At about eight months, babies start crawling, and in a few months, some start getting into things. It’s unmanageable when they start pulling up chairs, tables, and any other objects near their reach. In a blink of an eye, a crawling baby will be moving from one place to the other. The time you spend making a cup of tea is enough for a baby to crawl nearly a quarter of a mile.
Childproofing your home is essential for the safety of your baby. Start practicing baby proofing even before your little one arrives. It will be hard to stand guard over him or her at every single moment; you need to get rid of any dangers that may befall them anywhere in your home.
These baby proofing safety tips are guaranteed to keep your child safe and secure.
Childproof the Bathroom
The bathroom is one of the riskiest places a baby can visit in your house. But, you can childproof it by ensuring that you protect all electrical outlets near the sink by a ground-fault circuit interrupter. These handy devices sense a change in current to stop the flow of electricity.
On top of that, make sure that things such as tubs and faucets out of your baby’s reach. The long and short of it is that you may have to remodel your bathroom if that is what it takes to guarantee your child’s safety.
Most of the furniture tends to have very sharp edges. These areas around your coffee tables can easily injure your child if at any point he or she falls on them. Padded corners will give your child some protection against injuries.
The tables should always be safe no matter who is around. There is a possibility that you have stubbed your foot or knee before on these areas. When it comes to the kid, she is more exposed to such dangers than an adult. Baby-proof these rounded edge as much as possible, so you can block these areas in a way the kid cannot access the corners.
Your child should not wander in every place. A baby gate will keep your kid secure in an arranged location. It’s beneficial when you want to do something in the kitchen, but you want your kid to stay in one place before you come back. Some of the most critical areas to gate off include:
- At the decks
- Laundry room
All the above areas should remain closed when the child is in the living room. Also, use locks on sliding closet doors while baby-proofing to prevent your baby from pinching fingers or slamming the doors, causing glass breakage.
Electricity and Outlets
Electrical outlets are very dangerous to your baby. While the child crawls, you need to make sure that the plugs are nowhere near their hands. Also, some electrical products may be fragile and delicate; the child can easily break them within no time causing a significant loss to your home.
Electrical sockets can also be dangerous more so if fitted at low levels where a kid can try fixing their fingers. Safety measure requires considerable improvement to ensure the house is extremely safe for your kid.
Cupboard Door Locks
Baby proofing your doors with a latching mechanism prevents your child from pulling out cleaning chemicals or other items. You have to understand that the cupboard doesn’t lock the door completely.
A latching mechanism keeps the children out because when the door opens slightly, you can be in a position to push and rock the door by releasing the system to gain access to the interior of the cupboard. This is an important measure that you should always make sure is in place for baby proofing your home.
Move Breakable Items
One of the basics of baby-proofing is always to maintain a clean and neat environment with children around. Keep away breakable items so the small ones cannot swallow them. Putting away such things from the kids reach is critical. It is a trivial task, but it helps in baby proofing your home with the new child.
In conclusion, if you have other kids, make sure their toys are kept well far from the baby to prevent choking hazards. Invest in locked storage for small pieces. Your baby is a treasure, and you have to offer your best in bringing them up.