Childproofing your home is one of the life-saving tasks you can do once your baby starts to crawl. Electrical outlets, for starters, are a magnet for curious toddlers.
One mom in our Smart Parenting Village Facebook group shared a solution how to cover the outlets without spending a single centavo: use the plastic flap or cover from the packaging of your baby wipes!
The hack came from mom Britanny Kurtz of Louisiana, U.S.A. Her Facebook post showed she removed the cover of the baby wipes case (after she has used up the pack, of course). Then, she used it to cover electrical outlets. Viola! Out of sight, out of mind.
"Remove the adhesive top from the baby wipes package, then place over outlets. I certainly still will keep my baby safe outlet covers in, but this is just another precaution for on top," Brittany wrote in the caption.
Some members of our Smart Parenting Village praised how convenient the hack was and loved the idea of not spending for outlet plugs and covers. "Nakatipid na bawas basura pa," said one mom.
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Other Village moms found the idea cute but not practical. "Babies know how to open and close wipes covers as early as six months," one mom wrote, adding it was one of the things her baby learned to open. "Baby wipes aren't childproof," another mom chimed in.
A mom who tried the hack shared it didn't work for her baby. "Lalong pinag-laruan. Natuwa i-open at i-close."
Outlet covers are readily available at Ace Hardware and Daiso stores, for starters. There are lots also on Shoppee and Lazada.
Toddlers will pretty much tinker with anything and everything they can get their hands on. Covering electrical outlets is a way to keep them safe, but they still need your close supervision. You still need to always be just an arm's length of your child.
If you need to leave your tot on his own for a short period of time, while you, say, check on your stove or go on a quick trip to the bathroom, make sure you leave your little one in a safe enclosed space like a playpen. That way, you don't have to worry what your toddler can get hold of or when your toddler goes roaming. And remember, you can't trust your 2-year-old yet to stay put when you tell him to do so, and it's one of the reasons why toddler-proofing the house is ideal.