As much time as we spend ensuring that the nursery is the perfect place for our child, it feels like they grow beyond its boundaries a lot sooner than we might expect, or like. As they start to ramble around on their own, the innocuous parts of home life soon start jumping out at us like the clear threats that they are. Stop panicking, give yourself peace of mind and, most importantly, protect your baby by childproofing the home in advance.
The living room
It’s a shared room, so it’s one of the places you’re most likely to have them running around first. The first threat to prepare against is the pocket sockets in the home. Uncovered sockets are a clear danger, and children grow to be able to easily pull out any plugs, so look at the power strip covers available at places like safety1st.com. Make sure that candles and photo frames are out of reach and the fireplace is covered, too. If any of your furniture has hard, sharp edges, such as a coffee table, then consider either moving it out of their access or covering with edge guards.
Firstly, a child should never be in a kitchen without supervision, so look at munchkin.com for the security gates that can easily make sure they don’t meander in there accidentally. However, if you’re cooking or cleaning in there, it’s not uncommon your child might be with you. Make sure all lower cabinets, dishwashers, and washing machines are locked. Your appliances will come with their own locking mechanism, but for storage, you can fit magnetic locks or buy ties that stop your child from accessing them. Household chemicals such as detergent prove the greatest risk and it’s not enough to simply move them out of reach. They have to be kept locked away.
If your child has access to the bathroom, the same goes for the body products such as shampoo and medication. Lock them away rather than keeping them up high. Ensure you make a habit of closing the toilet and install a latch to make sure your child can’t easily fit inside it, a common risk at their edge. Look at things like faucet covers from bestproducts.com to stop them from getting any nasty bumps from those, too.
Again, they’re likely not going to be outside without your supervision, but even then, it’s crucial to make sure the garden is an explorative, fun environment. With tools from places like planopower.com, make sure your grass, hedges, and trees are kept neat so you can easily spot tripping hazards, and keep the garden free of pests and debris. Fence in all or part of the garden, if you’re worried about your child wandering away to unsafe areas. Take the time to identify all the plants and make sure you remove the toxic ones. The garden is one of the most overlooked areas when it comes to childproofing, usually, but it’s also very commonly used as a play area, so it’s important to give it the attention it deserves, too.
There’s no better safety advice than to make sure your child is under supervision when possible. However, every parent takes their eyes off their baby for at least a little time throughout the day. Childproofing will make sure their risks of harming themselves when that happens is much, much lower.
* This is a collaborative post.