Baby-proofing: What You Really Need to Focus On


August 7, 2022

Baby-proofing is about more than just locking your doors and windows. It is also about making sure that your home is safe for your little one. It includes keeping your baby away from sharp objects, harmful chemicals and poisons, sharp corners, and other potential dangers. However, for a first-time mom, or a seasoned mama and Ashburn VA newborn photographer like myself, the process can be overwhelming. I want to start by saying, mamas, remember that you can’t protect your baby from everything. Accidents will happen and I want you to forgive yourself for that now.

Okay, great. Now, let’s talk about some of the most common ways to babyproof your home!

Nursery decor captured at an in-home newborn session in Ashburn, Virginia.

Top Four Ways to Baby-proof Your Home

  1. Keep Your Baby’s Room Clean

The most important piece  of the baby-proofing puzzle involves the nursery. This is where your little one will likely spend most of their time. So, this should be your first point of attention. It’s important to not only make sure the crib and other furniture in the room is secure, but there also some fine details to tend to. If you have a hardwood floor in the nursery, lay down some non-slip rugs. This will ensure you don’t slip and fall while holding your baby. If you have a dresser or nightstand in the nursery, baby lock the drawers closed! This will prevent accidentally pinched fingers! Read on a little further for some more great tips that you can apply to the area!

  1. Cover the Electrical Outlets in Your Home

As I’m sure you’re aware, babies are very well-known for putting their fingers where they don’t belong as well as tiny objects its hidden places. Electrical outlets tend to be one of the most popular spots for babies to hide their treasure. The problem is that this can cause him or her to get electrocuted! We of course don’t want that. So, purchase some outlet covers so that you can keep the outlets “closed” during babyproofing times.

  1. Keep all Dangerous Items Out of Reach

It’s also important to make sure that all dangerous items like sharp knives, matches, and even garden hoses are kept out of reach of children. The thing is this also applies to some objects that you may not think as being “dangerous”. For example, any chorded item that above the baby’s head. A table lamp for example with a chord needs to be kept out of the way or at the chord at least needs to be impossible to access.  This is so they don’t accidentally injure themselves or others with these objects while playing around on their own accord or using them by accident because they’re too young to understand what they’re doing wrong.

A baby girl laying on her back captured by Ashburn newborn photographer, Stephanie Honikel.

  1. Restrict Access to Other Rooms & Stairs

Baby-proofing is also about limiting their general radius around your home. This means making sure that there are no stairs in their path and that they can’t get into other rooms. Your best bet is to place a baby gate at the top and bottom of stair cases so that they can’t try to climb the stairs or accidentally fall down them if they’re up top with you. Consider have a playpen area as well with their toys so that they can hangout while you do chores around the house. You know they’re perfect safe and not getting into trouble!

A sleeping baby girl captured by Ashburn newborn photographer, Stephanie Honikel.

Final Thoughts on Baby-proofing

I hope you feel like you have a better understanding of what baby-proofing is and why it’s important. I also hope that you feel empowered to take action and begin protecting your home from unexpected dangers. I want to take this time to let you know that as an Ashburn VA newborn photographer, I keep my studio as safe as I can to ensure your little one’s safety during out sessions! I cannot wait to hear from you and get their big debut scheduled!

  1. Stacey says:

    So many great tips! I just adore your knowledge and gorgeous portraits! 😍

  2. Bashaw says:

    I remember when I was little and my younger siblings were babies all of outlets were covered. It’s so important because they are right at the babies height and they can so easily get hurt!

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