The majority of parents will agree that once your baby is on the move, the home you once easily relaxed in suddenly becomes a danger zone, full of potential hazards for your little one!
Thankfully, there are lots of ways you can make your home safer, giving you less to worry about and more time to enjoy being home with your child.
So how do you go about baby-proofing your home? We’ve got you covered!
Although young children still need constant supervision, implementing the below should hopefully reduce the number of panic-induced moments a parent might encounter on a day-to-day basis.
Let’s get started!
Sharp edges and table corners
The edges and corners on low-level furniture – such as those on coffee tables and bed frames – are a real problem for tottering toddlers. Applying cushioned corner guards and softening protector strips will make these much more baby-friendly.
Plugs and electric wires
It’s perfectly natural for babies to explore their new surroundings. However, plug sockets and tiny fingers don’t make a good combination.
Keep your little one safe by investing in plastic plug covers – these should be inserted into unused plug points to stop your baby poking around.
Cables and wires can easily be tripped over, grabbed or chewed. Help keep wires well away from wherever your baby is playing or sleeping and unplug and store electrical goods safely in a cupboard when not in use.
Baby gates for safe stairs and access
Kids love to climb! Unfortunately, the stairs are no exception.
Until your kids are old enough to safely climb up and down the stairs, it’s recommended you fit a baby gate at the top and bottom of any staircase for maximum safety and to help reduce the risk of an accident.
Baby gates are also ideal for placing in the doorways of rooms you might not want a child to have easy access to – such as kitchens and bathrooms.
Fires and fireplaces
Putting protection in front of open fires, log burners and electric/gas fires is a must when young children are around. Invest in a suitable fireplace safety gate – one that can be secured onto the wall to keep your baby a safe distance away.
You may also want to consider fitting additional smoke alarms and keep a small fire extinguisher at home just in case!
Cupboards and drawers
Medicines and cleaning products should be kept up high, well out of a child’s reach.
For cabinets and drawers lower down, child safety locks can be fitted to stop babies and toddlers from accessing to contents of your cupboards.
Ensure that wall-cupboards are fixed firmly in place and that free-standing storage furniture such as sideboards and dressers are stable and secured to the wall to stop them from being tipped over if a child tries to climb up.
Bathrooms and bath-time
Take the guesswork out of bath time. Ensure your baby’s bath water is at the right temperature by using a bath thermometer. They are easy to use, inexpensive and can easily be purchased online.
As with furniture, cover sharp corners and edges on radiators, baths and taps with cushioning guards and use non-slip mats on potentially wet flooring to prevent slipping accidents.
Remember that a baby should never be left alone at bath-time as even an inch of water could be dangerous for a young child.
… and relax!
Once you’ve baby-proofed your home, you should hopefully be able to relax that little bit more, knowing it’s as safe as possible for your youngster to be in.