Babyproofing Checklist: Electrical Edition

You bring home your baby, and you're quickly absorbed in caring for this little life. You're likely consumed with joy and exhaustion all at the same time. They're dependent on you for everything, requiring you to be attentive to their every need. Luckily, during this time, your baby can only move so much. However, in the blink of an eye, your baby is mobile, and suddenly your home may seem to be a much scarier place than it was before. It's a big, big world out there and it's important to protect your little one while you can. Now that you have a baby on the move, you're likely looking for ways to babyproof your home, and it's important that you take special notice of babyproofing areas with access to electricity. Here are some products you can look into purchasing to help keep your baby safe. 

1. Outlet Caps 

The number one rule is to make sure children can't stick their fingers or anything else into outlets. To keep the wall sockets covered, we recommend using these clear outlet covers. These are appropriate to use for children ages 0-5 and come with 36 covers. 

2. Outlet Plug Cover 

Outlet caps are great for when you're not needing to use the outlet but are less convenient when you're actively using your outlets throughout the day. With these outlet plug covers, you can keep everything plugged in while minimizing the chance of your child being able to get to the actual socket and unplug appliances. 

3. Power Strip Cover 

Now we have wall outlets covered, but what about power strips? Luckily, there is a product for that too! Power strip covers wrap around the power strip itself, leaving only a small opening for the cords to come out. These are customizable to fit a variety of power strips and can be used either on the floor or a wall-mounted power strip. 

4. Cord Shortener 

Having exposed cords laying around can be a big problem in a variety of ways. These cords can be a trip hazard for both you and your family, but it also leaves more room for your child to pull the cord out of the wall outlet, which in turn creates other potential dangers. With a cord shortener, you can make sure you don't have overly long cords in high-traffic or accessible areas. 

5. Cord Covers 

If a cord shortener doesn't sound like the best option for you, we recommend going with classic cord covers. If you can't keep the cords out of sight, these are great for making sure cords cannot be tripped over or played with by your baby. 

6. Plug Locks 

Last, but certainly not least, you can try plug locks if you want an additional level of safety. With this mechanism, you cannot remove a device without a key and the cord cannot be plugged in with the lock in place. This helps ensure that those who should not be able to plug or unplug devices, cannot do so without the key. 

Bonus Tips

For some practical, easy ways to make your home safer for your child, you can also tie long cords if you prefer not to invest in cord shorteners. Additionally, you can also block outlets in use by putting furniture in front of them when applicable. 

We hope this makes you and your family feel safer. 

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