How Much Does It Cost to Install Childproofing Devices?

Typical Range:

$190 - $630

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Updated October 25, 2021

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Expect to pay around $404 on average to childproof your entire home. The cost of childproofing installation will range anywhere from $190 and $630, depending on what devices you want installed, whether you do it yourself, and how large your house is.

Certain areas of the home also require extra work to childproof them, the two biggest hazards being the swimming pool and bathroom. These two areas tend to pose the largest risk to a child’s safety.

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National Average $404
Typical Range $190 - $630
Low End - High End $75 - $1,000

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 271 HomeAdvisor members.

Childproofing Device Prices

Childproofing devices can range anywhere from a simple outlet plug to as large as a swimming pool fence. Common prices for specific childproofing devices include:

  • Safety locks: $2 per lock

  • Safety latch: $2.50 per latch

  • Child safety gate: $70 per gate

  • Corner bumpers: $20 per bumper

  • Anti-scald valve: $200 per valve

  • Outlet plug covers: $5 per pack (will range anywhere from 24 to 36 covers per pack)

  • Door knob covers: $2 per cover

  • Door pinch guards: $2 per guard

  • Door lock: $8 per lock

  • Toilet lock: $15 per lock

  • Swimming pool fence: $20 per square foot

  • Anti-tip furniture anchor: $6 per anchor

Childproof Devices Installation Cost

For the items you can’t install yourself, you’ll want to hire a handyperson to tackle the job. Handyperson pricing can range anywhere from $65 for a simple job to as much as $1,200 to tackle a major childproofing job.

A plumber should install certain items—such as the anti-scald valve— which would cost around $325 on average.

Childproof Device Installation Cost by Type

Each room of the house needs special considerations. If you keep all of your cleaning supplies under a specific part of your sink in the bathroom, then that’s the one that needs the childproof locks. But you might also only need one outlet plug in a bedroom because everything else is already generally safe.

Childproof Device Installation Cost for the Bedroom

For the bedroom, you’re going to need a variety of different devices. These devices include outlet plugs, furniture anchors, and door locks. The total cost to childproof a bedroom will be around $150 to $250 on average.

Childproof Device Installation Cost for the Kitchen

The kitchen has a lot more places a little one can get into. You’re going to need cabinet locks, latches, outlet plugs, child gates, and likely corner guards. The total cost to install childproof devices in the kitchen will be around $200 to $300 on average.

Childproof Device Installation Cost for the Bathroom

The bathroom is another major area that often needs quite a few devices to get it up to par. You’ll need a toilet handle lock, childproofing locks, doorknob covers, cabinet locks, and possible corner guards. The overall cost of setting up childproofing devices in the bathroom is around $150 on average.

Childproof Device Installation for the Swimming Pool

The swimming pool has the highest costs; the fencing alone typically costs $20 per square foot. You may also want to buy a child gate for the sliding glass door and even a pool tarp. To fully childproof a swimming pool, you’re looking at spending around $6,500.

Childproof Device Installation Cost for Stairs

Stairs are one of the easiest areas to childproof. It often only needs a child gate and a possible corner guard. But child gates are one of the higher-priced devices, so you’re still looking at spending around $100 on average.

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Childproof Device Installation Cost by Square Footage

The larger the house, the more devices you’ll need. But this also comes down to individual floor plans. For example, you might have a large living room and only two beds and two baths, which might require less childproofing compared to a home with four beds and three baths. Expect to pay around $1 per square foot of the home to fully cover all basics, such as child gates, child locks, and outlet covers.

Cost to Install Childproof Devices Yourself

Most of the childproofing devices out there are easy to DIY, with a few exceptions like the swimming pool and anti-scald valves. By handling the installation of items like cabinet locks, doorknob covers, corner bumpers, and furniture anchors, you save roughly $75 for every project you complete yourself.

DIY vs. Hire a Pro to Install Childproof Devices

Because, as a parent, you know your little one better than anyone else, you’ll know how large of a project you’re facing. For simple childproofing installations, handle as many as you can yourself in the areas that need the most work.

For large projects such as a swimming pool fence, anti-scald valve, or any item you feel is out of your comfort zone, hire the respective professional to handle the job.

FAQs About Childproof Devices

How do you know where to childproof?

Consider the items you run into frequently for corner guards. If you know there’s a coffee table that’s best friends with your shin, those are the ones that need the guards. Outlet plugs should go in every unused outlet; you can easily install and uninstall them.

If the child is never in a certain part of the home, for instance, the primary bathroom or a closet, you can skip these areas.

When do you start babyproofing?

Babyproofing and childproofing come in phases. When you first bring a new one home, they’re not going to be getting in a lot of trouble. It’s not until they hit the crawling stage that the mayhem starts to begin.

Focus on the little items such as baby gates if there are animals in the home, outlets, and getting the cabinets and door locks in place about three months before the due date. It builds a new lifestyle habit and gets you used to it before you ever need to worry about the children getting into these areas.

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