If you want to babyproof your home but are dreading those blazing white knob covers and other awful-looking babyproofing accessories, you’ve got options.
In this post, we’re going to tell you exactly how to babyproof your home without sacrificing your impeccable sense of style.
Focus on minimalism
With a minimal home design, you’ll have less need to worry about babyproofing. And the good news is that minimalistic design is all the rage now.
With fewer furniture pieces, you’ll find it easier for the baby to avoid sharp corners or delicate items. And with fewer surfaces, you won’t be as tempted to store things that may fall on the child.
Minimalism is more than just stylish. It’s extremely functional – especially when you have little ones.
Choose sturdy items
When you’re looking for new nightstands and coffee tables, choose ones that are relatively low to the ground (without sacrificing functionality) and have a low center of gravity.
This way, they are less likely to topple over when the baby uses them to pull his or her self up.
Search for high-end options
When it comes to babyproofing, there are a few accessories that can’t be easily avoided. You can get furniture items with softer edges and install soft carpeting, but if you might need an accessory to help keep your baby from tumbling down the stairs or opening a cabinet filled with toxic home cleaning items.
For these items, go higher end. The basic options are great and extremely functional, but they usually aren’t focused on design.
But there’s a growing market for parents who demand safety and style in their babyproofing products – and there are manufacturers who are stepping up. From baby gates to cabinet locks, you can find products that are as stylish as they are functional.
You might be surprised to find that these products are more affordable than you think.
Layer area rugs
In the areas your toddler traffics the most, consider layering area rugs if you don’t have carpeting. This can help contribute to the vibe of the room and soften the blow when your child inevitably faces plants on his or her journey to unassisted walking. It’s a part of life that we can’t avoid, but we can make it more comfortable for our kids.
Paint the nursery with eggshell paint
When we think of babyproofing, most of us think about protecting the baby from things within the home. But the reverse is also necessary – we also need to protect the home from the baby!
As soon as your child can wrap his or her fingers around a crayon, you can expect to see random artwork appear on your walls. It’s another inevitability of parenthood when you have toddlers.
Get cordless blinds
There’s a brief yet dangerous moment of time when your littles are tall enough to reach the blind cords yet not old enough to understand they aren’t a toy.
And during that time, you could end up with a bit of a disaster on your hands. In most cases, the worst is that your blinds will be out of whack and possibly broken. But the absolute worst-case scenario would be if the blinds aren’t properly secured and end up falling on your child.
Invest in cordless blinds, and you won’t have to worry about any of it.
Making your home safe for your baby is always the priority, but if you can do that without sacrificing style, it’s definitely a win-win situation.
Try the tips on this list to babyproof your home in style, and your baby and your home will get safely through those tenuous toddler years.