Join the J.C. Hart Team! Click here to see our current job openings.
A J.C. Hart Apartment Community in Indianapolis, IN

How To Childproof Your Apartment In Indianapolis

June 29, 2022
Blue decor with wooden flooring in a spacious living room located at Echo Park Bloomington apartments.

Maybe you have kids of your own or one on the way. You may also enjoy hosting friends or family members with small children. Whatever the case may be, if you expect to have infants or tots in your Indianapolis apartment, you’ll want to do a bit of childproofing to ensure everyone’s safety. Here are some suggestions to childproof your apartment in Indianapolis.

Childproof Your Apartment In Indianapolis By Putting Potential Dangers Into Inaccessible Areas

Colorful bedroom located at Lakeside apartments 

Small children are curious and want to touch all types of things. The first step to childproofing an apartment in Indianapolis is to position unsafe, important, or fragile items out of reach. Stroll through your apartment looking for objects a toddler shouldn’t play with and find a new home for them all. You are looking for
  • Anything sharp.
  • Any hazardous materials.
  • Strings and cords from window blinds that pose a strangulation danger.
  • Fragile knick-knacks.
  • Vital credentials or paperwork.
  • Vases and other filled containers.
  • Objects that could be deemed good to eat but are not, like pills or pet food and water.
  • Heavy items a toddler could bring down on top of himself.
  • Pens and pencils.

Use Locks To Prevent Tots From Opening Cabinets

Close up of a white cabinet with a baby-proof lock system. 

Even in sizeable apartments, you’ll have trouble finding enough elevated shelving to store everything. You can protect kids and your possessions by putting them in secured cabinets. You’ll find various types of locking devices in stores or online. Some interlock with cabinet knobs, while others make cabinets impossible to unfasten for young children with still developing fine motor skills. And if the tot in your life often goes for the fridge or toilet, invest in locks for those as well.

Incorporate Baby Gates To Stop Little Friends From Roaming

Baby throws a yellow ball through the baby gate on the floor. 

The second they gain mobility, babies attempt to roam around. To keep them within sight and clear of hazardous spaces like the bathroom or kitchen, use a pack ‘n’ play or indoor gates to enclose them. A small playard will be big enough for little one and lots of playthings to keep them entertained as you’re making dinner or attempting to get some work done. Folding playpens stow away easily when not in use.

If you have inquisitive toddlers, baby gates will keep them to a defined location. Various baby gates are secured by a pressure-mounted system so there’s no need to drill holes in the walls. When you do need to employ your drill for a baby gate, plan to fix the holes prior to leaving the apartment.

Keep Kids Inside With Childproof Door Locks

Kids sprout up in a hurry, and in less time than you can believe, they’re at a height where they can grasp the doorknob and escape. To stop little runaways, consistently keep your door’s chain locked if you have children around. If you don’t have a door chain lock or you regularly neglect to use it, try a doorknob cover that makes it challenging for small hands to hold and turn the knob. If you have sliding glass doors, try a sliding door flip lock. These bond to the non-movable section of the door and prevent kids from moving the door open once you engage the lock.

Minimize The Risk Of Accidents With A Balcony Protector

Balcony with a railing at Waverly Apartments

If you allow kids to play on your balcony, a balcony guard is mandatory. These resemble nets and fasten to your balcony with zip ties to prevent any items from slipping through railing bars. You might even consider a a non-transparent option that does double duty in bringing you privacy during times when you don’t have children at your apartment.

Create A Home For Your Friends And Family At The Edge Apartment Living

Residents and their visitors of all ages enjoy living and socializing at The Edge. To see what makes our beautiful apartments and community features so sought-after, arrange a tour or call 463-345-4399 to speak with one of our leasing specialists.