6 Creative Ways to Baby Proof Your Home With Common Household Objects


There are so many products available on the market to help you baby proof your home. But what happens when you can’t get to the store and your baby figures out how to open every single cabinet, door, and drawer in your home? Before pure panic kicks in, here are some “in a pinch” baby proofing solutions that really work!


  • Does your little one love to rummage through the fridge on their own? Keep that door closed in aduct tape pinch with a long piece of clear packing tape! Fold over one end so you have a tab to peel back when you want to get in there, but your little on won’t be strong enough to break the seal caused by the tape.
  • Hair ties, rubber bands or yarn can be used at any time to keep cabinet doors closed.
  • Outlets can be a big problem. If you find that you ran out of covers, a piece of duct tape over the outlet cover can keep them out of sight until you can get real covers.


  • A piece of packing tape will work in a second to keep baby out of the toilet.

Living/Family Room

  • To prevent extra cord from hanging out (from the TV, lamps, computers or other electronics), use a zip tie or twist tie to hold them together and tuck them out of your little ones reach.
  • For sharp corners on tables, a foam pool noodle can work wonders. Cut a slit lengthwise and slip the noodle on the edge of the table to add a protective cushion.

Packing tape can be used to hold most anything closed, and doesn’t leave a sticky residue when peeled off (it is a very versatile product to have on hand!).

What are some in a pinch baby proofing methods you have used?


9 thoughts on “6 Creative Ways to Baby Proof Your Home With Common Household Objects

  • March 7, 2015 at 4:04 pm
    I love the ideas! One thing I did at my house to keep the baby from opening the lever lock doors to his siblings rooms and the bathrooms is tie a rubber band with a paperclip on it. That way we can lock the door when we are not in the room but have a "key" to open it when we need to get in. Reply
  • September 25, 2012 at 12:02 am
    This is awesome. Who would have thought all those simple things could be used for those purposes. My nephew currently comes over three times a week and i was looking for cheap and easy ways to baby proof so thanks! Reply
  • September 17, 2012 at 2:40 pm
    Good ideas! Things that I thought she wouldn't figure out, she's now starting to figure out and I have to be creative in my baby proofing techniques. LoL Reply
  • September 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm
    I love the packing tape ideas! I got so overwhelmed with baby-proofing stuff in BabiesRUs that I just ended up leaving with just plug guards. I never thought you could do so much with just stuff around the house! Reply
  • September 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm
    Such smart ideas! Thanks for sharing- I will so use the toilet one when I go over to my MILs, Emmitt is always playing in her toilet! Reply
  • September 13, 2012 at 1:41 pm
    A pool noodle on the table corners - I never thought of that! Also love the idea of the packing tape. Reply
  • September 12, 2012 at 10:30 am
    I love the packing tape on the fridge idea! I think that would work wonders at my house! I also like the pool noodle for sharp edges.. it might look ridiculous but help with my little ones falls! Reply
  • September 12, 2012 at 9:20 am
    These are awesome ideas!! My 2year old loves getting into the fridge and "grazing", so I'll have to try the packing tape. Reply

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