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    26 Products To Make Your Home Safer For Children

    These handy things will not only keep your busy little bees out of trouble but also lower your stress levels just a little bit.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. An inexpensive baby gate that's super easy to install — just pressure mount you don't have to drill holes into your walls — and even easier for adults to open with one hand. But rest assured, it'll keep your toddler from taking a tumble down the stairs.

    reviewer's photo of a child trying to open a gate
    reviewer's gif showing how to open the door latch easily with one hand

    Pssst, this gate has 40,000+ 5-star (!!!) reviews and is capable of expanding to fit openings between 29–34 and 35–38.5 inches wide. This gate will not fit an opening between 34–35 inch. It also stands 30 inches tall. Make sure to measure your opening before you buy to ensure proper fit. 

    Promising review: "Best gate I have ever owned. I have two small kids, a dog, and two cats. Plus, lots of stairs. I have gone through so many gates in the last three years. Most broke over time or came loose. This gate is worth 20 stars. Amazing quality. It has stood the test of time! reliable, sturdy, easy to use, easy to install. The gate swings both ways! That's a HUGE plus. I feel so secure having it knowing that there is no way my kids or dog can knock it down or get over it. It is tall too. Buy this one. Coming from the girl who is the queen of gates. This one is one-and-done." —L. Randall

    Get it from Amazon for $39.98.

    2. A pack of inconspicuous corner guards to give you peace of mind as your wobbly new walker zooms around the living room (and comes precariously close to a sharp coffee table).

    reviewer's photo of a clear guard placed on a glass table corner
    The same guard being pulled off, stretching until it releases

    Promising review: "Must-have. I love these. We just moved in with family, and they had a coffee table with super-sharp corners and I have a little one who pulls up on everything and is trying to walk. To say I was on edge is an understatement. My sister-in-law didn’t want an obnoxious baby proof item around her house, but these were so discreet she didn’t even notice that I had installed them. They are so soft that my little one started gumming on them to soothe his gums, LOL. They were super easy to install, stuck on very well and with not much effort, and came with plenty so if I need them I’ll have them handy. Super satisfied! If you’re thinking about getting, them please do!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    3. A pack of multi-purpose safety straps for childproofing your fridge, toilet, washer, and dryer...basically anything your tiny troublemaker enjoys tampering with. These won't budge, despite their Hulk-like efforts. The best part? No drilling required, just peel and stick.

    Promising review: "These things are awesome! Super easy to install. I didn't think they'd actually work, because my toddler is a beast, but we have them on our fridge and a few cupboards, and they keep her out. :) She pulls pretty hard, and they don't budge. They're pretty easy to unlatch; my 7-year-old doesn't have a problem with it. Great purchase!" —Angel Starr

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $9.95.

    4. A pack of motion-activated toilet night-lights to make middle-of-the-night toilet runs a little bit safer and a lot less messy. Added bonus: There's no need to leave the bathroom light on all night long.

    reviewer's photo showing their toilet glowing with a purple light
    reviewer's video showing their toilet bowl changing colors

    Promising review: "It is a great safety feature for the bathroom because it lights up the commode. Makes it safe for the whole family regardless of age! I laughed when a friend ordered two for our family. Now...I think how inconvenient is would be without it." —Patricia A. Baldwin

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this product. Especially because with a husband and a son, they tend to sprinkle on the toilet seat in the middle of the night. With the color set to any bright color (like white, yellow, green, or blue) it illuminates every single sprinkle on the seat! You will no longer have a bottom wet with pee in the middle of the night! When I purchased this I bought a case of AAA batteries thinking I would have to change them often (with six people in the house they get used often). However I have not had to change the batteries once in a few months! Also the sensor is super sensitive so it turns on as you come through the door, or even a little before. Just a great product all around. Definitely recommend for households with children, you won't have to leave your bathroom light in all night anymore either! #MomWin." —Angela

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $12.89.

    5. A solid wooden learning tower, a more secure alternative to your little sous chef climbing on top of the chair or kitchen counter to help you in the kitchen.

    Gif of a child standing on the wooden stool and helping in the kitchen
    Montessori House Bed / Etsy

    Montessori House Bed is a small biz based in Latvia, owned by parents, who specialize in building Montessori furniture for children.

