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ba·​by·​proof ˈbā-bē-ˌprüf How to pronounce babyproof (audio)
babyproofed; babyproofing

transitive verb

: to make (something) safe for infants and young children by eliminating or minimizing potential hazards
When our oldest child learned to walk we finally had to babyproof the house.Jeff Foxworthy


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: made safe for infants and young children by the elimination or reduction of potential hazards
Ben and Jessa's house was not yet babyproof, which meant either they had to fix that before 5 p.m. that day when the other kids showed up, or they would risk those kids getting into lots of things they shouldn't.Elizabeth Durand Streisand
especially : designed to prevent opening or access by infants and young children
Keep garbage in containers with babyproof lids. Kim Zarzour

Examples of babyproof in a Sentence

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Asked whether the agency would now babyproof the fence, Mayhair referred the question to the White House. Omari Daniels, Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1921, in the meaning defined above


1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of babyproof was in 1881

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“Babyproof.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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