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Childproofing Buying Guide

Childproofing is a way of protecting your child from potential hazards in your home by using various locks, padding, guards, and covers. Childproofing is not a one-time affair, but requires continual reassessment and readjustment as your child grows in age, height, mobility, and curiosity.

Types of Childproofing Gear

Although childproofing might not be at the top of your to-do list when Baby is born, itís better to start too early rather than too late. While there are some generic childproofing items, like outlet covers and cabinet latches, which can be used throughout the house, other items -- such as toilet locks, stove guards, and fireplace door guards -- are more area-specific.

Banister Guards

Made of clear plastic or mesh netting, these guards attach along the length of a banister and prevent children and toys from falling through the slats.
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Imports Decor
$33.99 $47.33 at Wayfair

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Colonial Mills
$99.00 $139.00 at Wayfair

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Cotton Tale
$49.93 $63.00 at Wayfair

Cotton Tale Tula Hamper A quality baby bedding set is essential in making your nursery warm and inviting. All Cotton Tale patterns... are made using the finest quality materials and are uniquely designed to create an elegant and sophisticated nursery. The... Read More

Flowerhouse
$98.99 at Wayfair

Flowerhouse Exy 64" 5 Shelf Shelving Unit The all new Exy Shelf System is the portable storage solution for any space. Just lift a...nd lock each Exy Shelf tower for sturdy versatile shelving anywhere you need it. Great for organizing closets, the kids'... Read More

Bathroom Safety

There are many potential hazards in the bathroom. You can steer your child out of harmís way by using bath rails, spout covers, toilet locks, anti-slip bath mats, cabinet locks, and anti-scald devices.
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Imports Decor
$33.99 $47.33 at Wayfair

Imports Decor Pumpkin Doormat Features: -Technique: Woven / Crafted.-Material: Coir.-Origin: India.-Non-Slip Backing.-Construction...: Handmade.-Collection: Creel.-Product Type: Outdoor doormat.-Shape: Rectangle.-Theme: Seasonal; Holiday.-Color: 1:... Read More

Colonial Mills
$99.00 $139.00 at Wayfair

Size: 12" H x 18" W x 18" D, Color: Mauveberry Colonial Mills Grace Utility Basket Baskets with soft stripes and soothing colors b...lend perfectly in a bedroom or living room. Features: -Natural.-2 Easy-grip handles.-Kids/Teen.-Decorative storage.-Grace... Read More

Cotton Tale
$49.93 $63.00 at Wayfair

Cotton Tale Tula Hamper A quality baby bedding set is essential in making your nursery warm and inviting. All Cotton Tale patterns... are made using the finest quality materials and are uniquely designed to create an elegant and sophisticated nursery. The... Read More

Flowerhouse
$98.99 at Wayfair

Flowerhouse Exy 64" 5 Shelf Shelving Unit The all new Exy Shelf System is the portable storage solution for any space. Just lift a...nd lock each Exy Shelf tower for sturdy versatile shelving anywhere you need it. Great for organizing closets, the kids'... Read More

Bedroom Safety

A bed rail prevents your child from falling out of his sleeping place, while gates and door locks can keep a nighttime wanderer in his room. 
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Imports Decor
$33.99 $47.33 at Wayfair

Imports Decor Pumpkin Doormat Features: -Technique: Woven / Crafted.-Material: Coir.-Origin: India.-Non-Slip Backing.-Construction...: Handmade.-Collection: Creel.-Product Type: Outdoor doormat.-Shape: Rectangle.-Theme: Seasonal; Holiday.-Color: 1:... Read More

Colonial Mills
$99.00 $139.00 at Wayfair

Size: 12" H x 18" W x 18" D, Color: Mauveberry Colonial Mills Grace Utility Basket Baskets with soft stripes and soothing colors b...lend perfectly in a bedroom or living room. Features: -Natural.-2 Easy-grip handles.-Kids/Teen.-Decorative storage.-Grace... Read More

