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Best Childproofing Kits of 2019

January 1, 2019

Best Childproofing Kits of 2019

Is your kiddo on the move? Time to childproof. Here are top-rated kits, plus tips on how to build your own.Best Childproofing Kits of 2019

Children are naturally curious and make excellent explorers. But when little hands grab for things like household cleaners, small objects they can choke on or electrical sockets, their expeditions around the home can become suddenly dangerous.

Childproofing your home helps put harmful items on lockdown and steers kids away from staircases and rooms they need to avoid.

When do you need to childproof your home?

It’s best to put safety measures in place before or as soon as your baby starts crawling (usually around 8 to 12 months). A sure sign that your little one will soon be on-the-go is when your baby starts rolling over (about 4 to 7 months).

You can approach childproofing as an ongoing task—updating your home as your child grows (and is able to reach more and climb!)—or do it all in one fell swoop.

What childproofing products are essential?

When you think about it, there are numerous things that can be harmful in your home: medicines, toiletries like mouthwash and nail polish remover, beads and buttons, oven knobs and big, heavy furniture that can be toppled over. (For more details, see a longer list of potential hazards from the American Academy of Pediatrics.)

But making your home baby friendly doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Childproofing kits make it easy to tackle the most common threats. Or, create your own kit using these common childproofing items:

Drawer locks: Safety latches on cabinets and drawers secure items in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms to prevent poisonings and other injuries.

Corner guards: These cushions soften hard edges of tables and desks to prevent injuries during falls.

Outlet covers: These inserts prevent little fingers from poking into sockets and getting an electrical shock.

Window protectors: Devices that protect kids from falling out of windows or strangulation from cords on blinds and shades.

Safety gates: Temporary gates to use in doorways and in front of stairwells to restrict access.

Furniture anchors: Anti-tip kits prevent furniture or TVs from toppling over on children.

Door knob covers: These gadgets make it difficult for small children to turn a knob and enter a room (or exit the house!).

Some parents also find temperature guards for the tub, stove knob covers and toilet locks useful, especially for toddlers. See the full list of child-safety home devices recommended by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for more information.

A childproofing kit can simplify matters. Check out these kits packed with essentials most families need.

For the Entire House

Chock full of baby-proofing basics, this kit contains 80 pieces to outfit your home. It includes everything you need to keep kiddos out of cabinets and drawers, lock them out of certain rooms and eliminate access to outlets.

Additional Specs
Includes: 40 outlet covers; 6 door knob covers; 30 cabinet and drawer latches; 4 cabinet slide locks

Super-Easy Installation

Listen, not everyone wants (or is able) to drill holes in cabinets to attach childproofing latches. That’s why these magnetic locks for cupboards and drawers are so genius. You don’t need a drill, screws or nails. It’s super easy to install these powerful magnet fixtures using the included tape (don’t worry, it’s super strong).

Additional Specs
Includes: 8 cabinet and drawer latches; 2 keys to loosen closures; 3M adhesive tape; 4 corner protectors; 4 outlet protectors

Variety Pack

This sampler pack has 46 pieces with the basics to make your home safe: outlet covers, cabinet and drawer locks, and door knob covers. What we like best? Multiple options for securing cabinets so you can figure out which devices you like best—something that’s helpful if you need to pick up more.

Additional Specs
Includes: 30 outlet covers; 10 safety latches; 2 door knob covers; 2 cabinet slide locks; 2 multi-purpose latches

Advanced Babyproofing

To a tyke everything is a toy. That’s why electrical cords, bookshelves and even toilets are irresistible to your little one. Keep your cruising baby or toddler away from off-limit items with this kit of safety aids. Inside you’ll find gadgets that keep your toilet shut, secure furniture and cover outlets where a cord is plugged in so your child can’t rip it out of the socket. Safety 1st also has a Pre-Crawler Ready Set, with 35 pieces, including plug protectors, corner cushions, and finger pinch preventers.

Additional Specs
Includes: 4 door knob covers; 2 furniture wall straps; 2 multi-purpose straps; 1 toilet lock; 2 outlet covers; 1 cord shortener
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