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How Do I Protect My Baby From Bed Edges?

Platform beds are great to look at because of their symmetry, sharp lines, and solid surfaces. This creates a very aesthetically pleasing experience. 

Unfortunately, these very same qualities can cause concern for parents of babies and small toddlers. Once they get up and start walking around, toddlers seem to bump their heads into everything. They are so top-heavy, making it easy to lose their balance.

Parents worry that they need to babyproof their platform beds to prevent injuries against sharp corners. This is a legitimate concern. Even if the toddler never trips or stumbles, it is always better to be safe than sorry. 

We once saw a toddler run full speed into drywall, leaving a tennis ball-sized hole in the wall with their head. He was fine, but it goes to show that anything can happen.

  • Tip #1: Cover the Corners With a Thick Blanket or Comforter: This is a simple solution that only requires you to make your bed every day on time. Drape the blanket over the corners so that they are completely covered. You may have to use more than one blanket to cushion the corners. Look for thick padded blankets. Comforters work well because they tend to be thicker than normal blankets. Try getting a comforter that is one size too big so that there is plenty of flop-over.
  • Tip #2: Stuff the Blanket Corners: If the comforter you’re using isn’t thick enough, try stuffing the bottom corners with extra padding. Such as a folded hand towel or old t-shirts. Like the previous tip, you’ll have to make sure to make your bed every day and cover the corners well. Use a comforter you don’t mind having to open and sow back up again. It’s not a pretty solution, but worth it if you can bear with it.
  • Tip #3: Corner Protectors & Bumpers: These handy little guards protect kids and are the exact shape you need to place on a sharp corner. Corner bumpers are available in different materials such as foam and plastic. Some even come in different colours to match your home decor, such as brown for wood furniture. They tend to come with their adhesive.
  • Tip #4: Edge Guards For the Sides: The side rails of a platform bed also have sharp corners that can be potentially dangerous to a small child running about in your bedroom. For this, edge corner guards are available. They stick to a 90-degree edge using adhesive or double-sided tape. Once in place, it cushions the edge and helps protect against injuries.
  • Tip #5: Non-Skid Mats & Grippers For Rugs: Not just the bed itself, but the area around it requires consideration. Area rugs look great on hardwood floors. But after a fresh polish, area rugs without any grip become potential slipping hazards. As a solution, non-skid mats and grippers go directly underneath an area rug to keep it from slipping underneath you. This helps prevent the type of accidents that lead to bumped heads.
  • Tip #6: Upholster the Frame: If you’re confident enough in your DIY skills and are looking for a new project, this is also an option. Although much more permanent than the rest. Upholstering a frame completely changes the bed's look, so be sure this is what you want. Instead of the sharp, clean look of modern design, it will become soft and rounded, which some people prefer. Check out this step-by-step tutorial for detailed instructions.

Despite the sharp corners, platform beds are a safer choice for kids than traditional box springs. Because they don’t need a box spring, platform beds are much closer to the ground. 

This reduces the risk of injury when children fall off the bed while playing or sleeping. A previous study determined that children under six years of age have a higher chance of injuries, with a 52% chance of significant injury, simply by falling off the bed while sleeping.

Baby Nursery FAQs

Don't worry about your baby hitting her head on the crib's sides. Head bumping is usually not a problem. They are built for this as they learn to crawl, walk, and stand.

The corner guards are easy to install and use; however, they aren't durable, for they can be torn into pieces. The small pieces left after the child rips it promotes a choking hazard to them.

Sharp corners on furniture, countertops and fireplaces can be especially dangerous. You can protect your little ones from injury by using double-sided tape and bubble wrap or piping foam, a consumer safety expert for Safety 1st.

Cover all sharp furniture edges and corners with bumpers or safety padding. Block all open outlets with furniture or use safety plugs. Latch closed any drawers, doors or cupboards within baby's reach. Get rid of any blinds or curtains with looped cords, or install safety tassels and cord stops to tuck away the cords.

To avoid injuries or damages.

You need to ensure that the walls of your premises are protected to prevent losses and accidents. In businesses or areas where you expect heavy traffic, you should install sturdy or durable corner guards to protect your walls.

Top Essentials For Baby Proofing Your Home

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It may seem odd to baby-proof your home when your infant can't even roll over yet, but you may be surprised at how soon they'll be getting around and getting into things. 

So it's never too soon. Take the time to be baby-proof when your little one is still brand new or even before they arrive.

Tie It Down

Time to secure your TVs and furniture -- just in case. Use furniture straps to hold TVs, bookshelves, dressers, and other heavy furniture in place in any rooms where your child might be left alone, even for a minute. 

Don't put a TV on top of a dresser -- the drawers can be used for climbing. Put corner or edge bumpers on any furniture with sharp edges.

Potty Precautions

You might not see your toilet as a hazard, but the water in it, and the toilet lid, can be a danger for a curious child. To prevent any problems: Remember always to keep toilet lids down and secured with a lid lock.

Control Your Cords

Use cord holders to keep longer cords fastened against walls. Your little one can't tug on a tangle of computer cords and another electrical wiring. That could keep your baby safe from electrical hazards or heavy equipment that falls after a couple of tiny tugs.

Give Baby A Safe Night's Sleep

Make sure your baby's crib has fixed rails. Or, if you must use an older crib, don't use the drop-side rail or get an immobilizer. (Cribs with drop-side rails are banned.) Test the crib to ensure your baby can't fit their head between the slats. 

