When was the last time you crawled around your home? We’ll assume it’s been a while—or never. When your little one begins to explore the terrain, it’s time to put some extra precautions in place to reduce the risk of injury and provide a safe environment for discovery. 

Avery Levinshon, an Advanced Certified Professional Childproofer, explains that babyproofing your home provides a “safe, positive and nurturing environment for children and families.” For the parents in charge of the task, this can feel daunting at first. If you want to know how to babyproof your home, start by thinking like a baby: open cabinets, pull on doors, lean on furniture, climb the stairs and crawl around the floor. 

Levinshon recommends beginning this process before your baby is mobile and watching for changes as the baby ages. Making a babyproofing checklist of rooms in your home and areas in your yard may help ease your nerves and prepare your household ahead of time. 

Also helpful? These babyproofing products to buy for each room of the house, which are recommended by experts and approved by parents.

Kitchen babyproofing products

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Safety 1st


1. Clear View Stove Knob Covers

Clear stove knobs covers will allow you to easily check that the burner is turned off while preventing tiny hands from turning and tampering with the knobs. This clear view set of five from Safety First is top rated for their easy install and use. 

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2. Oven Lock

This durable, heat-resistant oven lock attaches just above the oven door to prevent a child from opening the oven. This oven lock is easy for parents to use with a rotation upward and double lock mechanism. And with black or stainless stoves, it blends in well!

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$9.95 for a 4-pack

3. Childproof Safety Strap

To help prevent your child from opening every drawer and cabinet, this multi-purpose child safety strap can be used on toilets, cabinets, drawers, trash cans, ovens or refrigerators. The safety strap can adjust from to different lengths and will fit almost any size appliance or furniture.

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Safety First

$15.99 for a three-pack

4. Magnetic Cabinet Locks

If you’d rather keep the outside of your cabinets as they are, childproof them with magnetic cabinet locks installed inside the cabinets for invisible safety. To open, use a magnetic key that can be stored up high and out of reach.

Living room babyproofing products

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Gloval Baby Store


1. Corner and Edge Protectors

Backed with 3M double-sided tape, this customizable corner and edge protector can be mounted to countertops, furniture, railings, shelves and chair to help prevent painful bumps. It comes with four corner protectors, 14 feet of edge protection and a cute animal shaped anti-pinch door clip to keep fingers safe as well. Choose from black, white, brown or beige.

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2. Non-Slip Rug Pad

A non-slip rug pad prevents any sliding or bunching that may increase the risk of injury to children. Non-slip pads can be used under rugs or furniture for extra protection and peace of mind. This one is inexpensive and is designed with larger surface area contact than most to ensure it keeps rugs firmly in place. 

4Our Kiddies Furniture Anchors

4Our Kiddies

$13.59 for a 10-pack

3. Furniture Anchors

Furniture tipping or falling onto children is an avoidable cause of injury. To stop furniture from falling over, these 4Our Kiddies furniture anchors secure furniture to the wall with a heavy duty stainless steel cable. The innovative design can be used with a wide variety of furniture, including thin railed bookshelves or even cribs and can easily be loosened or removed when furniture needs to be moved for cleaning. 

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Kid Co.


4. Fireplace Hearth Gate

Guarding a fireplace will help protect your little one from touching hot surfaces, accessing gas starter keys and bumping into sharp edges. The auto-close HearthGate provides maximum safety around your fireplace with a magnetic lock. When not mounted to the wall for added safety, this gate can be used as a freestanding play area.

Babyproofing products for outlets

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Mommy's Helper

$16.95 for a 3-pack

1. Sliding Outlet Covers

As opposed to traditional outlet covers that can be removed and pose a choking hazard, an alternative is replacing the entire outlet plate. This clever style features a slider that closes automatically as soon as the plug is removed from the outlet so you never even have to think about it. (Or hunt around for a cover once you unplug something!)

