The arrival of a new baby means making many changes to your life and to your home. An important part of the preparation process to welcome a baby into your home and family, is to baby proof your home. This means, a growing infant in the house should be well protected from common appliances and cupboards in order to prevent possible accidents.
When To Baby Proof
Some parents start baby proofing their household as soon as they find out they are expecting a child. This is perfectly fine and keeps you ahead of the loop, ensuring you are prepared well ahead of time.
However if you are too busy with other preparations for the baby and have not had the chance to baby proof your home, don’t panic. During the first couple of months after the baby is born, the child will still be confined to its crib or bassinet. Use this time for baby proofing so by the time the baby is crawling, your work will be done.
How To Baby Proof The House
Once you have found the time to baby proof your house, it is important you get right to it so you can ensure your new born is very safe when you bring them into your home.
- Start by thinking from the perspective of a crawling baby. This means you must place yourself at the level of your baby and look at objects, appliances, cupboard doors etc from that level and see what your infant is capable of hurting themselves with. As your child grows, you will have to keep making changes to the baby proofing to keep up with your child’s height growth and reach capabilities.
- Once you have identified possible danger sports for the child, star by baby proofing the house with outlet covers. Children often love to stick their fingers into power outlets and this is very dangerous. Baby proof your home by covering these outlets properly.
- Furniture needs to be well taken care off too as toddlers use furniture as support, especially when they are trying to learn how to stand up and walk. Baby proof your furniture by ensuring it is firmly bolted to walls, and in some cases, even to the floor. This way when the child uses the furniture for support, there is no chance of the furniture toppling over.
- If your home has stairs, especially if they are within the house, you must consider installing a baby gate so your child cannot easily go down the stairs. A baby proof gate reduces the risk of your infant falling down the stairs.
- A common sense way to baby proof your house is to keep all small objects out of reach of the infant. Little children love to put objects in their mouth and by keeping these objects away from them, you are successfully baby proofing your house.
- You must also ensure you install appropriate baby proofing clasps on fridge doors and cupboard doors so the baby does not get their finger jammed on one of these.
These are just some of the ways in which you can baby proof your home. Keep thinking from your child’s level and you might spot objects that are potentially dangerous and hence that will require baby proofing too.