    Promising review: "I love this item. It is exactly as pictured and I love the since of independence it gave my daughter. Now I can do even more activities with her. I also like that it comes with a safety bar and you can adjust it based on the height of your little one. But if you have a climber like me I still suggest you keep an eye on them while they are using the step stool. Highly recommend!" —Stephanie Elder

    Get it from Montessori House Bed on Etsy for $140+ (available in four colors).

    6. A splurgy large foam play mat because it's ~extra-cushiony~ that it'll pay for itself over and over when it protects your baby against hard falls when the littles do what they do best: crawl, tumble, and topple over when learning to sit and stand. 

    reviewer's photo showing that the mat is reversible
    reviewer's photo of their baby sitting on the Moroccan print playmat

    I can personally vouch for this mat. I put off buying it for months because let's be honest, the price is borderline ridiculous. But, this is now our fave (expensive) baby purchase ever for many reasons: Unlike those interlocking tile mats, it doesn't fall apart. Stains and spills wipe off easily. It is reversible with a fun kiddie design on one side and a classy, modern design on the other so we can switch up the look in our living room or playroom. Most importantly, it is INCREDIBLY THICK AND SQUISHY, to the point that it feels like walking on clouds every time we step on it. In fact, we loved it so much, we ended up replacing our living room rug with a second mat.

    Promising review: "Seriously, just take my money! This play mat is AMAZING! I wanted something gender neutral and classy but fun for a play mat (given that my play area is attached to a common room). This mat is very soft but firm enough to provide support. It reminds me of the quality of those support mats for standing in front of the kitchen sink, but a bit softer. I have it over rug, but it would be great placed over a hardwood floor. I like that there is a classy 'normal house rug' side and a 'fun kids themed' side. The kids themes side is not obnoxiously bright, but has a nice neutral classy kids themed alphabet print. It's easy to clean up/wipe down when something is spilled on it. It is also cat approved. I got the large mat and I couldn't be happier. I am honestly considering a smaller one for my own room next to my bed. If you are looking for a quality mat to invest in, this is well worth the money. I see more of these in my house in the future!" —Lauren N

    Get it from Amazon for $179.95 (available in two sizes and seven prints).

    7. And an extra large mesh baby playpen that can practically fit the whole fam and doesn't give off *baby jail* vibes. BUT, it'll do a stellar job of keeping your speedy tot contained so you can step away for a quick minute.

    A model and child playing in the gray mesh playpen

    Promising review: "So far we love it! Easy to put together, pretty color, nice and sturdy. It is so big that my whole family of four can fit in it and play together. Perfect for my 8-month-old to crawl around and explore in a safe clean space without feeling too contained. My 8-year-old even looks small in it. Definitely not something you can fold up and put away. This is more of a permanent fixture in the room. If you want to put it away you have to completely take apart. Which is okay for us because we are planning on leaving it out 24/7." —Casey

    Get it from Walmart for $129.99 or from Target for $129.99.

    8. A pack of inexpensive outlet covers if your toddler has developed a dangerous obsession with sticking their fingers into sockets.

    Eight plastic outlet covers
    reviewer's gif placing the plastic protectors on the outlet

    Promising review: "I had some outlet protectors already, but my 10-month-old daughter figured those ones out. These ones are nice because they are discreet. They sit flush with the outlet. They aren’t distracting so my daughter doesn’t find interest in them. And they are too thin for her to pry them off. I actually kinda had trouble getting them out of one of my outlets but I find that a good thing, they are definitely child-proof. Can’t beat the low price either. And they arrived very quickly." —Bazoo Studios

    Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $5.52+ (also available as an 8-pack, 60-pack, and 120-pack).

    9. Or an outlet box to keep devices and other things conveniently plugged in but completely hidden and put an end to power cords being yanked out.