Cotton Tale
$49.93 $63.00 at Wayfair

Cotton Tale Tula Hamper A quality baby bedding set is essential in making your nursery warm and inviting. All Cotton Tale patterns... are made using the finest quality materials and are uniquely designed to create an elegant and sophisticated nursery. The... Read More

Flowerhouse
$98.99 at Wayfair

Flowerhouse Exy 64" 5 Shelf Shelving Unit The all new Exy Shelf System is the portable storage solution for any space. Just lift a...nd lock each Exy Shelf tower for sturdy versatile shelving anywhere you need it. Great for organizing closets, the kids'... Read More

Door Safety

Door locks, doorknob covers, and finger pinch guards keep doors closed and small fingers safe
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Imports Decor
$33.99 $47.33 at Wayfair

Imports Decor Pumpkin Doormat Features: -Technique: Woven / Crafted.-Material: Coir.-Origin: India.-Non-Slip Backing.-Construction...: Handmade.-Collection: Creel.-Product Type: Outdoor doormat.-Shape: Rectangle.-Theme: Seasonal; Holiday.-Color: 1:... Read More

Colonial Mills
$99.00 $139.00 at Wayfair

Size: 12" H x 18" W x 18" D, Color: Mauveberry Colonial Mills Grace Utility Basket Baskets with soft stripes and soothing colors b...lend perfectly in a bedroom or living room. Features: -Natural.-2 Easy-grip handles.-Kids/Teen.-Decorative storage.-Grace... Read More

Cotton Tale
$49.93 $63.00 at Wayfair

Cotton Tale Tula Hamper A quality baby bedding set is essential in making your nursery warm and inviting. All Cotton Tale patterns... are made using the finest quality materials and are uniquely designed to create an elegant and sophisticated nursery. The... Read More

Flowerhouse
$98.99 at Wayfair

Flowerhouse Exy 64" 5 Shelf Shelving Unit The all new Exy Shelf System is the portable storage solution for any space. Just lift a...nd lock each Exy Shelf tower for sturdy versatile shelving anywhere you need it. Great for organizing closets, the kids'... Read More

Electrical Safety

Hide power sources from curious toddlers with outlet, cord, and power-strip covers.
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Imports Decor
$33.99 $47.33 at Wayfair

Imports Decor Pumpkin Doormat Features: -Technique: Woven / Crafted.-Material: Coir.-Origin: India.-Non-Slip Backing.-Construction...: Handmade.-Collection: Creel.-Product Type: Outdoor doormat.-Shape: Rectangle.-Theme: Seasonal; Holiday.-Color: 1:... Read More

Colonial Mills
$99.00 $139.00 at Wayfair

Size: 12" H x 18" W x 18" D, Color: Mauveberry Colonial Mills Grace Utility Basket Baskets with soft stripes and soothing colors b...lend perfectly in a bedroom or living room. Features: -Natural.-2 Easy-grip handles.-Kids/Teen.-Decorative storage.-Grace... Read More

Cotton Tale
$49.93 $63.00 at Wayfair

Cotton Tale Tula Hamper A quality baby bedding set is essential in making your nursery warm and inviting. All Cotton Tale patterns... are made using the finest quality materials and are uniquely designed to create an elegant and sophisticated nursery. The... Read More

Flowerhouse
$98.99 at Wayfair

Flowerhouse Exy 64" 5 Shelf Shelving Unit The all new Exy Shelf System is the portable storage solution for any space. Just lift a...nd lock each Exy Shelf tower for sturdy versatile shelving anywhere you need it. Great for organizing closets, the kids'... Read More

Fireplace Safety

Safety gates, edge padding, and fireplace door guards help protect your child around the fireplace and hearth.
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Imports Decor
$33.99 $47.33 at Wayfair

Imports Decor Pumpkin Doormat Features: -Technique: Woven / Crafted.-Material: Coir.-Origin: India.-Non-Slip Backing.-Construction...: Handmade.-Collection: Creel.-Product Type: Outdoor doormat.-Shape: Rectangle.-Theme: Seasonal; Holiday.-Color: 1:... Read More