If you can slide a soda can between the slats, they're too wide. Always keep delicate items like blankets, pillows, stuffed toys, and bumpers from your baby's sleep space.

Manage Your Medication

Store all medicines in a high, locked cabinet. Never take medicine out of its original childproof container. Try not to take medicine before your child, or they may want to imitate you. Never call medicine "candy." 

And don't flush old pills down the toilet. Please get rid of them through your local drug take-back program, or put them in a sealed bag with something your child won't want to eat -- like kitty litter or coffee grounds -- and throw it in the trash.

Blind Danger

Tie all blind cords high out of reach, or cut the ends and attach breakaway safety tassels. Never put a crib or child's bed near window blinds or drapes. Those dangling cords can be a choking risk.

Prevent Shocks

Put outlet covers on all exposed electrical sockets to keep your little one from getting an electric shock. Some small outlet covers can be a choking hazard if a baby or toddler pries them out of the wall. 

Look for "childproof" covers requiring two hands to remove or cover plates that screw on. For double protection, place large furniture in front of outlets.

When It's Time For A Change

You'll probably be surprised at how fast your baby learns to roll over -- and the changing table becomes a falling hazard. Be sure your changing table has safety straps and always buckle up when diapering your child. 

Don't ever leave the baby alone on the table. Plan and have all the items you need -- diapers, wipes, baby cream, nail clippers, and a small toy -- handy before you start to change the baby.

Lock It Up

Protect curious kids from household cleaners and other chemicals by storing those items in locked cabinets or installing safety latches that lock when you close the cabinet door. 

Do the same for any low cupboards that contain risky items like small appliances. For added safety, store hazardous items up high and far away from small fingers.

Safety In The Car

Keep your baby safe in your car, too -- in a rear-facing car seat until they are 2. Don't use a car seat if you don't know its history. It may have been involved in a car crash, or it may be past its expiration date. 

Avoid a used car seat that looks damaged or is missing parts or the instructions. Avoid recalled models, too. You can find out more about car seat safety from the manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tub Time

a baby in a bathtub with soap foam.

Make tub time fun but safe for your little one. Prevent scalding by adjusting your water heater so that the water is no hotter than 120 degrees. 

Install no-slip strips on the bottom of your tub and a soft cover on the faucet to protect tender heads. Most importantly, never leave your baby or toddler alone in the tub, even moment.

Limit Baby's Movement

Suppose there are some rooms you don't want to babyproof, use baby gates to keep your little one from getting into them. Also, install gates at the top and bottom of the stairs before your baby gets mobile. 

Don't use accordion-style gates, which could trap the baby's head. Look for gates that attach securely to the wall but won't pinch small fingers.

Prevent Window Falls

Place your child's crib and other furniture away from the windows. Please don't rely on standard window screens -- they're meant to keep insects out, not children. Instead, install childproof screens, or even better, window guards, proven to prevent falls.

Around Pools And Water Features

Take steps to safeguard areas around pools, hot tubs, and other home features with standing water, like fish tanks and ponds. Backyard pools should be surrounded by a 4-foot fence, preferably with a self-latching gate. Pool covers and alarms may provide additional protection. Don't leave toys floating in pools. And just like in the tub, never take your eyes off a child near water.

Practice Toy Safety

Baby toys should be safe for babies. Your child's toys should be much larger than their mouth to prevent choking. Check that all the parts attached to a toy -- like doll eyes or teddy bear bows -- are securely fastened and can't be torn off. Remove mobiles attached to a crib as soon as your baby can push up on their hands and knees.

Unplug Appliances

You may leave appliances such as the toaster, coffee maker, or paper shredder plugged in for convenience. But some appliances can harm your child if she turns them on, pulls them down on them, or gets tangled in a cord. Unplug them when you're not using them and put them away, out of reach, if you can.

Alarms

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are essential to your family's safety. Install a smoke alarm outside every bedroom or sleeping area, and make sure there's at least one on every floor. 

Don't put smoke detectors near the kitchen or bathroom -- these areas can trigger false alarms that may leave you inclined to ignore them. Check the batteries every month.

Choose A Safer Toy Box

Choose a toy box with a safe design. Avoid containers with hinged lids that slam down. You want one with a light, removable lid or one that slides. 

If yours has a hinged top, make sure it has lid support that can prop the lid open. Pick a toy box with ventilation holes or a gap beneath the lid -- in case a kid climbs in.

Get Your Child's Point Of View

The best way to babyproof is to see things the way your baby does. Get down on your hands and knees and crawl around. What's at baby's eye level and within easy reach? 

Kids can be curious about anything they see, like computer cords and glassware on low shelves. You might not notice breakable or hazardous items when towering above them.

How To Choose The Right Baby Corner Protectors?

Consider the following factors when shopping for the right baby corner protector for your home.

  • The shape of the furniture: Protectors for covering the edges are ideal for rectangular and square tables and cabinets, whereas strip protectors can be used on round tables.
  • Material of the surface: This information is provided by the manufacturer. Check if the product is compatible with wood, glass, and metals.
  • Adhesive: It must be simple to attach while not destroying the texture of furniture when removed. Customer reviews are the most reliable source for this information.
  • Composition: Food-grade protectors are ideal for homes with babies and pets. Babies have a habit of nibbling on items within their reach. Thus, ensure that the protector is free of toxic chemicals such as BPA, phthalates, and toxic fire retardants.

With the best corner protectors for babies on our list, your baby can run and jump around the house without fear of getting hurt. These protectors aren’t just for babies; they’re also great for homes with older adults.

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