Your newborn will soon become a curious baby on the go. As they grow so does their curiosity to explore the world around them and one of the best ways to explore it is through their sense of touch and taste. To cope with your baby’s sense of adventure you have to ensure your home is secure enough for your precious one to discover without getting hurt. There are a number of ways you can baby proof your home making it a safe place for tiny hands to explore.
- As soon as your baby starts crawling place safety gates at the areas you want to cordon off for your baby especially the top and bottom of stairs to prevent falls.
- If your electrical sockets do not have a built in safety shutter system, purchase plastic socket covers. Putting their fingers in socket holes is a favourite of young ones, hence securing electrical sockets is something you will have to watch out for a couple of years.
- Tuck away, tape down or tie up electrical cords in the way.
- In the kitchen keep your appliances well beyond their reach. While cooking try to keep your baby away from the kitchen and if this is not possible use the back stove and the handles turned in a backward direction to avoid accidents.
- Keep harsh chemicals, washing materials and other such abrasives in a locked cabinet or in a high place.
- Put away your appliances such as hair dryers, razors etc in their place after using them before your baby can catch hold of them and harm himself.
- Remove potted plants from the floor since your baby could accidentally eat the soil and the plant which might even be poisonous.
- Watch out for sharp edges of your furniture putting corner protectors where required.
- If you have table glasses make sure the glass is fixed securely to the table and will not come off if your baby puts weight on it to help him/her stand.
- Place TV and other such appliances in a secure place and anchor them well to prevent them from falling.
- Open fireplaces are a huge safety hazard and should be secured with glass doors which can be locked, a fireguard or even a baby safety gate. This depends on how much you intend to use the fireplace.
- Dangling cords are also a safety hazard which could cause choking and strangulation.
- Don’t set the hot water temperature too high as this could scald your baby.
- Keep your bathrooms doors shut and to be on the safe side do not leave any water no matter how little in the bathtub, sink and even a bucket as toddlers can drown in very little water.
With these few tips you can make your home secure for your little explorer. Though it is impossible to keep an eye on your children without a break, it is important to be vigilant and keep checking on them despite baby proofing your home.