We've taken on a lot of pretty major projects in the last couple of weeks here at the Belly Babbles house, but one of the main ones at the top of the list was getting the house baby-proofed. Banana Bean got very mobile VERY quickly so we were scrambling to get at least some of the rooms safe for her.
In terms of products, I finally sat down one night and read reviews and product information until my brain was mush and my eyes were crossed. Oy! But it was time well spent, because I was able to get all the basic equipment, and also some products that worked really well for some of the more "problem" areas of our home. Here's a run-down of the products that we purchased- hopefully it will help give some of the other mobile-kid mommas out there a jump-start on their shopping research!
1. Fireplace - we have a raised brick gas fireplace. I wanted something that would help protect her little noggin from the brick edges, and also keep her from eating the fake ashes and stuff in there. After reading very mixed reviews on the foam edging that you can buy, I opted to spend a little more and get the North States Superyard 3 in 1 Metal Gate. This gate fit perfectly around our fireplace, is very very sturdy even without screwing it into the wall, and we can easily take it down if we have people over and want to de-kid the living room.
2. Gates - we've got a gate at the top of the stairs, and also blocking off the front part of the house. I wanted gates that would automatically close behind us, and that were strong, and easy for an adult to open. We opted for the Dreambaby Swing Gates. I love the added bonus of keeping Captain K contained too - I should have bought these years ago, haha.
Kidco stairway installation kit...I just wish we had figured this out before we drilled holes in the stairs! Oh well.
straps to help anchor them to the walls.
Dex Products bed rails, that were a cinch to install and will be easy to travel with us when we go out of town. From casual conversations with other mommas, it seems like it's really really rare to find a baby that doesn't spend ANY time in the parents' bed, so I think everyone should take a look at these.
Kidco magnetic locks on any of the "dangerous" cabinets, and then also in our pantry cabinets (because of the pull-out shelves). Basically, once the locks are installed, you slide a magnet key over the front of the cabinet and then the lock disables, and you can open it. Steve had no problem at all installing these, you can't see them from the outside, and if you've got the key, it's a cinch to open them. SO much better than those awful 80's clip locks that we had when we were kids!!!
Mommy's Helper outlet plugs and then also some of the Kidco Outlet covers for outlets that always have something plugged into them.