Babies are a wonderful and exciting addition to your family, and baby safe homes are just one thing in a long list of considerations you have to make. Often, baby-proofing your home only takes a few simple steps, and here you will find all the information you need to do so.
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Baby-safe homes: the importance of baby-proofing
In the early days, babies don’t do much other than sleep, cry, eat and repeat but before long they’ll be on the move. As soon as they begin to roll, crawl, stand and finally walk, there are all these ‘fun’ things around your home that your little one will want to explore. Although it’s important to allow them to discover and learn, you need them to do so safely.
Room by room baby-proofing
When it comes to baby-proofing your home, the best idea is to go room by room and make a list of any potential hazards your baby may face. This will be individual to every home as we all have different shaped houses and different items in them, but here are a few ideas to get you started:
- A baby-proof fireplace will prevent them trying to eat the fuel, or touch the flames when it is lit.
- Babies love lights and buttons, so baby-proofing your TV and any set top boxes is a must.
- Make sure heavy objects are out of reach so they don't topple onto inquisitive little ones.
- The kitchen is full of hazards from washing chemicals to cupboards full of breakable items, so make sure you keep these locked away and out of reach.
- Whether they are trying to get up or down, stairs are dangerous for babies. The last thing you want is for your little one to fall down them; even if they are only a couple of steps up, so make sure you install a gate to avoid any domestic accidents.
All over the house
- Baby-proof corners of furniture such as sharp edges on tables, especially as these will be at eye level when your baby begins to stand.
- Baby-proof doors, as it can be easy for them to be pushed and trap little fingers.
How to baby-proof your home
There are many ways you can baby-proof your home with gadgets and gizmos to help you do it. Here are five top tips to creating baby-safe homes:
- Use safety gates to prevent access to potential hazards such as the stairs and kitchen cupboards.
- Use specially designed latches to keep cupboards from opening.
- Purchase a fire guard to keep you baby away from the fireplace, if you have one.
- Invest in a playpen, which will provide a safe area for your little one to play, should you need to leave the room.
- Place anything breakable or valuable out of reach.