12 DIY Child-Proofing Hacks to Keep Kids Safe

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  • Keep Window Cords Out of Reach

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    Kids are bound to reach for cords on curtains and blinds, and these are strangulation hazards, says Lisa Abdinoor, a consumer safety expert at Safety 1st. To keep them out of reach, loop them up and tie with twisty ties. (Just be sure to not tie them so high you can't lower the shade all the way down.)

  • Homemade Teething Guard

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    For babies who just love chomping on their crib railing, you can cough up $50 for a store-bought teething guard, or just make your own fabric teething guard out of fleece for a few bucks.

  • Keep Kitchen Cabinets Closed

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    Kitchen cabinets are irresistible to babies, and if you have ones where the door knobs can be lassoed together, the solution could be as simple as a hair bands (or rubber bands -- whatever rebuffs your baby's prying fingers better).

  • Slip-proof Rugs

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    To keep babies from slipping on rugs, get some rubber matting used to line cupboard shelves. Place under your carpets to keep them in place.

  • Contain Your Surge Protectors in Tupperware

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    To keep your baby from prying around dangerous surge protectors, grab a Tupperware container large enough to contain it, cut out holes for the cords, then seal shut with Duct tape. Problem solved!

  • Duct Tape on Power Outlets

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    A quick fix to cover power outlets? Duct tape or painter's tape. Just make sure it's on there tight so prying hands can't easily rip it off.

  • Pet Gate to Baby Gate

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    Got pet gates? They could make decent baby gates. As Sherlyn Pang Luedtke, author of the Mommy Advantage Book, explains, "I learned that pet safety gates are pretty much the same product as baby safety gates but cost less."

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