How do you childproof your home for visitors?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-16-2013
How do you childproof your home for visitors?
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Mon, 06-02-2014 - 9:28am

I have a good friend coming to stay with me for 3 days and she has a 2 year old baby. I want to make sure things are child friendly and safe but not sure exactly what I need to do. I really don't want to have to rearrange my entire house and move all my decorations so what are the most essential things I need to take care of?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-17-2013
Tue, 06-03-2014 - 1:27pm

I would say that the best things to do that don't require you to rearrange your entire home would include:

Move anything valuable and breakable to top shelves.
Cover unused electrical outlets with child proof covers.
Move all chemicals and cleaning supplies to top cabinets or install child-proof latches on bottom cabinets.
Designate a play area and decorate it with toddler safe toys. Plan to visit sitting in the same room while the child plays.
Get a booster seat with detachable tray that you can strap to your kitchen chairs. This will make meal time and snacks more enjoyable.
Keep the doors to the bathroom and other rooms closed to limit the toddler's access to potential hazards.

That's about all I can think of for now. Good luck!

Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Fri, 06-06-2014 - 10:26pm

Most of the time when mine were younger I did not want others to go to any trouble.
My Mom let my daughter play with things and my aunt re-arranged things like creating barricades.
I would just move breakable or fragile things that might get broken accidentally...like on a low table or shelf eg. coffee table.
As a parent I watched my child, it is not up to others unless they are caring for the child eg. baby-sitting.
My daughter learned to walk earlier than my son so closing doors for example that lead to stairs eg. basement or outside.
Having an area for her to play or nap would be helpful.
I would ask your friend to what would make her more comfortable.

Nightangel
Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001

Awesome Post!

Nightangel
Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Wendy!
Nightangel
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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Sun, 06-08-2014 - 4:53pm

When my dd was that age I remember taking her to stay with a childless friend. I didn't expect my friend to do anything to her home to accomodate us. I basically kept at eagle eye on my dd...my friend watched her while I showered but other than that I kept dd next to me most of the time. If your friend is traveling by car she may be bringing a folding playpen or corral to keep her child "contained". You might want to ask her about that in advance---maybe you can borrow some equipment from a neighbor or relative if your friend is not bringing it?

I would move breakable things or things that you don't want to worry about. Close doors, make barricades with chairs, etc. You could use twine or zip ties to secure the undersink cabinets....that should be enough because presumably the mom or you will be checking on the child frequently. If you expect more visits from people with young children in the near future, then you might want to get the caps for electrical outlets and the safety catches for cupboards, but I wouldn't go to the expense and trouble for a one-off visit.