Baby proofing your home

When it comes to baby proofing your home, one of the most important things to remember is to keep laundry and cleaning products locked away and out of reach of children.

Updated 19 August 2019

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Key Steps

  • Make sure that you go from room to room and make a list of possible hazards.
  • Cordon off a baby-safe area using a playpen for times you may need to leave the room.
  • Always keep chemicals like bleach and Domestos locked up and out of reach.

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 before they come into the world. Often, baby-proofing your home only takes a few simple steps, and here you will find all the information you need to do so.

When it comes to baby proofing your home, one of the most important things to remember is to keep laundry and cleaning products locked away and out of reach of children.

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 in a safe manner, and baby-proofing will allow them to do so, and will also give you some peace of mind while they’re at it.

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.

Living Room

  • 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.

Kitchen

  • 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.

Stairs

  • 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, as the market is saturated with gadgets and gizmos to help you do it. Here are five top tips to creating baby-safe homes.

  1. Use safety gates to prevent access to potential hazards such as the stairs and kitchen cupboards.
  2. Use specially designed latches to keep cupboards from opening.
  3. Purchase a fire guard to keep you baby away from the fireplace, if you have one.
  4. Invest in a playpen, which will provide a safe area for your little one to play, should you need to leave the room.
  5. Place anything breakable or valuable out of reach.
Originally published 5 August 2019