21 Jun Keeping Your Baby Safe: A Guide to Childproofing
It’s exciting to watch your baby become a toddler, as they start crawling and then eventually hoist themselves up and take their first uncertain steps. It also brings with it new dangers though. As your child can now reach new heights, venture into uncharted territories and turn handles, the risks increase.
Childproofing your house is essential for your baby’s safety and is best done before birth when you have the time and mindset! A common tip is to get down on your knees, the height that your baby will be at, and crawl around. Feel your way around and spot anything in eye-reach that may be a danger to your little one. Here, I’ll set out the most common hazards your house brings and the easiest ways to childproof them!
- Corners and edges: Sharp table edges are an obvious hazard to toddlers when they are often tripping over their feet and falling over. Bumpers are available in most baby stores that can be used to cushion anything with sharp edges – tables, chairs, desks, windowsills, shelves. This will soften the impact if your little one falls onto it.
- Windows: Windows may seem to be out of reach to a toddler but they need only crawl onto a couch or bed to grasp the handle. Metal window guards can be installed to prevent anything unimaginable. These guards typically screw into the sides of window frames and have bars that are five inches apart. Another danger windows pose is blinds. Cords are a common strangulation hazard and must be shortened or tied up out of reach of your child.
- Hazardous substances: It may have been okay when your baby wasn’t moving around to keep your cleaning supplies, razors, or medicine in a cabinet high up. However, now that your toddler is standing and climbing, it’s best to be extra careful and keep these dangerous items in a locked cabinet.
- Stairs: Stairs are a huge danger to crawling or walking children. As they haven’t learned how to properly walk up and down them they’re scarily likely to take a tumble. Sturdy safety gates at both the top and bottom of the stairs.
- Toilets: Toilets can be easily guarded with a plastic safety latch, preventing your child from sticking their hands in unsanitary water and avoiding any accidents.
- Electrical appliances: It’s essential to cover any electrical outlets as these small holes are in easy reach of children and tempting to stick fingers into. Keep all of your electrical appliances – toasters, straighteners, hairdryers, etc. – out of reach when on tables or, even better, in another locked cabinet! Guard against burns by using knob covers on the stove and keep a careful eye on your children when they’re crawling around the kitchen.