Once your little human starts crawling (and walking), it’s hard to tell what they’ll get into. Which is why it is essential to baby-proof your home. When we refer to baby-proofing the home, we’re talking about ensuring that all items baby can open, pull on, and play with are safe and secure. And accident-proof. Here are some easy ways in which you can ensure your kid’s safety inside the home:
Tips to help you baby-proof your home
Start with the kitchen
Whether you’re cooking or cleaning, chances are, you’ll often be distracted while you’re busy in the kitchen. Which is why you need to ensure that your little one won’t get into any trouble if you have to take your eyes off them for a moment or two.
Make sure you move all cleaning supplies and detergents out of baby’s reach. You can use bottom cabinets for storing items that are safe if baby finds, such as plastic containers and pots and pans. The same rule applies to drawers – all safety hazards (such as sharp knives) – should be moved out of baby’s reach.
Some basic baby-proofing items to stock up on for your kitchen are:
- Latches for all the cabinets and drawers
- Covers for the stove knobs
- Nonskid pads and rugs to prevent slips and falls
Move on to the living room
One of the biggest safety concerns in the living room is your furniture, which is the cause of a lot of falls and collisions. To help prevent any injuries, you’re going to want to ensure you’re adding cushioned guards to the edgings of coffee tables and any other surfaces with sharp corners.
To help prevent those nasty falls when baby starts pulling him or herself up against furniture, make sure you’ve mounted all loose pieces of furniture such as bookshelves. The TV should also be secured to the wall or the entertainment centre.
Tackle the nursery
Make sure baby’s crib is safe and secure. You’re going to want to ensure that the crib’s bars are no more than 3 centimetres apart. You might also want to get rid of excess bedding and keep in mind that until the baby reaches the age of 6 months, no bedding is concerned the safest bedding.
To help cushion any falls, fit the nursery with a thick carpet or rug. Just as you’d use in the kitchen, use finger-pinch guards for hinges on doors and latches for all the cabinets and drawers you don’t want a baby opening.