How To Childproof Your Home With Everyday Items

You’ve written it down on your list of things to buy, you’ve managed to stop those little fingers getting caught in the door or the books falling on their head. Somehow though every time you go out shopping you forget to look for those items to childproof your house or you simple just can’t find them in the store.

Well here is hopefully your answer to utilizing everyday items you already own in order to childproof your home:

1. Keep Doors Open

Worried about those little fingers get caught in doors.  Loop a single rubber band around a door’s inside and outside knobs, twisting it as you do so that the “X” presses the latch open. Once finished, hang the band on the inner knob for the next time.


Ingenious and creative idea using a pool noodle.


2. Securing Bookshelves

Incredibly easy and cheap way to secure those heavy books which kids just love to hold onto to stand up.


3. Locking cupboards, fridge doors

Cookie Cutters… what a simple solution!

Worried about those items in the fridge? What about a bit of 3M Command strip and elastic band!

4. Securing the toilet paper – Toddler proof!


Carey Dodd

Carey is a working mom with two preschoolers keeping her busy. She is Editor for Kids Safety Network and contributes to the TODAY Parenting team.

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