Baby-proofing Tips for Renters
Baby proofing can be a tedious process in any home, but may be especially challenging in a rental property. If you’re a renter, chances are you are painfully aware of just how strict most lease terms are when it comes to renovations and modifications to the property. Most leases prohibit tenants from making any permanent alterations. These restrictions can make seemingly simple baby-proofing projects nearly impossible for tenants to do without violating the terms of their lease. Fortunately, a little creativity and willingness to adapt can go a long way toward helping tenants find solutions to baby proof their leased living spaces. Despite limitations and challenges, there are many ways that you can make your rental home a safe and secure place for your baby to live, play, grow, and thrive.
Here are some suggestions that you may find helpful when baby proofing your rental property:
Search for a rental property that is already baby-safe
By renting a property that is already baby-safe, you will protect yourself and your family from future worries and potential risks. Avoid homes with open staircases, windows situated low to the ground, and any other fundamental, non-modifiable features of the home that appear to be unsafe for babies and children.
Use pressure mounted baby gates
Traditional, hardware-mounted baby gates may be prohibited in most rental properties. However, pressure-mounted baby gates can be installed without property alterations. Pressure-mounted gates are a suitable replacement for hardware mounted gates in most circumstances. However, never install pressure-mounted gates at the top of staircases, as they cannot reliably support as much weight as a traditional, hardware-mounted baby gate.
Install outlet covers
Outlet covers are incredibly inexpensive and easy to use. Just place them in all unused outlets in and around the house to block them from your baby’s curious reach.
Use cabinet locks
Many cabinet locks are intended to be used temporarily and are easy to install and remove. Cabinet locks help keep your baby out of dangerous chemicals or cookware.
Anchor your furniture and heavy appliances
This method does require you to screw into the walls, but these alterations will not be directly visible as they will be located behind your heavy appliances and furniture. The damage caused by these modifications will also be quite minimal and easy to repair upon move-out.
Place all your furniture away from windows
Position your furniture, especially baby furniture such as cribs, to be as far from windows as possible. In the event that a window is left open, you want to ensure that your baby will be unable to reach the window if they were to climb up your furniture.
Reach out to your landlord
Contact your landlord and explain your concerns before making any modifications to your leased property. Many landlords will likely agree to minor modifications to ensure that their property provides a safe space for your children.
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