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Ways To Childproof Your Apartment In Lafayette

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

You could have kids in your family or one coming soon. You may also regularly host close friends and neighbors with young people. Whatever the case may be, if you plan to have little kids in your Lafayette apartment, you’ll want to do a bit of childproofing to ensure everyone’s safety. Here are some tips to childproof your apartment in Lafayette.

Childproof Your Apartment In Lafayette By Moving Dangerous Items Into Inaccessible Areas

Colorful bedroom located at Lakeside apartments 

Kids have a natural curiosity and attempt to get their hands on all types of things. The starting point to childproofing an apartment in Lafayette is to position unsafe, important, or fragile objects out of reach. Do a walkthrough of your apartment to determine items a toddler shouldn’t play with and move, hide, or secure them all. That includes
  • Any sharp items.
  • Any hazardous materials.
  • Chains or cords on blinds and other things that create a strangulation risk.
  • Breakable knick-knacks.
  • Important documents.
  • Vases and other filled containers.
  • Things that could be deemed good to eat but are not, like pills or your pet’s water and food.
  • Unsecured bookshelves or other furniture that a child might bring down on top of himself.
  • Pens and pencils.

Install Locks To Prevent Little Ones From Rummaging Through Cabinets

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

Even in roomy apartments, you’ll have trouble finding enough high places to store everything. You can shield children and your belongings by putting them in secured cabinets. You’ll come across many styles of locking devices available for purchase. Some interlock with the cabinet handles, while others cause cabinet doors to be impossible to open for little ones with still developing fine motor skills. And when the child in your apartment often goes for the fridge or toilet, invest in locks for those too.

Incorporate Baby Gates To Prevent Kids From Getting Into Trouble

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

As soon as they become mobile, babies want to roam around. To keep them within sight and out of potentially risky spots like utility rooms and kitchens, use a playpen or easy-to-install gates to enclose them. A little playpen will have ample room for an infant and lots of playthings to entertain them as you’re cooking a meal or trying to get some work done. Collapsible pack ‘n’ plays stow away with ease when you don’t need them.

For eager toddlers, indoor gates will corral them into a defined location. Many baby gates are secured by pressure mounting so you aren’t required to drill holes in your apartment walls. If you do need to drill holes for a baby gate, remember to fix the holes prior to leaving the apartment.

Keep Young Guests Out Of Danger With Childproof Entrance Locks

Young people grow in a hurry, and then all of a sudden, they’re at a height where they can reach the knob on the front door and get out. To thwart your wannabe fugitives, consistently keep your door’s chain fastened when you have kids around. If your unit doesn’t have a door chain or you regularly neglect to lock it, consider a cover for the door knob that makes it challenging for small hands to hold and twist. When faced with sliding glass doors, try an adhesive sliding door flip lock. These adhere to the stationary section of the door and halt children from moving the door at all after you activate the lock.

Minimize The Risk Of Accidents With A Balcony Barrier

Balcony with a railing at Waverly Apartments

If you allow kids to have fun on your balcony, a balcony barrier is mandatory. These resemble netting and secure to your balcony easily to keep any items from escaping through rails. You can even use a balcony privacy screen that adds the benefit of providing privacy regardless of whether you have kids at your apartment.

Create A Home For Guests Of All Ages At Precedent Flats

Residents and their guests of various age levels enjoy living and getting together at Precedent Flats. To see what makes our beautiful apartments and community features so in-demand, schedule a tour or call 765-771-7085 to talk with one of our leasing representatives.