Creating a child-proof kitchen
Kitchens are dangerous for people of all ages, but especially so when you haven’t yet learned that hot things hurt. Here are a few baby safety tips for when you’re cooking or eating.
- Avoid handling anything hot, whether that’s a pan or your cup of coffee, while you’re holding your child.
- Keep plates, cutlery and cups well away from the edge of a surface.
- Keep your knives, pans and cleaning solutions in locked cupboards or baby-proof drawers that cannot be opened by little hands
- Secure your oven door with a door guard.
- Turn pan handles towards the back of the stove.
- If you can, put a safety gate at the door to prevent a curious kid sneaking in to the kitchen while your back is turned!
From lighting to phones and games consoles, the average home has more electronics in it than ever before. With those come some very specific risks to babies and young children. Here’s what to keep in mind in your quest to make your home child-proof:
- Invest in plug socket cover or block access to sockets with heavy furniture.
- Turn all electricals off at the mains when they’re not in use.
- Hide cords and cables and store phone chargers in a drawer when not in use.
- Keep smaller appliances like toasters, hairdryers, and electric razors unplugged and out of reach.
- Stabilise any wobbly floor lamps.
What about the rest of the house? Well, if you have stairs, make sure you put safety gates on your ‘preparing for baby’ checklist. If you have wide banisters, consider blocking those with plastic fencing until your kids are less likely to tumble through the gaps.
Where possible, put corner guards on the edges of low furniture and fireplaces and add colourful stickers to any sheet glass doors or room separators so your little one can clearly see there’s something there.
Finally, keep your children's teddies and soft toys hygienic through coughs and colds without damaging them: