sanus-tv-mountHaving a baby changes everything, including home décor. When your little one turns into a baby on the go, it is time to start baby proofing.

Due to increasing sizes and new ultra thin designs, today’s flat panel TVs can tip when bumped or pulled, causing them to topple off furniture, potentially causing injury or even death.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics study, more than 17,000 children – one every 30 minutes – are treated in emergency rooms across the country for TV related injuries every year.

By following tips from celebrity interior designer Genevieve Gorder, and SANUS®, the #1 best selling TV mount brand in the United States, baby proofing can be a breeze.

Genevieve Gorder’s Baby Proofing Tips:

  • TV Safety is Mounting

o Little ones love to crawl, climb and explore; mount your TV to capitalize on square footage as this will instantly add a more open look to any room and ensure safety by putting this appealing device out of little arms’ length

o Ideal for any interior design layout, SANUS® offers a complete line of TV wall mounts including full motion, tilting and fixed position

  • Reduce Clutter

o While surrounding furnishings are sure to add elegance to the space, clutter is never a good look; amend complexities so the viewer is not distracted when watching TV and your baby is not met with obstacles, etc.

o Avoid placing remote controls or other items in places where little ones might be enticed to climb up or reach for them

  • Bye, Bye Furniture

o By placing your Roku, BluRay and cable box on a shelf on the wall or behind a mounted TV you eliminate the need for furniture altogether – which means more useful square footage, and the elimination of your makeshift, indoor jungle gym

  • “Dress Up” Your AV Accessories

o Find essential accessories for your AV system and its surrounding décor, such as the SANUS® cable tunnels to hide TV and power cords, at www.SANUS.com; this way choking hazards stay concealed and everything is perfectly accessorized and styled safely

~ Disclaimer: This information was provided courtesy of SANUS. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclaimer for more information. I did not receive financial compensation for sharing this post. ~

© 2014, Dee @ Bella Savvy. All rights reserved.

Dee

45 Responses to Baby Proofing Tips for TV Safety #SANUS

  • cindy b says:

    These sound like some great tips! Sharing with my BFF who is due with twins in the spring!

  • lisa says:

    Those are some good tips. Once the little ones start scooting around, you really do have to look at things from their level and move or secure anything that could harm them.

  • Michelle F. says:

    Those are some great tips. My toddler gets into everything so I take baby proofing so serious.

  • RICHARD HICKS says:

    Very sound advice and tips for parents. Always best to prevent accidents in the first place.

  • LaVonne says:

    Great tips Dee! A friend of mine’s daughter broke her leg when the TV fell on her!

  • heather says:

    great tips! I love the mounting of the tv high up as well…they can’t pull down what they can’t reach!

  • Amanda K says:

    great tips! Thanks for sharing

  • lisa says:

    Great tips. I had to use outlet covers too. My daughter was a thumb sucker and stuck her thumb in an outlet. Luckily, she wasn’t hurt.

  • Aretta H says:

    Very helpful tips. With all of the large televisions in peoples homes nowadays it’s scary when little kids are around.

  • Kristen says:

    We definitely have to get our cords under control!

  • Jane Stanford Booer says:

    so many great tips for all parents or grandparents

  • Charlene says:

    Wonderful tips that every parent should read :)

  • polly says:

    These are great tips every parent/grandparent need to read! We have a 8 month old grandson so we need to child proof again. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sherri Lewis says:

    Those are all great tips…. so glad those days are way behind me!

  • lisa says:

    I like the idea of a wall mount for the t.v. set. Our living area is oddly shaped so floor space is limited.

  • Rita Spratlen says:

    This is a wonderful topic. My grandson scares me with the tv and they are naturally interested in this. I want one!

  • Toni Marie Caravello Feimer says:

    I have been trying to get my husband to mount the bedroom TV to the wall, my daughter is 3 and half and loves to climb. She knows she can get hurt by the tv so she avoids it and it is rather small so might not hurt really, but it still scares me. I think I am going to make him go tomorrow and get the hardware. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Jennifer Hiles says:

    I’m most worried about our tv. It’s not mounted and it’s fairly heavy. We got my little on a Power Wheels for Christmas and she was driving it in the living room (well back and forth about 5 feet) and she knocked into the tv stand. I saw it tilt a little and nearly had a heart attack. So, there went the car until Spring. I still need to get the tv mounted though.

