Curious about how to keep baby monitor cords hidden in the nursery? Those cords can be a potential strangulation hazard, and we all know how much babies love to tug on them! With 6 reported deaths between 2004 and 2012, it’s crucial to take steps to ensure your baby’s safety. Let’s explore some ways to keep your little one protected!
After going through numerous safety standards and helping many parents babyproof their homes, I can’t stress enough the importance of keeping cords out of reach of your curious little one. It’s crucial for their safety!
Just like furniture tip-over accidents or electrical shock accidents, cords tend to catch the attention of curious toddlers who love to explore their surroundings and use their hands and feet to grab things. Research indicates that the toddler stage, characterized by intense curiosity and limited impulse control, typically lasts from around the first birthday to approximately the third birthday.
Below is a typical power cord for a baby monitor;
Since they don’t understand the meaning of danger, you need to hide things that may harm them which in this case includes cords. Cords can be found in various places in a nursery, including baby monitors, blinds, curtains, and other electronic devices but I’ll focus on baby monitor cords in this guide.
4 Safe Ways to Hide Baby Monitor Cable Cords:
Using cord covers:
One of the easiest and most effective ways to hide cords is by using cord covers or cord concealers. This method is my favorite because I can paint over some concealer brands to make them match with the rest of my house and nursery decor such as this one one called Cable Raceways.
Consider those with attach and snap design that makes their installation easy and hassle-free. Since most baby monitors have just one AC plug cord, don’t get a cord concealer that’s too wide and wil stand out too much.
To use a cord cover in the nursery:
- Measure the length of your cord
- Cut the cord cover to match the length of your cord
- Insert the cords in the opening and secure it with tape or clips if needed
- Stick or screw the cord cover to the wall
- Paint over the cord cover if desired
The key advantage with cord covers is that they are easy to unplug and reinsert in case you need to move the monitor around for better viewing.
Running cords through walls and ceilings:
If your nursery is newly built, you can opt to have an electrician run cords through walls or in some cases even ceiling. However, this method may take longer and be more expensive than others but it provides a seamless solution with no visible cords.
To run cords through walls or ceilings:
- Plan the path of your cord first to make sure it doesn’t interfere with any electrical wires
- Use a drywall saw to cut a small hole in the wall/ceiling where you want the cord to go through
- Feed the cord through the hole and secure it with clips along the way if needed
- Patch the hole with drywall patching compound and sand it down for a smooth finish
- Paint over the patched area to match the rest of your wall/ceiling
If you are not comfortable using tools, it’s best to hire a professional to do this job. This method will ensure that no cords are visible and provide a clean and organized look in the nursery.
Use this method if you are sure your landlord is Okay with modifications to the walls/ceiling. Any changes made without their consent may result in loss of security deposit or potential conflict with your landlord.
Hide behind furniture:
Another great way to hide cords is by using furniture. Place a large piece of anchored furniture such as a bookshelf, dresser or crib against the wall where the cords run. This will help conceal the cords and also add an extra layer of safety by keeping them out of reach from curious little hands.
Don’t try to hide them behind items that can be easily moved such as curtains. This not only poses a risk for the child but also creates an untidy appearance. It’s important to ensure that any furniture used as a hiding spot is properly secured to avoid any accidents.
Using furniture may not be the most aesthetically pleasing option, but it is quick, easy and cost-effective. Plus, once the baby grows up and no longer needs cords to be hidden, you can rearrange your furniture without any visible damage or changes to the walls.
Use cable sleeves:
Cable sleeves are an excellent solution for hiding cords in a neat and organized way. You can get the length you want and can decide on the most suitable color that fits your nursery. With most baby monitor cables being no more than 10 ft, you’ll need to cut your cable sleeve as most of them come in the range of 10ft to 30 ft. as you can see from the listings here.
Among the cable sleeve brands rising in popularity are these with split sleeving and are made from insulated materials and designed in a way that pets such as cats cannot chew them.
You may be wondering how these cable sleeves are unable to strangle babies. The answer is simple, the cable sleeves are not designed to tighten around cords. On the contrary, they enable you to pack all your cords neatly inside. In case of any babies’ curiosity or wandering hands that may pull the cord from one end, it’ll be difficult for the entire cord sleeve to come out ruining a perfectly organized setup.
Another perk of using cable sleeves is its low maintenance. Once installed, you can forget about it as they don’t require any additional work or upkeep. Cable sleeves are also reusable and can be used in other rooms once the baby has outgrown their need.
I really love this white AGPTEK Cable Sleeve brand made from flame-resistant and flame-retardant materials. The self-closing duct tape makes it super easy to install. Its sleek design blends in seamlessly with any room decor and keeps all cords neatly tucked away, making it a great safety feature for not only babies but also pets. Plus, the cable sleeve is expandable, so you can add more cords as needed without having to purchase a new one.
