Babyproofing is an exercise many families go through – whether they’re expecting their own child or someone in the family is about to have a new baby that will be coming around. In a world full of distractions and safety hazards, it’s natural to want to make sure your home is a safe haven for a new baby or toddler. Luckily, the process can be stress-free and easy with a few easy tweaks.
You want to make sure your home is ready for all stages of baby – from infancy to crawling, to walking and climbing. Putting a few safety additions in place in your home at the early stages means that you can have peace of mind as the baby grows.
Let’s go through a few main rooms of the house and walk through how to baby proof each.
1. Socket covers on all electricals
2. Ensure there is no cleaning products or potentially harmful products within reach of baby
3. Baby gates on any stair cases, or if you want to ensure you can always keep an eye on your moving tot, use them to close off the room
4. Fragile items out of reach – bye bye trendy breakable décor, you can save that for the high school years!
5. Cover any harsh corners on furniture to prevent bumps
6. Consider door bumpers or door stops to prevent “fun” door slamming and a potential injuries
7. Ensure that baby or toddler can’t get into the garage or outside solo
8. Make sure any blinds or drapes are secure
1. Start by making sure all medication and cleaning supplies are up and far away from any little hands. If you go through the organizing stage before the baby comes, it will be a lot less stressful than doing it later.
2. Make sure your tub is ready for a baby, by covering all spouts and knobs that might hurt a squirming baby.
3. Get a ring or other baby safe tub if you have a really deep tub or are worried about having enough hands to do a wash solo.
4. Definitely have nonslip mats to prevent slipping
5. Have all bath supplies within easy reach so you never have to go too far to get what you need during bath time.
· Tuck away any fragile items – such as vases, picture frames, or anything grab-able and breakable
· Consider getting a carpet if you have hardwood, as this will be more gentle for playtime and less slippery during crawling or beginner walkers
· Tuck away all electric chords, specifically if you have a TV that’s on a TV stand or has chords visible – babies might use these as grips to get up!
· Make sure any heavy items are fully secured and that nothing can tip over
· If you have a fireplace, make sure it’s properly covered and the on/off switch is way out of reach
· Have cupboard locks to prevent baby from getting into any products or food, or to save those dishes from getting tossed all over. Who doesn’t love playing musical instruments with a few pots and pans?!
· When cooking, always make sure handles are turned in and don’t cook while holding your baby
· Check all fire alarms, gas valves, and carbon monoxide detectors
It’s important to remember that babies love to explore and will grab anything and everything. Not only that, but they are FAST and once they start to walk, they start to run! You want to do everything you can to prevent potential injury in the home, and you definitely want to make sure that there’s nothing the little one might get into that could harm them.
Having a new baby or toddler at the home is exciting, so if you do the prep ahead of time, you can enjoy them worry-free at your home.