Baby Proofing Your Home
15th Nov, 2016
If your little one is already up and about, baby proofing your home is vital to ensure their safety. You’d be surprised how fast they can crawl from A to B, so keep your child safe by following our baby proofing checklist. From preventing burns to avoiding falls, there’s plenty you can do to ensure your home is child proof.
- Don’t carry hot drinks and your baby at the same time.
- Keep hot food and drinks away from the edge of tables and counters, out of their reach.
- Turn pan handles towards the back of the counter, so they’re not tempted to grab them.
- Keep hair dryers and straighteners out of reach and put them away once you’re done.
- Invest in some radiator guards or covers for radiators that are easy to touch.
- You can also fit an oven door guard to ensure they do not burn themselves.
Bathing your baby
- Fill the bath just enough to cover your little one’s legs.
- Always use warm, but not hot water – test the temperature with your elbow or use a thermometer to ensure the water is no hotter than 37 degrees.
- Be sure to put cold water in the bath first, so it is never scalding hot.
- Never leave your baby unattended in the bath, even for just a moment.
- Put a non-slip bath mat into the tub to ensure they’re secure.
- Invest in some bath tap covers to ensure your little one doesn’t touch a hot tap.
- Never leave your child alone on beds, sofas or any other high surface where they could fall off.
- Use safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs to ensure they do not take a tumble down them.
- If your banister has wide gaps, fit netting or other material in between.
- Be careful when carrying your baby down the stairs and ensure there’s no clutter on them.
- Use window guards to ensure they cannot reach the handle.
Stopping cuts and scrapes
- Pop corner protectors on sharp edges to prevent them hurting themselves.
- Keep electrical cables, such as those attached to lamps, tucked away to avoid being pulled.
- Ensure sharp objects, like scissors, are kept well out of reach.
- Fit child locks to cupboards and drawers containing items that could be dangerous.
- Use doorstops to keep your child’s fingers from getting trapped.
- Secure items that could topple, such as bookcases, to the wall.
- Remove hanging toys from the cot when your little one can kneel or stand.
- Avoid using fluffy bedding and don’t let your baby sleep on pillows.
- Always put your baby to sleep on their back.
- Don’t leave toys in the cot when your baby is sleeping.
- Ensure the crib is locked when you’re not in the room.
- While there is no such thing as a completely baby proof home, taking the above precautions will go a long way to giving you peace of mind. It’s also worthwhile teaching your child about danger as early as possible by using words like “hot” and “ouch” to alert them to risks.