Colonial Mills
$99.00 $139.00 at Wayfair

Size: 12" H x 18" W x 18" D, Color: Mauveberry Colonial Mills Grace Utility Basket Baskets with soft stripes and soothing colors b...lend perfectly in a bedroom or living room. Features: -Natural.-2 Easy-grip handles.-Kids/Teen.-Decorative storage.-Grace... Read More

Cotton Tale
$49.93 $63.00 at Wayfair

Cotton Tale Tula Hamper A quality baby bedding set is essential in making your nursery warm and inviting. All Cotton Tale patterns... are made using the finest quality materials and are uniquely designed to create an elegant and sophisticated nursery. The... Read More

Flowerhouse
$98.99 at Wayfair

Flowerhouse Exy 64" 5 Shelf Shelving Unit The all new Exy Shelf System is the portable storage solution for any space. Just lift a...nd lock each Exy Shelf tower for sturdy versatile shelving anywhere you need it. Great for organizing closets, the kids'... Read More

Furniture Safety

Use corner guards to cushion sharp edges and no-tip straps to keep furniture that could topple over, such as a bookshelf or dresser, attached to the wall.
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Imports Decor
$33.99 $47.33 at Wayfair

Imports Decor Pumpkin Doormat Features: -Technique: Woven / Crafted.-Material: Coir.-Origin: India.-Non-Slip Backing.-Construction...: Handmade.-Collection: Creel.-Product Type: Outdoor doormat.-Shape: Rectangle.-Theme: Seasonal; Holiday.-Color: 1:... Read More

Colonial Mills
$99.00 $139.00 at Wayfair

Size: 12" H x 18" W x 18" D, Color: Mauveberry Colonial Mills Grace Utility Basket Baskets with soft stripes and soothing colors b...lend perfectly in a bedroom or living room. Features: -Natural.-2 Easy-grip handles.-Kids/Teen.-Decorative storage.-Grace... Read More

Cotton Tale
$49.93 $63.00 at Wayfair

Cotton Tale Tula Hamper A quality baby bedding set is essential in making your nursery warm and inviting. All Cotton Tale patterns... are made using the finest quality materials and are uniquely designed to create an elegant and sophisticated nursery. The... Read More

Flowerhouse
$98.99 at Wayfair

Flowerhouse Exy 64" 5 Shelf Shelving Unit The all new Exy Shelf System is the portable storage solution for any space. Just lift a...nd lock each Exy Shelf tower for sturdy versatile shelving anywhere you need it. Great for organizing closets, the kids'... Read More

Kitchen Safety

Kids love to explore in the kitchen. Keep them safe (and out of your food!) with cabinet locks, drawer latches, door gates, refrigerator latches, stove-knob protectors, stove guards, and oven-door locks.
Shop Kitchen Safety
Imports Decor
$33.99 $47.33 at Wayfair

Imports Decor Pumpkin Doormat Features: -Technique: Woven / Crafted.-Material: Coir.-Origin: India.-Non-Slip Backing.-Construction...: Handmade.-Collection: Creel.-Product Type: Outdoor doormat.-Shape: Rectangle.-Theme: Seasonal; Holiday.-Color: 1:... Read More

Colonial Mills
$99.00 $139.00 at Wayfair

Size: 12" H x 18" W x 18" D, Color: Mauveberry Colonial Mills Grace Utility Basket Baskets with soft stripes and soothing colors b...lend perfectly in a bedroom or living room. Features: -Natural.-2 Easy-grip handles.-Kids/Teen.-Decorative storage.-Grace... Read More

Cotton Tale
$49.93 $63.00 at Wayfair

Cotton Tale Tula Hamper A quality baby bedding set is essential in making your nursery warm and inviting. All Cotton Tale patterns... are made using the finest quality materials and are uniquely designed to create an elegant and sophisticated nursery. The... Read More