    Promising review: "This is the best outlet protector I have tried, and I've tried several. From the simple socket plugs to outlet covers, my son could get access to the outlets at the age of nine months. This one, however, securely covers the entire outlet and screws into the existing base. It is difficult for someone (even an adult) with small hands to open, requiring a good-sized spread of the hand to press on the latches on either side of the unit to lift the lid. The beauty of it, though, is that you can plug things into the outlet without the kids being able to get into it AND add or remove a device from the socket with ease. Definitely a good investment, and should last for several years without being disturbed by curious and grubby little hands. It's a keeper." —AntKathy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    10. whale-shaped bath spout cover that'll prevent bonks on the head when little ones are having a ~whale~ of a good time in the bath. Plus, it comes with an adjustable strap to fit snugly on any faucet.

    reviewer's photo showing the blue whale covering bath faucet
    The spout cover in gray

    Promising review: "My 1-year-old was always getting close to the faucet to play with the water and would end up crying all the time because he would end up bumping his head. But this saved him from that. Now he gets to enjoy the water without bumping his head, and if he does it won't hurt him since the whale is made of rubber. It's a plus that I can hang the spray tub lower and not have to stretch in my tippie toes every night. It's adjustable, so it fits pretty much all the faucets. This is a must-have if you have little ones." —Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    11. And a suction cup bath mat because the combo of wet kiddos, rough play, and slippery bathtub floors is nerve-racking to say the least 😱.

    A child model sitting on the non-slip mat in the bathtub

    Promising review: "We had to replace our kids old bath mat because it started to look as if mildew was growing on it. The main reason we chose this one was it has holes that allow it to dry more fully. We always wipe it down and hang it off to the side so that all the water can run off and it can fully dry. This material doesn’t soak up water like our previous bath mat. I also love that it covers the area around the drain hole because for some reason my toddler loves to sit right there in the corner. He also has a bad habit of standing up and has even tried jumping around and dancing in the tub. Luckily this mat is textured and he has yet to slip. This extra-long mat covers the whole length of the tub and keeps our kids safe Great buy." —Sue

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in eight colors).

    12. A set of ingenious magnetic locks that don't require screwing into your cabinets. These install in seconds with tape to keep your curious tot from breaking into drawers. Bonus: They're hidden inside so they aren't eye sores.

    The magnetic locks
    reviewer's video showing them opening the drawer with a magnetic key

    The set comes with 12 locks (with strong 3M double-sided tape on the back) and two keys.

    Promising review: "These are awesome! I spent hours with a drill and screwdriver installing push down locks on cupboards five years ago. I now have another crawling baby and those ones are all broken. I was dreading installing new ones and saw these. They literally go on in seconds, the bracket means it lines up perfectly, and the adhesive is strong! My older kids think the magnet key is super fun. Baby stays out of the chemicals and I put one on the trash door so the dog stays out of the trash so everyone gets to live longer. Win-win. I also love that you can 'turn' them off and on so when my kids are bigger we can flip the switch but if little kids were visiting we could put them back on."Joseph J. Krakker

    Get a set from Amazon for $33.99.

    13. A pack of doorknob covers to foil kids' escape attempts from the front door. Your Houdini will not be able to outsmart matter how hard they try. These have 7,000 5-star reviews for a reason!

    A child trying to open a door knob that has a cover installed on it
    reviewer's photo of ther door knob fitted with a cover

    Promising review: "These are great! My very smart and tactile toddler cannot get them open, but I don’t have to struggle with them. I just grab the door through the holes, no worrying about the cover slipping and fumbling with the knob. I like the look of them too, they are sleek and unobtrusive. Great design!" —Christine B.

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $9.99.

    14. And a pack of five clear stove knob covers so the tiny whirlwind of destruction doesn't unknowingly start a fire in the kitchen.

    Three round plastic knobs covering the handles of an oven
    Reviewer's photo of their child reaching for the stove knobs fitted with clear covers

    Promising review: "Are you tired of running to the stove every time your toddler is near it, and saying 'No, HOT' in your sleep? When toddlers can walk they are into everything, and especially curious in touching, pushing, turning, etc. When they reach those little fingers up to the stove knob, it’s not always that difficult to turn. These safety stove covers are literally lifesavers. They are so easy to open and close with one hand for an adult but not for a child. They are easily seen through while cooking and can be easily put on and removed without leaving a trace of anything or marks behind. Best child-proofing ever, and you can’t beat the price!." —SAHM Teacher

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $12.95.

