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Baby proofing 101: how to prepare your home for a newborn

Discover how to start safety proofing your home for baby’s arrival, including baby proofing tips on furniture, fixtures and hazardous items.

The day you bring your newborn home is a wonderful milestone, but you might feel concerned about whether your home is safe enough for a baby. Follow this baby proofing checklist to put a few essential safety features in place and you’ll be able to relax knowing that your little one is safe. Discover how to baby proof your home by learning some of the most common danger points and learning how you can remove risks from your home.

Baby proofing your house’s poisonous and hazardous products

 It’s never too early to start safety proofing your home for baby’s arrival. They’ll be crawling before you know it, and you’ll be glad you thought about baby proofing your home before you get anywhere near that exciting, perilous stage. One of the most important baby proofing steps to take is to secure any potential poisons or hazards:

  • Cleaning supplies: keep any dangerous chemicals in locked cupboards out of reach of kids
  • Medicines: keep these in cabinets high up and add childproof locks to doors
  • Sharp objects: tools, knives and even certain items of stationery should be placed in drawers and cabinets that little ones can’t reach or access

Baby proofing fixtures and furniture

It’s surprising how many potential dangers there are in the home for youngsters. Fortunately, there are lots of baby proofing products you can buy to make your furniture and fixtures safer. Here are some things to look out for:

  • Sharp corners: add padding and bumpers to any sharp corners, including tables and TV stands
  • Windows: install window guards or stops, and keep the keys out of reach
  • Blind cords: use safety tassels and cord stops, and keep cords up high out of reach – be particularly vigilant if the cot is near the window

Baby proofing your home’s detection systems

There are certain safety features that all homes should have, and these become all the more essential when there’s a baby in the house:

  • Smoke detector: make sure it’s working with regular tests and battery checks
  • Carbon monoxide detector: if you use gas, oil heat or have a garage attached to your house, install one of these too
  • Burglar alarm: you might also choose to add this protection

Baby proofing your house through cleaning

Newborns can pick up illness and infections much easier than adults, as their immune systems are still developing. That means it’s more important than ever to keep your home hygienic with anti-bacterial sprays like Cif and bleach like Domex, and your clothes clean with a laundry detergent like Breeze Stain Action. When using a product for the first time, test it on a small area first and always follow the instructions on the packaging. 

Baby proofing your home for crawling

It’s worth thinking ahead and baby proofing your home for when your little one gets mobile.

  • Add stair gates: install these at the top and bottom of stairs, and also across any openings that don’t have doors, particularly to rooms with hazards like the kitchen
  • Remove trip hazards: things like rugs can trip up little ones when they’re learning to move around, so either remove them or fasten them securely
  • Apply hinge protectors: add these to anything with a hinge, like doors and ironing boards, to prevent little fingers from getting trapped or pinched
  • Insert socket protectors: add these into electric sockets so that your child won’t be able to insert their fingers or pieces of metal
  • Anchor your furniture: apply straps to any large, heavy pieces of furniture like wardrobes and chests of drawers and attach them to the wall to stop them from being pulled over

Put these baby proofing steps in place and you’ll have one less thing to do in the run up to your little one’s arrival.

Top Tip

Make sure to always do any cleaning in a well-ventilated area, not mixing chemicals together and storing them out of reach of your little ones.

Key Steps:

  • Before baby’s arrival, investigate each room of your house for potential baby hazards.
  • Make a list of all the areas and items that require baby proofing.
  • Ensure you go through your checklist and fix all the potential issues using tips and tricks outlined above.