4 Tips for Babyproofing Your Home
One of the best moments of parenthood is when kids begin to crawl and explore the world around them, especially if you’ve worked hard to provide a home that’s spacious, well-equipped and beautiful to live in. To parents, it can be wonderful and almost amusing to watch their kids discover their home. However, along with all this wonder, there can be a sense of danger lurking not far behind. Kids tend to get hurt easily, particularly around corners and edges, or if they’re crawling on a slippery floor. To prevent this, it’s absolutely essential that you babyproof your home before your baby begins to move around. Here are four tips that can help you do this – as always, consult a professional if you’d like to talk about custom options to keep your family safe.
Put barriers up around unsafe areasSome parts of your house just aren’t going to be baby-compatible, and while baby is crawling, it’s time to shut these places away. Staircases, for instance, aren’t safe places to leave your little one crawling around. Buy a barrier with a lock that it’s hard for little hands to undo. This way, even if your little one is curious about exploring what’s beyond the barricade, they’ll soon find their enthusiasm fading because of the barrier, and they’ll turn their attention to safer pursuits. Flexible barriers are available, that can be installed to cover spaces that aren’t a normal width, such as open walls between parts of an open-plan house.
Double-check your furnitureWhen babies start to move around, they might use the furniture around them to steady their body. They may even attempt to stand up using the chairs or tables in your home. If your furniture is lightweight, there’s a higher risk that a chair or a table may topple over when your baby is holding on to it. Fortunately, there are many ways to work around this - put away any lightweight furniture that you don’t use any more, and consider using furniture straps and brackets to secure tables, bookshelves, and chairs to the wall or the floor.
Keep an eye out for choking hazardsAnything that’s small enough and within the reach of your toddler could qualify as a choking hazard, but that doesn’t need to give you a headache. Take a look around the home, and find storage spaces where you can keep the small stuff so that it’s accessible to you, but impossible for baby to get at. Put them on shelves that are higher up, or lock them away in cabinets or drawers.
Small toys can also be quite dangerous, and if you’re getting some playthings for your little one, always make sure that they are safety-rated and appropriate for your children’s ages.