Let's face it, kids can be crazy! One minute they're jumping on the sofa and the next they're swinging on the doors. Whether you have have one, two or ten little terrors, baby proofing your house will make your home a fun and safe environment!
The 5 W's
I'll start by breaking it down and answering all the burning questions you may have when it comes to all things baby proof!
It may be an obvious one but all the benefits of a baby proof house are not only for your baby, but any baby that is entering your home. Have you ever been scared when a friend brings their little one round, and all you can think about is them bumping their head on the coffee table?
We'll talk about what sort of things you can use to make your home a safe place throughout the blog, but as a start, getting a good baby proofing kit can do wonders! Maybe you've found John Lewis baby locks, or some random ones from Argos, either way, I am here to guide you through the ins and outs of all things baby proof!
Ideally, you want to look at baby proofing every room in your humble abode for ultimate safety! I know, this probably feels quite overwhelming however we are here to make things easier for you.
I mean this one is pretty clear. Every parent wants their child to be safe, and of all places, you want them to be safe in their own home. It is a quick and easy thing to do and is so beneficial in the long run.
What are you waiting for? Whether you're waiting for baby to arrive, or have a little one already, the sooner the better! Be prepared!
Baby Proofing Checklist
Before we go through each room, it's good to have a general checklist of things to look out for around the house that may be a hazard. Some things may scream 'BABY PROOF ME!', but others may not be so obvious.
Plug sockets and electrical cables - cover plug sockets and power outlets properly to avoid little fingers poking metal prongs. Tie or cover up electrical cables to keep them from chewing wires or potential strangulation.
Windows - remove furniture from under the window so they can't climb up and potentially fall out. Use window restrictors to stop your windows from opening all the way out.
Doors - use door stops to prevent them from trapping tiny little hands and feet in the door. Also use baby gates to box off any doorways that are a complete no go.
Floors - make sure it is a safe environment for baby to crawl and walk about by ensuring there are no small objects on the floor for them to put in their mouths. Secure or remove any rugs to keep not only them from slipping or tripping up, but you too if you are carrying them.
Stairs - again, use a baby gate to keep them from going up and down the stairs on their own account and avoid baby from falling. Check the gaps between your bannisters are no more than 6.5cm apart to stop them trying to squeeze through.
Indoor plants - move any indoor plants to stop baby from pulling them over onto themselves. Also double check that real plants aren't poisonous and remove them if so.
Plastic bags - ensure there are no plastic bags lying around and place them out of reach.
How to Baby Proof a House
The Living Room
As well as some of the hazards we have already spoken about, electrical cables, plug sockets, rugs, there are many more places around the living room that you will need to think about regarding your adventurous little one.
Firstly, there's the TV. A television can be an intriguing thing, particularly when it's on. Whether they're trying to reach out and touch Peppa Pig, or they just want to get a closer look at this big, strange, scary contraption, anchoring it to the wall will ensure that it won't topple over.
Then there's the furniture. Perhaps you have a coffee table, or a stand that your lamp goes on? Regardless of what it is they are all the perfect height for a bumped head. Applying corner protectors to your furniture will prevent them from getting a nasty bump and save you from a lot of tears.
If you have a fire, you will definitely need to consider having a baby proof fireplace. Fires are dangerous, but also look fascinating, so there's no doubt they may want to investigate them further. Get a safety screen to avoid injury, and stop baby from getting too close.
Are you that person that loves home decor? Me too! But if you love it, that probably means your child will too. Vases, frames, mirrors, you name it, they will want to investigate. Make sure they are all out of reach to stop them from pulling anything down and escape 7 years bad luck!
Probably one of the more obvious hazardous rooms...the kitchen! There are plenty of ways for baby proofing your kitchen, and I'm here to help you understand how.
Again, they're are plenty of electrical appliances around the kitchen so I would definitely say to unplug them when you're not using them. This will help prevent your little one from turning them on accidentally.
Remove sharp objects such as knives, scissors and forks from anywhere they could get to, and place them out of reach with cupboard or drawer locks on to keep them out!
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 an oven lock to prevent them opening your oven.
We've all got one - a cupboard under the sink that contains cleaning products. If you don't, I highly recommend moving all harmful products to one cupboard that is out of reach, or that has children’s cupboard locks on them. This will stop your child getting hold of something that is out of bounds! Experts advise using baby safety locks with a magnetic key to open them.
If you're worried about losing the magnet, purchase a spare magnetic door lock key to ensure you can get in and out your cupboards and drawers without hassle!
Let me ask you something, where are your plates, dishes and glassware? If they are too high to reach for a little toddler, that doesn't mean to say they can't climb up and explore. Baby cupboard locks and straps can restrain them from grabbing anything that can be easily broken or smashed.
You may think your baby won't spend a lot of time in the bathroom, but that doesn't mean there aren't places in there that need baby proofing.
Water is exciting, and the bathroom is full of it. Whether it's putting a tap guard on the bath tap to prevent a bumped head, or a toilet seat lock on the loo to stop fingers getting trapped, you should make playtime with water, somewhere that isn't the bathroom.
Speaking of water, it splashes easily. Get non-slip bath mats to stop slips and falls when your little one is on their feet and learning how to get their balance.
I don't know about you, but I loved making potions as a kid with all the bathroom products. To avoid finding a crazy concoction in your sink, remove all hazardous products from cabinets that may be accessible to children. Again, it might be an idea to get child cupboard locks to be certain they don't find something they shouldn't.
To stop them from getting in the bathroom altogether, install a small lock or chain on the door of your bathroom out of reach, and get into the habit of keeping it locked.
A bit more about cupboard locks...
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Make sure that those tiny explorers are as safe as possible with the complete baby proofing kit! Including magnetic cupboard locks, safety straps, door stops, an oven lock and more!
Let us know your baby proofing tips!