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How To Childproof Your Apartment In Indianapolis

June 29, 2022
Blue decor with wooden flooring in a spacious living room located at Echo Park Bloomington apartments.

You might have children in your family or a baby coming in the near future. Or perhaps you frequently host family and friends with small children. In any case, if you expect to have children in your Indianapolis apartment, you’ll want to do some childproofing to ensure everyone’s safety. Here are several suggestions to childproof your apartment in Indianapolis.

Childproof Your Apartment In Indianapolis By Moving Potential Dangers Into Unreachable Spots

Colorful bedroom located at Lakeside apartments 

Kids are curious and try to touch just about anything. The initial consideration when childproofing an apartment in Indianapolis is to place dangerous, messy, or fragile objects into areas that can’t be reached. Do a walkthrough of your apartment looking for items a child shouldn’t be touching and move, hide, or secure them all. This should include
  • Any sharp items.
  • Anything poisonous.
  • Cords and strings that pose a strangulation risk.
  • Fragile keepsakes.
  • Vital papers.
  • Spillable objects.
  • Items that look edible but are not, like pills or dog food.
  • Unsecured bookshelves or other furniture that a child might try to climb and pull down.
  • Markers, pencils, and art supplies.

Use Child Safety Locks To Prevent Toddlers From Opening Cabinets

Close up of a white cabinet with a baby-proof lock system. 

Even in sizeable apartments, you’re not likely to have enough higher, safe spots to place items. You can guard young ones and your belongings by hiding them in securely fastened cabinets. You’ll come across numerous styles of child safety locks in stores or online. Some fit around the cabinetry hardware, while others cause cabinet doors to be impossible to unlock for toddlers with poor dexterity. And if the kid in your apartment enjoys playing in the fridge or toilet, get locking devices for those as well.

Incorporate Baby Gates To Prevent Kids From Wandering

Baby throws a yellow ball through the baby gate on the floor. 

Whenever they are mobile, toddlers try to roam around. In order to keep them in view and clear of hazardous spots like utility rooms and kitchens, utilize a playard or easy-to-install gates to enclose them. A small playpen will hold little one and lots of toys to occupy them when you’re making lunch or doing your best to work. Folding pack ‘n’ plays can be put away effortlessly when they’re not being used.

When dealing with curious toddlers, indoor gates will confine them to a defined space. Many baby gates install with pressure mounting so you aren’t required to use your drill on the walls. When you must drill holes for a baby gate, remember to repair the holes before moving.

Keep Children Inside With Childproof Door Locks

Young people grow in a hurry, and before you know it, they’re of a height to reach the knob on the front door and get out. To stop little runaways, consistently keep your chain attached when you have younger guests about. If you don’t have a door chain lock or you regularly don’t remember to use it, consider a door knob cover that makes it tough for small hands to grasp and rotate. If you have sliding doors, try a sliding door flip lock. These adhere to the non-movable section of the door and halt kids from sliding the door when you activate the lock.

Minimize The Risk Of Accidents With A Balcony Barrier

Balcony with a railing at Waverly Apartments

If you let little ones have fun on your balcony, a mesh balcony guard is mandatory. These have the appearance of nets and secure to your balcony with zip ties to keep anything from falling through railing bars. You might also opt for a a non-transparent option that does double duty in giving you privacy during times when you don’t have kids at your apartment.

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