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Babyproof Your Apartment: A Landlord's Guide

Families with children make up 33% of renters, according to a Harvard study. Find out how to attract this large market share by babyproofing your apartment.


Apr 18, 2021 by Liz Brumer

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Install or have a baby gate available for one if not two rooms, and if there is a stairway, have one at the top and bottom of the stairs. Use a pressure-mounted gate so it doesn't damage your walls. Cabinet locks on lower cabinet doors will keep any chemicals away from little hands while also helping to maintain quiet for parents and neighbors when the kid can't get to the pots and pans.
Ensure window treatments do not have dangling cords. There are cord wraps that can easily be installed to keep them out of a child's reach that are cheap and easy to install. A window guard may seem like overkill, but an open window can be a huge safety and liability concern. Either have a childproof lock or install a secondary guard.
An exposed outlet seems to be a magnet for little hands. An outlet cover on a low electrical outlet or filling electrical sockets with cheap baby electrical outlet plugs is a simple fix that can be removed at their discretion. Securing the bathroom with a toilet lock is a popular safety item that parents of a young child will appreciate. It can also save you the trouble of plumbing issues if kids decide to drop toys or other items into the toilet.

Chart by author. Data source: Conversations with parents.

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