9 Ways to Baby Proof Your Entertainment Center
It’s inevitable: Your kiddo will try to change the channel on the remote, shove crackers into your DVD player or even climb the entertainment center.
It can be nerve wracking as a parent and a very real risk to small children.
So how do you babyproof your entertainment center?
We’ve got you covered with 9 tips and tools to safeguard your entertainment center — while keeping it functional and stylish, too.
- Anchor your TV to the TV stand or to the wall.
Hang your TV out of reach with a wall mount.
If that’s not an option, no problem.
You could pick up a pair of anti-tip TV straps for less than $10. These nylon straps can be screwed onto the back of your TV, then attached to the wall or furniture to prevent tipping.
- Clear the clutter.
Even the most boring item — an empty DVD case, a remote control, a clock — can be tempting for little hands. It might sound obvious, but just move all of the temptations out of the eye line.
Out of sight, out of mind.
- Add a cabinet safety latch or childproof lock.
If your entertainment center or TV cabinet has doors, close it when not in use. Then secure it with a childproof lock.
There are baby cabinet safety latches that can be placed inside the cabinet to keep it out of sight and safe from the reach of your child.
- Install a custom plexiglass shield in front of your shelves.
Don’t have doors on your entertainment center? No problem.
Buy a ¼-inch plexiglass from your local hardware or home improvement store. Sand down any rough edges, then attach it to the shelving with clear Velcro tape.
- Add a button shield to cover the panel on your TV.
This is sometimes called a TV guard, button blocker or button shield.
It’s a removable strip that covers the buttons or panels on your TV or home theater system. Your remote will still work.
- Use outlet covers to cover outlets and power strips.
Covering your outlets will protect children or pets from accidentally shocking themselves. It also prevents debris from getting into the outlet.
- Hide your cords with a cord concealer or a zip tie.
A cable concealer can be found at most major home stores or home improvement stores.
Alternately, a zip tie can help you pull together cables and tuck them away behind the entertainment center.
- Cover sharp corners with a simple corner protector.
Try searching corner protector, edge protector or corner guards.
These can be easily stuck to any corners around the house that your child might bump into — including your desk, a coffee table or a countertop.
Just make sure the adhesive won’t damage the finish.
- Use a child safety gate.
It’s common for parents to add a simple home gate -- baby gate or pet gate -- as an extra barrier.
Need a new entertainment center that has plenty of doors, so you can lock the TV away and have peace of mind?