For parents, expecting the arrival of a baby means making a lot of preparations. There’s the purchasing of clothes, setting up the nursery, and of course, baby proofing the house. Baby stuff is expensive. And baby proof items are no different.
Luckily, I’ve got your entire house covered with these 14 ingenious DIY baby proofing home hacks every parent needs to know.
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Cut Up a Pool Noodle for a Cheap DIY Door Stopper
Courtesy Red Delicious Life
Pool noodles are the perfect way to protect your baby’s precious fingers. Simply trim a pool noodle, cut lengthwise, and attach to your doors for an effortless doorstop.
Baby Proof Toilet Paper with a Rubber Band
Courtesy CK and Nate
Place a rubber band (or hair tie) over your toilet paper roll to prevent TP trouble.
Anchor Your Furniture with This VERY Important DIY
Courtesy Two Twenty One
One child dies every two weeks from furniture falling on them. It’s a startling statistic that can be prevented. Please, make sure to secure and anchor your furniture. It will save your baby’s life.
Use Puffy Fabric Paint to DIY Non-Slip Socks
Courtesy I Am Momma Hear Me Roar
Slip-proof socks with machine-washable and nontoxic puffy fabric paint. Extra points for awesome designing! Repeat for the undersides of rugs.
Baby Proof Sharp Corners with Foam Pipe Insulation
Foam pipe insulation can be found in virtually any home hardware store for under $2. Choose one with adhesive for a sturdier hack. Trim the insulation to the appropriate size and cut a v-shape on each side you want the corner. Attach to your tables’ edges for a super affordable hack.
Use Hair Ties as Cabinet Locks
Courtesy The Krazy Coupon Lady
Choose hair ties that match your knobs for an aesthetically pleasing cabinet lock.
DIY an Easy Fabric Stair Gate
Courtesy Ejay-Curly Girl
This super cute fabric stair gate is a breeze to make. I love that you can easily unhook the fabric and voila! The gateway is yours!
Create a Cheap DIY Staircase Rail Guard with Masonite Boards
Courtesy The Mombot
Pick up some masonite boards, ultra-strength zip ties, and paint at your local Home Depot to DIY a baby-proof rail guard.
Baby Proof Book Shelves with Bicycle Innertubes
Use Command Hooks and Hair Ties to Baby Proof the Toilet
Prevent toys from going overboard with command hooks and a hair tie.
Use Gaffers Tape to Secure Loose Cables
Courtesy Mom Tricks
Gaffers tape is a reliable way to tape down loose cables. It doesn’t leave residue and won’t damage your floor’s surface.
Use Gaffers Tape or Electrical Tape to Cover Electrical Outlets
Courtesy The Krazy Coupon Lady
This is a handy hack for your home and when visiting friends and family. Cover as needed!
DO NOT use duct tape. It is conductive and will allow electrical currents to pass through. Thank you to a fellow pinner, Kate Kehoe for letting me know!
Use an Old Perfume Box to Make a Power Outlet Cover
Courtesy Imana Ismail
With a perfume box and some patterned duct tape, you can DIY a power outlet cover that looks amazing and costs practically nothing.
Prevent Strangulation with This Eco-Friendly Window Cord Windup
Courtesy Holly Helps
Window cords are another highly dangerous, yet extremely overlooked household item. For this super easy DIY, you just need a firm plastic container from your recycling basket. This hack is a definite keeper!
Looking for more ideas and inspiration?