Flowerhouse
$98.99 at Wayfair

Flowerhouse Exy 64" 5 Shelf Shelving Unit The all new Exy Shelf System is the portable storage solution for any space. Just lift a...nd lock each Exy Shelf tower for sturdy versatile shelving anywhere you need it. Great for organizing closets, the kids'... Read More

Window Safety

Whether you are on the first floor or the fifteenth, protect your child with window guards, window bars, window locks, cord wraps, and window wedges.
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Imports Decor
$33.99 $47.33 at Wayfair

Imports Decor Pumpkin Doormat Features: -Technique: Woven / Crafted.-Material: Coir.-Origin: India.-Non-Slip Backing.-Construction...: Handmade.-Collection: Creel.-Product Type: Outdoor doormat.-Shape: Rectangle.-Theme: Seasonal; Holiday.-Color: 1:... Read More

Colonial Mills
$99.00 $139.00 at Wayfair

Size: 12" H x 18" W x 18" D, Color: Mauveberry Colonial Mills Grace Utility Basket Baskets with soft stripes and soothing colors b...lend perfectly in a bedroom or living room. Features: -Natural.-2 Easy-grip handles.-Kids/Teen.-Decorative storage.-Grace... Read More

Cotton Tale
$49.93 $63.00 at Wayfair

Cotton Tale Tula Hamper A quality baby bedding set is essential in making your nursery warm and inviting. All Cotton Tale patterns... are made using the finest quality materials and are uniquely designed to create an elegant and sophisticated nursery. The... Read More

Flowerhouse
$98.99 at Wayfair

Flowerhouse Exy 64" 5 Shelf Shelving Unit The all new Exy Shelf System is the portable storage solution for any space. Just lift a...nd lock each Exy Shelf tower for sturdy versatile shelving anywhere you need it. Great for organizing closets, the kids'... Read More

Product Features

When childproofing, your biggest decisions concern where and how you will attach the guards, as well as their look and operation.

Attachment Method

Depending on the device, childproofing accessories can affix with adhesive, screws, ties, latches, or clips.

Opening Method

While the goal of childproofing is to keep your child out, youíll still need to get in. So weigh your preferred method: secret button, internal latch, magnetic key, toggle, or a tight squeeze.

Material

The majority of childproofing products are made out of white or clear plastic, though some gates are available with wood accents.

Assembly

Most childproofing products donít require much assembly, but some, such as hardware-mounted gates or anti-scald devices, take some work.

Lock Style

There are often several childproofing solutions for any area. For example, need a door lock? You can choose from a door-knob shield or lever shield, both of which prevent your child from turning the knob, or from a door stopper or deadbolt lock, both of which keep him from opening it. 

Childproofing Packs

Some brands sell packs that contain the most commonly needed childproofing products, including latches, locks, and protectors.

Purchase Considerations

The childproofing products youíll need depend on your childís age and your homeís amenities. A tried-and-true approach is to get down on your hands and knees -- Babyís level -- and notice the cords, outlets, cabinets, and sharp corners that are within reach. Also read through a childproofing checklist, as it may remind you of other potential hazards that you hadnít considered.

Childís Age

While your crawling infant is more likely to pull on computer cords or hang on furniture, a curious toddler may explore your medicine cabinet or open the front door. So choose babyproofing products based on your childís age and abilities. Also remember that as he grows, the areas that you will need to childproof will change.

Hidden Versus Exposed

While childproofing products such as door-knob covers and stove locks must be exposed, some other locks allow you the option of choosing a hidden, internal latch. External latches may be unsightly, but they may also be more convenient for a parent to open.

Compatibility

Be sure that you match your childproofing product to the style of window, door, or cabinet that you have. For example, there are certain locks and latches for bi-fold doors versus inward-swinging doors, and for sliding windows versus single-hung windows.

Difficulty for Kids to Crack

Kids are curious, smart, and persistent. Just because you put a childproof lock on something doesnít mean they wonít figure out how to open it. Donít choose the easiest option, and be vigilant about keeping them from seeing how you override the lock. Once you see that theyíve figured out the secret, switch to another solution.
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