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Protective Measures For Power Cord Extensions When You Have A Baby In The House

by Sofia Bradley

New parents go through a series of stages when preparing for the arrival of their first child. One of these stages is "baby-proofing." Absolutely everything that you think your six- to twelve-month old baby is going to touch is baby-proofed before baby even arrives (which is kind of funny, because your baby will not even roll over until four months of age).

Still, one of those things you will eventually need to baby-proof are your power cord extensions. Power cords for every purpose and to reach every outlet are necessary in the kitchen and living room. Here are some of the best protective measures money can buy.

The Rubber Cord Hider

Babies are easy to fool because they have not reached that stage where objects are permanent even when out of sight. That means that these rubber cord hiders are your best bet for hiding extension cords along the floor. They are relatively flat, except for the "tunnel" in the middle where your extension cord runs. Tuck the cord into the "tunnel" and then flop the flat ends down on the floor surface. If you have a hard floor, you can even use a little carpet tape to secure the hider to the floor so that a curious baby does not try to pick it up.

The Power Surger Cage

This baby-proofing accessory often comes in a square box or round cylinder. The top half comes off, and the surge protector with all of the outlets in it goes inside the bottom half of the cage. The plugs to your devices are threaded through the top half of the cage before both halves are snapped back together. Even if your baby manages to pull a plug from the outlet in this type of extension cord, he/she cannot pull it from the cage or touch an outlet.

Running Cords up the Wall

While this is not the most stunning option visually, it is the most effective. Your baby cannot pull at cords at the source in the wall, nor can he/she tug on cords on the floor because they are on the wall. Additionally, babies do not typically learn to walk until they are almost a year (or more) old. This means that the cords running up the wall and along the ceiling or upper doorways are unavailable to baby's reach. Better yet, super-tired new parents are not likely to trip over cords in the dead of night trying to feed baby or change diapers.

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