12 Brilliant (And Cheap!) Baby-Proofing Tricks Using Stuff You Already Have

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Necessity may be the mother of invention, but perhaps frugality is the dad. Keeping little ones safe is any parent’s top priority. Fortunately, you do not have to spend your child’s college fund to protect your tiny tot from the dangers lurking around your home. Check out these brilliant baby-proofing hacks other parents have devised using stuff you probably already have.

1. Tennis Ball Corner Guards

Whether they are just starting to “cruise” around on the furniture or they are already tearing through the house, sharp corners can be a hazard to little noggins. Solve the problem by cutting slits in tennis balls and sliding them onto furniture corners.

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2. Hair Elastic On Toilet Paper Roll

Kids can spread out an entire roll of TP in seconds flat and once it’s unrolled, you will never get it back in place. A simple hair elastic wrapped around the roll can toddler-proof your toilet paper.

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3. Crib Bumpers On Fireplace Hearth

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends nixing crib bumpers to create a safer sleeping environment for your baby. Use them to baby-proof your hearth instead by wrapping the base of your fireplace in the fabric-covered cushions.

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4. Duct-Tape Outlets

Electrical outlets seem to entice small children. Remove the temptation by covering wall outlets in duct tape. With so many designer styles available, you can even find something to enhance your décor.


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5. Hangers On Closet Doorknobs

Bi-fold closet doors can be tricky when it comes to baby-proofing, but this genius hack solves the problem. Simply place an inverted plastic clothing hanger over both knobs to keep little ones from opening, closing and pinching themselves.

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