(ThankYourBaby.com) – As soon as children start to crawl and walk they come face to face with many dangers that they aren’t still aware of, while exploring the environment. One of possible dangers for your baby to get hurt can be the corners and edges at your home.
In order to help you with this problem we described for you in this article the most effective ways of how to baby proof corners. Some of them can be bought at the shop and some can be made at home.
Ways to Baby Proof – DIY baby proof corner solution
Homemade corner cushion
We will start with DIY baby proof solution that can be a good way of how to baby proof corners. This can be the right thing for you in case you are a cheap-loving mom because you this can save some substantial cash in comparison to buy a baby-proofing from the shop.
Let’s see what you will need for this:
- Plumbing foam pipe insulation that can be found in hardware store and it is recommended to be the self-sealing variety.
- Good scissors.
- Duct tape that can be useful, but it isn’t necessary.
Now when you have all the tools, let’s go through the main steps:
Step 1 – Cut foam pipe insulation
Foam pipe insulation must have a split down of at least 6 foot long pieces that can be found in hardware store. It is recommended that foam already sticky is.
It has a function to go around a pipe and stick to itself. That is why it is important to be careful in order to peel only one side at a time.
First thing you have to do is to be sure what length of pipe you need. We recommend you to make protective corners and then add pieces between them in order to cover the length of the table. That decision is just up to you and your needs.
Then you have to cut a V shape out of the middle of every corner, one on each side of the pipe. It is very important not to forget to leave space between the Vs so you could wrap around the corner. In other words, be careful not to cut up the pipe in half by mistake.
2 – Apply Corners
Now when you are done with cutting, make sure to fit the cut pieces over the corner and after that carefully peel off the yellow backing and leave the sticky part on the table. The foam must be held carefully in place while you are working and pressed to the surface in order to secure. In case the foam can’t stick to the surface you can use a bit of handy-dandy duct tape in order to secure it.
It is good to add long pieces between the corners that is very simple in comparison to the corners.
And there you go! Your table corners are baby-proofed!
The second, great DIY solution is tennis balls. In case you have some old tennis balls that aren’t in use any more, there is a possibility to recycle them into good baby-proofing. All you have to do is cut a hole in the ball and wedge it onto corners of your table, chairs and other furniture.
Corner guards, corner protectors and corner cushions
If you are lazy and have money for already made solution, you can choose in the shop corner guards, corner protectors or corner cushions. These products have been used in baby proofing for years that effectively save babies and toddlers from any kind of bumps and bruises, but also adults’ knees and shins.
Most of nursing homes and assisted living facilities are using these products in order to soften the bumps of residents and reduce the number of work-related injuries.
Corner guards are convenient for use around tables, table corners, stairs and steps and for the other places that contain sharp edges. Edge guards can be cut to size and most of them are easy to fit, stay on well without danger to mark or damage furniture or furnishings after you remove
How to prevent potential issues?
But what to do when you buy foam childproofing guard to protect your baby from sharp corners and suddenly figure out that something is obviously wrong and you are stuck it on? On the other hand, it can happen that cushions can’t stick tight enough or they stick too tightly and won’t come off when you don’t need them anymore or can stick right but leave a gluey residue after you remove them.
In order to prevent any unpredictable situation we prepared some useful tips how to install and remove corner cushions in a right way.
- 1. Quality
Quality is definitely always on the first place. Majority of corner cushions are installed with double-sided tape with one side that sticks to the cushions and the other one that sticks to the object. If the quality is bad, the tape won’t be strong enough to be able to secure tightly.
Another important thing is that cushions are also good quality or the tape won’t adhere in right way to them or it won’t give enough protection to your little explorer.
- 2. Placement
Before your little one starts learning to stand, it would be good to place the corner cushions or edge cushions on the top of the corners of furniture having the protection area faced up. In that time you or your caregiver will probably hold your baby so there will be no danger from child to bang its head onto the corner or edge of the table from above.
When your baby starts standing and walking you will have to place the corner cushions on the underside of the table having the protection area faced up.
As we know, in first years of their lives, babies aren’t able to recognize the danger and have no fear while exploring the environment. Some of those dangers are definitely sharp corners of the furniture.
Those parents who aren’t ready to pay for this protection can make corner cushions at home or use tennis balls. You can also buy corner guards in the shop but in that case we recommend you to pay attention to quality and a way of placing them.
Even if you put protection to corners, it is always good to keep your little one on eye as much as possible because you can never know what can happen.