How To Childproof Your Home
As cute and cuddly as new babies can be, they tend to grow up pretty fast. That means they’ll eventually go from crawling around the crib to exploring your entire home. If you want to keep your baby safe from accidents then you’ll want to make sure your home is childproof so that you can go about your day or evening without worrying about your baby getting into something.
Childproofing your home comes at various stages as your child gets older. For instance, babies spend most of their time crawling and finding things to grab onto that will assist them in standing up. When babies start learning to walk, this puts them at a slightly higher eye level with things in your home than a baby that is crawling. That usually means he/she will be able to climb up and onto or into things. Depending on what stage of life your baby is in, you’ll want to childproof accordingly. If you need some help, get down on your baby’s level and see what he/she sees. This will help you see things from the baby’s point of view and allow you to secure things in your home that you otherwise might miss.
Be mindful of what is on the floor of your home and how it may harm your baby or child. For example, loose rugs can be picked up and chewed on and goodness knows what kind of dirt, bacteria, and other type of filth is being transferred from your rug to your baby’s mouth. Cleaning products and other items that contain toxic chemicals should never be left on the floor or within a baby or child’s reach. Secure all such products and anything with sharp edges away in cupboards or drawers with childproof locks.
It goes without saying that all electrical plugs should be covered and cupboards secured with child latches. Also be aware of cords that your baby can grab hold of and pull on, which may result in having a heavy item, such as a lamp or appliance, fall down onto your baby. Cover all sharp-edged furniture with corner bumpers to prevent cuts and scrapes. Homes with lots of plants should also be placed in areas out of your child’s reach. If ingested, certain plants can be toxic to your child. When it comes to furniture, take note of the pieces that are heavy and sturdy enough to stay in place when your baby or child pulls themselves up. If the furniture is light, it could cause an accident and should be put in another room. Keep your fireplace closed and secured anytime your baby is in the room and put away fireplace cleaning tools, which can be easily knocked over by a child.
Organization is also key to keeping your baby safe in your home. Avoid clutter in your home, especially if the baby can access it. Chances are whatever the pile of clutter is made up of, it can be harmful to your baby. Make sure that whenever your baby is wandering around the home, they have plenty of open and unobstructed space to explore.