  • Mer says:

    Some good reminders! It’s so important to securely mount televisions-it can be a hazard to curious pets as well!

  • deb healing says:

    Helping a friend get thier new home ready for a new little one…these are great

  • Christina A. says:

    Mounting your TV is a great child safety tip and not one that I’ve honestly thought that much about! Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah Oswald says:

    When my kids were little I had just about everything that you could buy for safety and I used them all. I always buy the same type of stuff for other people when they have kids but I am shocked when you visit and see that they don’t have the out let covers in or using any of the other stuff. that’s what they sell them for.

  • Sandy Cain says:

    All super-important. This should be printed out and handed to new moms when they leave the hospital with baby. The house needs to be baby-proofed before the little one can even crawl.

  • gail ward says:

    These are some great tips and should be taken
    seriously by parents.

  • Anita L says:

    These are very good tips for new parents. When your little one begins moving around, it only takes a second for an accident to happen. Being prepared in advance will help to keep them safe.

  • Patty wright says:

    Great tips

  • lisa says:

    Luckily, I don’t have to baby proof my house anymore. Those are good tips for those that do.

  • j gentry says:

    Things sure change but keeping our children safe is and always will be at the top of the list. Education like this is key. Thank you for passing along these safety tips. Some of us need refresher courses :)

  • Jennifer Hiles says:

    Reducing clutter is another one I need to work on. Too many garage sales is the problem!

  • christine jessamine says:

    these are some good tips. One thing I need to do more of is reducing clutter.

  • Lynda E says:

    When I had my baby (who is now 21!) it was a good reason to get rid of all the junk. My thanks to him!

  • Sandra VanHoey says:

    I remember when I visited my son and grandchildren and I went into the kids room to see them and as I walked in, my grandson was climbing the dresser that the tv was sitting on and I saw it tipping. Had I not been there, it could have been the end of him. The dresser and tv would have been on top of him. How scary!

  • Sandra VanHoey says:

    And I might add, my daughters friend from work lost one of her twins this way. A tv landed on him as he climbed and unfortunately, they could not save him. I was sick for days hearing it and it still makes me sick thinking of it

  • I don’t have children, but I have 3 dogs and the tips are just as useful. Thanks so much

  • Dee @ Bella Savvy says:

    That’s SO sad. I’m glad manufacturers make these now to protect our little ones.

  • stacey b says:

    TV’s falling always worry me. We do have our tv mounted on the wall and well out of the reach of little hands!

  • Michael Lambert says:

    Good tips, when we baby proofed our home, we had to get rid of a lot of stuff.

  • Lily Kwan says:

    These baby proofing tips are very helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  • Christina Strapp says:

    Thank you for the tips. We are still in the process of making sure all furniture is anchored down.

  • Sandra VanHoey says:

    Alot of very good suggestions. Good short read

  • melisa says:

    Our home used to be baby-proofed, and I used to keep that up. But now, since we don’t have regular babies coming, our home has become far from being baby-proof. We especially realized this a few weeks ago when we dogsat our daughter’s 9 month old puppy. Whew! He got into bathroom trashcans, a bag of pretzels left on a coffee table, some gum in someone’s purse….lots of work, he wasn’t hurt thank God!

  • Dee @ Bella Savvy says:

    Oh yeah, puppies are just like young children. They love exploring and getting into everything you don’t want them to. hehee!

  • Christy H says:

    These are great tips! Right now our tv is on a bookshelf that my toddler can’t reach, but I’m sure it won’t be long before he can!

  • Beanybopp says:

    Haha we made our own mount for our TV. It is in an entertainment system but it is made for an old tube TV so it had plenty of space to be moved around. My husband wanted to move it forward once we got another chair and we had to move the TV so that we could see it while sitting in it. My husband and father screwed wood in the front back and on the bottom of the TV to keep it from moving anywhere…it works but not the most attractive thing in the room lol And as I agree with baby proofing…you also have to teach your child about not touching things so I believe that you need to leave some things (nothing that will hurt them) out to teach them rules of not touching certain things.

  • polly says:

    Great tips…our grandson is 9 months old now so crawling and reaching for everything in sight…thanks for the tips!

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