As soon as babies learn to crawl and open cupboard doors, child safety becomes paramount in a family household. But by making a few changes to child proof your home, you can help your child explore their environment safely.
Here are some simple home safety tips for minimising risks and accidents.
Baby proofing and child proofing your home, step by step
Every home will have a different number of risks that need to managed when being made child proof. To give you a headstart, here are some of the most common:
- Install safety latches on cupboards around the house
Whether it’s in the kitchen or bathroom, if your child can reach the handles and learn to open a cupboard door, then put a safety latch on it. Keep all medicines, beauty products, razor blades and cleaning agents, especially those that contain bleach, like Domestos, locked away and out of reach.
Safety gates are ideal for baby proofing stairs. Install a gate at the top and bottom of stairs to prevent babies from potentially falling down them. Baby guards are also useful for blocking off any danger areas like balconies, untidied rooms and radiators.
Keep furniture away from windows to prevent a child from climbing up to them when open. If you have low windows that a toddler can eventually learn how to open, install a window guard to child proof them.
- Disinfect surfaces and hoover carpets
Babies and toddlers will eat off anything — from floors to floury kitchen tops. Have a cleaning routine where you disinfect surfaces after the messiest activities like cooking or playing. While most safety measures in the house can be done once and forgotten about, tidying is an ongoing task that requires extra vigilance. Keep floors and table tops free of any object that a child can put in their mouth.
Furniture often has sharp edges that can potentially scratch or bruise a child if they bump into it. That’s why edge softeners and corner guards are a great way of introducing child safety at home.
- Secure heavy furniture to the walls
When children learn to crawl, climb and open drawers, there is a risk that heavy furniture may fall on top of them, especially if furniture is unstable or wobbly. Secure shelves, bookcases, wardrobes and chest of drawers using wall brackets.
In the eyes of children, plug sockets are the perfect playthings to stick fingers and objects into. Make sure they are covered with safety caps so that children can’t fiddle with them.
You may not be able to protect your child from every bump and lump, but you can tackle the most common safety pitfalls by following these simple home safety tips.