Child Safety, Courtesy of Lowe’s

In a matter of days, Baby Bird went from inching along like the tortoise to hauling tail like the hare, so Mr. T and I had to scramble to baby-proof the house.

Needless to say (but I’ll say it anyway), scrambling to make a space safe is a surefire way to end up with a space that isn’t.

We put up baby gates, added outlet covers, hid electrical cords, and installed safety locks.

We padded the fireplace hearth and moved furniture around to give Baby Bird more space to practice her new skill.

I thought we were cruising when it was time to cover our home’s many, many, many edges. We had a kit. This kit:

Package of edge guard

Open it, stick it on, baby’s safe, right?

Wrong. So, so wrong.

This stuff didn’t stick. It just sucked. (Maybe we got a kit with old tape?) We applied it according to the instructions, but this is what we woke up to the next morning:

Foam edge protection

Foam edge protection

W.T.F.

I didn’t even hear it peel off and, as you know, I keep an ear tuned into my daughter’s room all night.

Baby Bird is moving too much to leave the edges uncovered for long, so I had to think fast, and I had to think outside the box.

Mickey Mouse light-bulb moment

Lowe’s. The answer was at Lowe’s.

(Stick with me. I swear it’ll all make sense soon.)

Foam pipe insulation

Ugly but incredibly effective

Instead of wasting money on another kit, I went to my favorite home-improvement store and picked up … foam pipe insulation.

This stuff, though ugly, has more cushion (it’s an inch thick) and better adhesive than the stuff in the kit — and it’s half the cost!

I was able to cover the edges of her crib, dresser, and bookcase, plus the living room entertainment center for $11. Yep, you read that right — $11.

We always keep a close eye on Baby Bird, but moreso now that she’s on the move. It helps ensure she doesn’t crack her head on anything or gnaw on the insulation. The plan for this weekend is to cover the foam with two layers of fabric (attached using duct tape), which should provide protection from ingestion.

Baby safe, budget saved, and I got to take a trip to Lowe’s.

All in all, I’d say it was a good day.

Baby-proofing Hack Revealed
Baby-proofing Hack Revealed


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