8 DIY Ideas to Hide Baby Monitor Cable Cords:
Aside from using cable sleeves, there are also other creative ways to hide and organize cable cords in your baby’s nursery and your home generally. Here are some DIY ideas you can try:
- Use a picture frame: Take a large picture frame and attach it to the wall behind your desk or TV stand. Then, run the cords behind the frame and secure them with clips or zip ties. This not only hides the cords but also adds a decorative touch to your space.
- Use binder clips: Binder clips are a great way to organize and hide cords on your desk or behind your entertainment center. Simply attach the clips to the back of your desk or furniture and run the cords through them, keeping them neatly in place. Here is my favorite cable clips brand.
- Use fabric covers: You can easily make your own fabric covers for cords by using fabric, scissors, and double-sided tape. Cut the fabric to the desired length and width, then fold it in half over the cord. Use double-sided tape to secure the edges and create a sleeve-like cover.
- Run the wire through hollow furniture legs: If you have hollow furniture legs, you can use them as a discreet way to hide cords. Simply run the cords through the legs and out of sight.
- Hide cords behind baseboards: Another clever way to hide cords is by running them behind baseboards or crown molding. This requires some DIY skills, but it creates a clean and seamless look in any room.
- Use PVC pipes: If you have a lot of cords to hide, consider using PVC pipes as a solution. Cut the pipes into different lengths and attach them to the back of your furniture or along the wall. Then, run the cords through the pipes for a neat and organized look.
- Create a DIY cable box: You can use an old shoe box or any other small box to create a DIY cable box. Cut holes in the back for cords to pass through and decorate the box to match your decor. This way, all the cords will be hidden in one place.
- Use decorative cord covers: If you don’t want to hide your cords completely, you can use decorative cord covers that come in various colors and patterns. They will add a touch of style to your space while still keeping the cords manageable.
Baby Monitor Cord Safety Tips:
In addition to hiding cords, it’s important to also consider the safety of cords when using a baby monitor. Here are some tips for ensuring your baby’s safety around cords:
- Keep cords out of reach: Ensure that all cords are kept out of your child’s reach. Remember to position baby monitors and cords at least 3 feet away from cribs. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so why not install these cord concealers right from the start? Don’t worry about your little one being too small, those tiny hands can be surprisingly dexterous. Stay vigilant!
- Secure cords: Use cable ties or cord clips to secure the cords to furniture or walls. This will prevent your child from being able to pull on the cords, which could potentially cause harm.
- Limit the use of extension cords: If possible, avoid using extension cords when setting up your baby monitor. These can easily become a tripping hazard for both you and your little one.
- Check cords regularly: Regularly check the condition of your cords and make sure they are not frayed or damaged in any way. If you notice any damage, replace the cord immediately to avoid potential hazards.
- Keep an eye on your child at all times: While baby monitors can be a useful tool for keeping an eye on your little one, it’s important to remember that they are not a substitute for adult supervision. Always keep a close eye on your child and never leave them unattended.
- Educate babysitters and family members: Make sure anyone who will be taking care of your child is aware of the safety precautions around baby monitor cords. Encourage them to follow these tips to ensure your child’s safety at all times.
- Consider cordless options: If possible, consider using a cordless baby monitor or one with a rechargeable battery. This will eliminate the need for cords altogether and reduce any potential hazards.
- Keep other electronic devices away: To prevent interference and keep your baby monitor functioning properly, it’s important to keep other electronic devices away from it. This includes cell phones, laptops, and other electronics.
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions: When setting up and using your baby monitor, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. This will ensure that it is installed and used correctly, reducing the risk of any accidents.
- Use a wall mount: Instead of placing your baby monitor on a flat surface or mounting the monitor on the crib where cords can easily be pulled, consider using a wall mount. This will keep the monitor out of reach and eliminate any potential hazards from cords.
- Keep cords out of reach: If you do need to use a corded baby monitor, be sure to keep the cords out of reach of your child. This includes making sure the cords are not within reach of the crib or any other furniture.
- Regularly check for wear and tear: Just like any other electronic device or appliance, baby monitors can experience wear and tear over time. Be sure to regularly check for any frayed cords, broken parts, or other signs of damage and replace the monitor if necessary.
- Educate older siblings: If you have older children in the house, it’s important to educate them about the safety precautions around baby monitor cords. Teach them not to play with or touch the cords and to always notify an adult if they see any damage.
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Sandra W. Bullock is a highly skilled expert in baby safety, specializing in both indoor and outdoor safety. With her previous experience in retail support, she has successfully assisted numerous parents in installing essential safety equipment such as baby gates, cabinet locks, and outlet covers. Additionally, Sandra has collaborated with various child care facilities, providing valuable safety consultations and comprehensive training to caregivers.