100% certain of your child’s safety.
Thankfully, we found the Hiccapop and this is definitely our preferred option. We found it convenient to take with us on visits as it rolls up easily.
The Hiccapop bed bumper got great reviews
Typical Reviews from parents
- “Great product”
- “You won’t be sorry”
- “Great bumper for active toddlers”
- “Works great for our puppy”
- “Thumbs up”
- “Would definitely buy again”
- “It does work”
It is a great buy at a reasonable price
Child Proofing Doors & Cupboards
As well as buying a baby gate, you might find it beneficial to have child safety covers for the doors and cabinets.
To be honest, anything that adds safety to the house is a boost to your peace of mind. Children can lock themselves into a room, which means that you must remove the lock in order to get the child out. This is frightening for you and dangerous for your child.
By baby proofing doors and cupboards, you can prevent the risk of anything like that happening.
Door Knob Covers – 4 Pack – Child Safety Cover
These door knob covers are compatible with standard spherical doorknobs.
They are unobtrusive and low cost.
They come with a lifetime money back guarantee.
Kiscords Baby Safety Cabinet Locks
Kiscords are for use on cupboards that have knobs side by side.
If you want cabinet locks for side-by-side straight handles click HERE
They have a simple design, but keep your cabinets locked securely away from curious baby hands.
They are available in black or white to suit your décor.
You don’t need to drill or screw as they simply fit over the knobs. They are great to baby proof the kitchen or bathroom, or any room.
Kiscord use only the highest quality materials in their design.
They are easy to undo for an adult – can be undone with one hand – but difficult for a child.
There is a 100% money back guarantee should you not be delighted with the product.
To buy on Amazon click HERE
50 Premium Quality Childproof Outlet Covers
This is a value pack of childproof outlet covers at a great price.
Electric outlets are a real concern for parents, so this is a safety procedure you definitely want to adopt as soon as you can.
The covers are top quality, produced with the best materials to ensure premium quality.
There is a 90 day money back guarantee should you not be delighted, although that is unlikely.
Magnetic Baby Safety Locks for Cabinets & Drawers
Magnetic baby safety locks are easy to install with no drilling or screwing required. Instructions are easy to follow.
With this pack you get 8 locks and 2 magnetic keys that open all of the locks.
The locks are that they are not highly visible, so unobtrusive to your décor. There are no holes or marks left on your furniture and they fit most cabinets and drawers.
All you have to do is to clean the surface and stick the latch to the frame. Then stick the lock to the door, or the drawer you are using. Close door or draw and then use the magnetic key to open.
The cost is reasonable for the great security that these safety locks provide.
When baby first discovers the magic of walking, you want to ensure that he is safe as he explores. For a few months, he may be unstable and fall over lots of times.
At this time, it is good to give him help as he learns to stay upright.
Anti-Lost Wrist Link Safety Wrist Link
One worry for a parent is losing your child in a crowd. Young children are so curious that they have a habit of wandering off to look at something shiny that catches their attention.
In a large crowd, your child can be moved away from you in the flow of a large amount of people.
There is a way to prevent this from happening and so we introduce the Anti Lost wrist link safety wrist link.
The simple, attractive design means that your child is happy to wear it and it ensures that you stay physically connected to your child when you are out.
The line looks quite short but extends up to 1.5 meters. The material is soft and comfortable to wear and the wrist circumference is easily adjusted up to 14cm.
The connecting rope is made of stainless steel so is tough and durable – it cannot be easily cut. The steel is wrapped in strong plastic. The metal connectors rotate 360 degrees.
It is suggested that the safety wrist link is suitable for children from 4 and upwards.
This is a low cost quality product for your peace of mind.
Anti-Lost wrist links are available on Amazon in a variety of colors
VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker
The VTech is not just a walker. It is has a toddler play panel which can be removed. It has five piano keys that play music, with 70 songs that your child may like to sing along to. This encourages creativity and play.
The wheels on the VTech work equally as well on hard floors or carpet. It has spinning rollers and three shape sorters with light up buttons. It has a pretend telephone handset.
Your baby can move around the room, perhaps following you as he plays with the brightly colored, interactive walker.
Not only will the VTech help your baby to develop his walking skills, he will also learn important motor neuron skills.
For a low price, the VTech is a fantastic purchase to help your baby to learn.
Disney Winnie The Pooh Music and Lights Walker
The Disney Winnie the Pooh walker is an interactive walker with activity trays and toys, plus Winnie the Pooh songs. It has a snack tray and height adjustment.
It has great visual stimulation for your child as he learns to walk.
The sturdy wheels work on hard floors and carpets. It rolls easily across surfaces.
The padded seat is machine washable.
The Disney Baby Winnie the Pooh Music & Lights Walker offers plenty of fun for your little one.
It folds down flat so is easy to transport. It is suitable for toddlers up to 30lbs and available from Amazon.
These few items will help to keep your baby safe and secure in the home and when you are out with him. As we said earlier, it need not be expensive to set up your home safely and it won’t involve a great deal of time. Stay safe and have fun with your baby in your newly set up safe home.