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Wappa Baby Store


2. Baby Safety Outlet Cover Box

Of course once something is plugged in, it becomes the newest, most interesting toy around. Keep plugs under wraps and out of reach with this easy to use (for you, anyway!) outlet cover box. It’s large enough to accommodate bulkier adapters as well!

Powerstrip Cover Box

Wappa Baby


3. Power Strip Cover Box

Powerstrips are another source of endless fascination. Tucked inside this Fort Knox-esque box they’re not only out of reach, they’re out of sight and tidy as well!

Babyproofing products for stairs, doors and windows

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$9.99 for a 4-pack

1. Door Knob Covers

Prevent little escape artists from opening doors with a door knob cover. This option fits most spherical door knobs and blends into your room design. 

Tuut Door Lever Lock


$12.99 for a 2-pack

2. Door Lever Lock

Don’t have spherical doorknobs? No problem. These locks are designed to keep lever style door handles from being opened.

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3. Heritage and Home Wooden Stairway Walk Through Mounted Gate

This mounted, adjustable gate fits narrow and wide openings and is suitable for the top of stairs, bottom of stairs and doorways. Not only is it one of the most attractive models out there, there’s also no lower horizontal bar to create a tripping hazard. (Unlike mounted gates, pressurized gates pose a tripping hazard, can move banisters or damage walls. With enough force, a pressurized gate can slide out of place which poses an increased risk for adults and children. We don’t recommend those!)

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4. Retractable Baby Gate

Similarly, this mesh style is aesthetically pleasing, no tripping hazards, and it’s super easy to adapt to a wide range of widths.

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5. Crystal Designer Baby Safety Gate

Alternatively, if you’re looking for the least visually intrusive (and super sturdy) option on the market, Qdos is the answer. While it may be a bit tricky to install, enthusiastic reviewers say it’s well worth the work. The mounted style can be installed within a doorframe, outside the opening, at an angle or at the top or bottom of stairs, and can accommodate baseboards as well. It’s designed to open both directions but can be set to only open in one if preferred.

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6. Bannister Guard Mesh Rail

With quick and easy installation, this 15-foot mesh rail guard can be used on railings, balconies, stairs or decks. A strong and durable 100% polyester material makes it great for indoor and outdoor usage.

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7. Cordless Blinds

Window shade cords pose a serious hazard for little ones. Instead, opt for styles like this one which incorporate a cordless lift mechanism for easy usage. The lace fabric filters light for privacy and UV protection. (You can also opt for a blackout style for their bedroom!)

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Fingersafe USA


8. Finger Pincher Guard

A finger pinch door guard will prevent your baby or child from slipping their little fingers in the door when being shut. Use these finger pinch guards in playrooms, nurseries and doors that can unexpectedly slam shut due to drafts.

Bathroom babyproofing products

Wappa Baby toilet lid lock

Wappa Baby


1. Toilet Guard

This toilet guard is a simple one-handing option that fits most toilet lids and installs without any tools. Easy for adults and older children to open and use, this will prevent little one from getting into something they shouldn’t.

Tips and products for babyproofing outside your home

Another babyproofing tip to keep in mind: Although flowers, plants, garden beds, and landscaping rocks can make the outside of your home more attractive, these can also be dangerous to curious toddlers who touch and put everything into their mouths.

Have your local gardener or landscaping company walk through your yard with you and help point out harmful plants, flowers and weeds to prevent any accidents. Some common outdoor plants to watch out for are holly, juniper, morning glory and amaryllis. Also consider what house plants are family-friendly

Outdoor babyproofing products

Pool Lock

D&D Technologies


1. Pool Gate Lock

Installing a gate around the pool—not just the yard—is the safest way to protect children. When searching for a pool lock, look for magnetic locking technology, industrial strength and weather resistance.

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$49.98 for a 2-pack

2. Window Well Cover

Cover your window wells to prevent injuries, falls and to deter small children from entering the well.

Remember, babyproofing your house is an ongoing process that will need to be re-evaluated as the child grows and if you add to your family. One day you’ll be able to take that lock off the toilet though, promise!

A version of this article was originally published on December 3rd, 2021. It has been updated.