    15. toilet lock guaranteed to deter kiddos from throwing all their toys in the toilet or — even worse try to climb in themselves 😨😨😨  Plus, it's easy to maneuver for grown-ups.

    A close up of a lock installed on a toilet

    Promising review: ''This lock works amazingly! I bought these to keep my 1-year-old out of a couple of toilets that's she's curious about. The locks are easy to install, and easy to use. Just take off the backing to the adhesive, position it on the toilet seat so the bar is just barely not touching the toilet and press down. Touch the button and swing away until the bar locks, open toilet seat, do your business, close seat, press button and the bar swings back by itself. Couldn't be easier." —Andrew Chaisson

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $14.99.

    16. And an anti-slip potty training seat boasting a ladder that'll make the "big potty" feel a lot less intimidating.

    The white and teal potty seat with ladder resting on a toilet

    Promising review: "Bought this for our son who we are starting to potty train. It is made of durable plastic. It is easy to assemble (there is a one page illustration on how to assemble it) and there is no need for tools to assemble this. It is foldable for easy storage. Our son loves this as it gives him a sense of independence: (1) the step ladder enables our son to climb and sit on it on his own — yay!, (2) the handles on each side provide for additional support, and (3) it doesn’t slip as it rests on our toilet. There is a removable cushioned seat included for added comfort. The height of the potty training seat can be adjusted to fit the height of the toilet. Would recommend this product." —Jhyza

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99 (available in five colors).

    17. pill organizer with locking compartments you can stash meds in to avoid the scary possibility of your little one mistaking pills for candy.

    Promising review: "I wanted something super secure, small, but still hold all my daily medications! This pill container is well made and again locks so securely! I have a 2-year-old that recently found where I stored my old pill container and fortunately did not eat any of my meds but it scared the life out of me literally. So I quickly went on Amazon and found this product and it shipped so fast and I immediately put it to use. Even though I still hide and try to keep them out of my very active 2-year-old's reach, I feel comfortable knowing that if she were to find them this time she would not get into them. I did test it before I put my pills in it and she tried so hard to get it open. She pulled, threw, bit, bent but it did not open! LOVE IT." —Nicol3_J

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99 (available in two colors).

    18. An ingenious blind cord winder to keep those long window cords safely out of reach. Added bonus: The handle makes it wayyyy easier to to raise and lower blinds.

    reviewer's photo of their cords blinds neatly tucked away in the winder
    The step-by-step instructions showing how to wind the cords

    Promising review: "I bought this product because the window blind cords at our new house are ridiculously long and unmanageable and we have a 4-year-old who loves to open the blinds. So we needed something easy to use and safe. After lots of shopping around, this was the winner based on ease of use, low visibility, and ultimately price. It does not disappoint! Not only are the blinds safer for my kid and the cords are neatly wound, but the blinds are easier to open with this sturdy cord winder (much like a nice handle). I already purchased several of these and plan to buy more." —April

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (also available in a four-pack).

    19. Or cordless window coverings so you don't have to worry about letting kids and window cords mix anymore.

    reviewer's photo of the cordless window shades rolled partially up
    reviewer's photo of the cordless blinds in a kids' room

    Promising review: "Great value shades. I bought these to have more safe blinds around my small kids, and get rid of my corded blinds. These are very good quality, and they're very easy to install and use. They are exactly the size described, and the material is a nice light filtering privacy shade. It lets diffused light in, but it's opaque, so definitely can't see through it. I plan to buy more of these." —Stephie M

    Get it from Amazon for $26.66+ (available in eight sizes).

    20. A sturdy step stool with a grippy surface and slip resistant rubber feet to give little ones a confident boost during the "I can do it by myself" phase.

    Reviewer's child standing on the stool and brushing their teeth in the sink
    Reviewer's child using the stool for extra height

    Promising review: "Must have for little one for potty training or washing their own hands at the sink. My daughter is 3 and is average height. This is just enough for her to reach the sink to wash her hands/ get to the toilet seat. It's quite sturdy and we haven't had any problems of it toppling over." —Suzi

    Get it from Amazon for $22.95.