If your little one is already up and about, baby proofing your home is vital to ensure their safety. You’d be surprised at just how fast they can suddenly crawl from A to B – so keep your child safe by following our baby proofing checklist. From preventing burns to avoiding falls.
- Keep hot food and drinks away for the edge of tables and counters as far out of their reach as possible.
- Make sure when cooking, to turn pan handles towards the back of counter. Little hands can soon be tempted if they think they can reach something.
- You can also fit an oven door guard to ensure they don’t burn themselves.
- Keep hairdryers and straighteners out of reach and always remember to put them away once you’re done.
- Invest in some good radiator guards or covers for radiators that are easy to touch.
In the bathroom
- Only ever fill the bath tub with just enough water to cover your little ones legs
- Always use warm water, but not hot. It can take a second to scold yourself in hot water so we’d recommend testing the water. As a guide, if you have a thermometer, it should be no hotter than 37 degrees.
- Make sure, to never leave your baby unattended in the bath.
- Put down a non-slip bath mat into the tub to ensure they’re serucre and avoid slips!
- Invest in some bath tap covers, little ones will touch whatever they can reach – so make sure they don’t burn themselves on a hot tap.
- Lastly, keep chemicals and shampoos out of reach.
- Never leave your child alone on beds, sofas or other high furniture where they could fall.
- Use safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs to ensure they don’t take a tumble.
- If your banister has wide gaps, fit netting or other material in between.
- Be careful when carrying your baby down the stairs – you can minimize accidents by keeping the stairs clutter free!
- Use window guards – even if your little one can’t reach the handle – you can’t be too safe.
Stopping cuts and scrapes
- Your furniture can be hard and usually have sharp or pointed corners. Pop corner protectors on to the edges to prevent bumps and scrapes.
- Keep electrical cables, such as those attached to lamps, tucked away and out of reach.
- Fitting child locks onto cupboards and drawers is also a must – once they start exploring they’ll be no stopping them.
- Use doorstops to keep your child’s fingers from getting trapped – especially if you have fire doors which can be heavy!
- Secure any items of furniture which could topple, such a bookcases to the wall.
- Remove hanging toys from the cot when your little one can kneel or stand.
- Avoid using fluffy bedding and don’t let your child sleep on pillows
- Always put your little one down to sleep on their back.
- Ensure that you don’t leave toys in your cot and when you’re not in the room it’s best to keep the crib locked.
Whilst there is no such thing as a completely baby proof home, taking the above precautions will go a long way to giving your peace of mind. It’s worthwhile teaching your child about danger early on – using words such as “ouch” or “hot” to alert them to risks.