There are plenty of potential hazards that could harm your baby around your humble abode, so making sure it is a safe environment for your little one is one of the most important things for them to explore and grow safely.
We have come up with the perfect guide to baby proofing a house, as well as found the perfect baby proofing products for you to look at!
Baby Proofing a House
📺 The Living Room
Having a carbon monoxide detector on every level of the house, won't only keep your baby safe, but everyone else living in the house as well. Especially if you have oil or gas appliances or an attached garage.
Accidents do happen, so having a first aid kit nearby stocked up with all the essentials will definitely help put your mind at ease.
Adding non-slip mats under any rugs on hard floors will be a lifesaver! Especially if you are walking with baby in your arms.
Anchor your TV to a wall, and hide any electrical cords that might be visible for your little one to try and investigate.
If you have an open fire, I highly suggest baby proofing your fireplace with a screen to keep their little hands away!
Low coffee tables are the perfect height for a newly walking little one to walk into and bump their head. Using corner protectors will prevent them from getting a nasty bump and save you from a lot of tears.
🍽 The Kitchen
The kitchen holds a lot of hazards so its better to be prepared. Toddlers and babies love exploring and getting their nose into everything, and so we are here to help prevent that!
Always cook on the back burner of the hob to ensure they can't reach a boiling pan of hot water, or wok that's sizzling your stir fry. You can also get oven locks to prevent them opening your oven!
Move any harmful cleaning products such as bleach to a secure cupboard, and add child safety cupboard locks to ensure they can't open them and find anything they are not supposed to.
Keep all glassware and dishes in a top shelving unit and out of reach.
🧸 The Nursery
When your baby starts to sleep in their nursery, its essential to make sure that it is baby proof. Especially as they get older and start to spend more time there alone.
Check that all the crib slates are no more than two and 3/8 inches apart. This ensures that your baby won't get any limbs or much worse their tiny little head stuck between the slates.
Secure all dressers and bookshelves to the wall as babies love to climb on anything they can and you don't want them to topple over!
Install safety guards on all windows in the nursery.
A baby's crib should always be kept free of soft objects, toys, pillows, loose bedding, and crib bumpers. This is to help prevent potential suffocation.
Always position the crib as far away from windows, heaters, lamps, and wall decorations.
When they start opening doors, it might be an idea to get a door stop to prevent them from trapping their fingers!
🛁 The Bathroom
The bathroom is somewhere you may not have thought to baby proof. However, it's said that children can drown in just 2 inches of water, so it's best to be safe and on the ball.
The most convenient way to secure your bathroom is to install a small lock, out of your baby's reach on the outside of the door to the bathroom. This could be a simple chain lock that can be attached to the door and the door frame.
Children find water so fascinating and with this comes with a great opportunity to see what the toilet is all about! How about getting a toilet seat lock? They are easy to install and remove if need be, but they are a great way to keep your baby safe not just from potential drowning but trapping their fingers too.
A slip-proof mat in the bath is so important to stop potential falls as your little one tries to find their balance as they get older.
Remove all hazardous products from cabinets that may be accessible from small children, it may not seem harmful to you but it could be to your baby. Again, it might be an idea to get child cupboard locks if you want to keep them out the cupboards.
When placing your baby in the bath, you may realise that the tap it the perfect height to result in a bumped head. Purchasing a spout cover can prevent this from happening.
Benefits Of Child Safety Locks
Here at BABYGO® we want every child to be as safe as possible, that is why we have child safety locks to help prevent accidents and to make sure your baby can grow in a safe but fun environment at the same time.
Are locks not enough? Get the complete baby proofing kit to ensure optimal safety for those tiny explorers!
Safety tips you need to know:
- Baby gating the house, is an easier and sufficient way to protect your baby from getting into things or exploring places they are not supposed to yet. Having a baby gate at the bottom of the stairs will prevent them from falling climbing, and potentially falling down and injuring themselves.
- Having an emergency number saved in your phone, so it is ready at hand.
- Placing their highchair in the middle of the room can help by always having a constant watchful eye on them. It can also keep them out of reach of anything grabbable.
- A big tip is to finish all painting and wallpapering in the nursery at least 8 weeks before your baby is due, to avoid any harmful fumes that may affect your baby.
- Always check the water temperature before placing your baby in the bath or shower. A safe temperature for young children is between 37 and 38 degrees celsius. Any hotter and it could cause scalds in seconds.
Your child's safety is always going to be an important factor in your life, even when they turn the ripe age of adulthood.
But until then, we hope these tips can ensure your little one can have a safe and happy upbringing in your home!