Babyproofing/Childproofing Your Home
When your child starts crawling then it is time to start baby proofing your home. Your child is extremely inquisitive and your house is filled with safety hazards. Babyproofing, also known as Childproofing, involves making the environment safe for your children. Childproofing your home will greatly reduce the risk of injury or accidents for your baby. The modern parent has more access to more information than ever and they are using this information to make their home baby proof.
Why Babyproofing Your Home Is Necessary?
Babyproofing is necessary to keep your baby safe. Once they start crawling you will have to take several measures to ensure they do not have accidents at home. Many seemingly harmless household items can be a genuine hazard for your baby. This guide will show you how to keep your baby safe.
How to baby proof your home?
Baby Proofing Checklist – 32 Ways To Protect Your Baby
Children are fascinated with electrical sockets. The second that they start crawling they go for the power outlets. To prevent this from happening you need to buy outlet covers or block all unused sockets with unmovable furniture. Another safety hazard for children is any electrical household items. Thes include irons, dryers, toasters etc. Thes appliances can be dangerous on two fronts, electrocution and strangulation from the chords. Keep them out of site or safely stowed away.
Anything containing a hazardous warning sign on the package should be kept out of reach of children. Put all cleaning agents, toiletries, laundry detergent and all potentially dangerous items under lock and key.
Most prescription drugs are extremely dangerous for your child. Ensure your medicine cabinet is not accessible and kept under lock and key. This also applies to children as they get older. Painkillers and anti-depressants are highly addictive and are a high risk to your child.
Many plants are poisonous and this is often overlooked by parents. If your child eats a poisonous plant or eats dirt that is full of fertilizer then they can become very sick. Here is a list of poisonous plants that you should avoid. The dirt from potted plants can also contain rocks or stones that are choking hazards for your child.
If you live in a one-story home and every room in your house is 100% childproof then you may not need safety gates. If you have stairs then you will need to get safety gates. Safety gates will keep your child from falling or entering a potentially dangerous room unaccompanied.
Presses, cupboards and drawers are potentially dangerous for your child. They can contain glass or other dangerous items that can seriously injure your baby. Press locks are a simple way to keep your baby from getting hurt by one of these items.
8.Beds or Sofas
Never leave your baby unattended on a bed or a sofa, especially if it is very high. A fall from just a couple of feet can cause your child serious injury.
Never leave your child unattended in a high chair without a safety strap. They can quickly climb out and seriously injure themselves.
10.Burns and Scolding
Scolding your child is a fear for all parents. To prevent this, keep all hot drinks and food away from the edges of tables stoves. Cook on the back burners of your stove with the handles facing inwards to prevent your child from reaching the pan. It is also important to make sure that your oven door has a lock.
11.Anchor Down Heavy Furniture
One of the most dangerous hazards for a child at home is heavy furniture. Make sure that all heavy furniture is anchored to the ground or to the wall to prevent your child being crushed if it falls.
12.Safety Near Water
Never leave your baby unattended near water, not even for a moment. This includes pools, paddling pools, buckets, toilets and baths. If you do have a pool then make sure that it has a safe pool cover and a fence around it.
13.Gates and Fences Outside
If you have a garden then erect gates and fences around any hazardous areas for your baby.
14.Easily Breakable Items
Any items that are easily broken should be stored away from your baby. This will prevent the threat of serious injury.
Corner covers are essential for childproofing your home. The edges of tables and other furniture can be very sharp and should be covered by corner covers.
16.Turn Water Temperature to 120° F [49° C]
Each year many children are injured by scolding water accidents. To prevent such injuries set your water thermometer to 120° F [49° C].
Phone chargers can be dangerous for your child for two reasons. Firstly electrocution and secondly strangulation. Always keep phone chargers out of reach of children. Children chew on phone chargers which can cause irepairable damage to the charger
A choking hazard as anything that can be swallowed by your child, blocking their airway. Choking hazards come in all shapes and sizes and can be fatal for your child. Choking hazards do not just come in the form of a household item but food can also be a risk.
Here is a list of potential choking hazards for your child:
- Big pieces of vegetables
- Chewing Gum
- Grapes and other small fruits
- Any toys that say for over 2 years
- Small Keys
- Small Stones
- Hard foods
- Hot Dogs
19.Chords or String
Chords or string that are longer than 6 inches long can potentially strangle your child. Make sure that all chords and string are stored in a safe place to avoid injury
20.Put Cushions or Pads Under Areas Where They May Fall
Firstly your baby starts to crawl, then they start walking, followed by climbing. This can happen anytime between the first and second year. When they start climbing then they will soon climb out of their bed or cot. To avoid injury put down mats or pads where they may fall down.
21.Use Anti-Slip Mats Under Rugs
When babies start to walk they will fall a lot. This is part of life. Falling due to being off balance is okay but falling due to tripping up can be dangerous. To avoid the slipping or tripping then place an antislip mat underneath the rug.
22.Get an Anti-slip Bath Mat
Bath time is one of the most fun and dangerous things that you can do with your child. You should never leave your child alone in the bathroom. There is a risk of drowning but also the risk of slipping. To avoid slipping buy an anti-slip bath mat for the bath.
23.Keep the Oven, Dishwasher and Dryer Locked
Keep the oven, dishwasher and dryer locked so your child does not climb in and injure themselves.
24.Remove Things That They Can Climb On
Any small stools, poofs or step ladders are dangerous for your children. To avoid any injury remove them from your home. If you cannot remove them then make sure that they are out of reach.
25.Keep All Bins Closed
A lot of waste can be potentially dangerous for your child. Make sure that all bins are closed.
26.Remove All Suffocation Items
Plastic bags, sheets, and balloons are all suffocation hazards for your child. If you have any plastic items make sure that they are safely stowed away.
27.Keep All Lights and Lamps Out of Reach
Lights and lamps are dangerous for many reasons. The blubs can cause nasty burns and the lamps can be pulled down causing injuries. To avoid injury make sure that all lights and lamps are properly secured and out of reach of children.
28.Use Door Locks
Get door locks for the rooms you do not want children to enter. Rooms that can be very dangerous are the bathroom and laundry room. Keep these locked at all times and do not leave children unsupervised in any room that has a lot of water or electrical hazards.
29.Install Window Locks
Windows are a big hazard in any home especially ones above the first floor. To keep your child safe install window guards and locks to stop them falling out.
30.Remove Items From Cribs That Could Be Used For Climbing
When your baby starts to climb they will use everything in the vicinity to stand on. Make sure that in their crib are no items for them to climb on. Pillows or larger toys can be used to climb on an escape from the crib.
31.Cover The Fireplace
The fireplace represents one of the biggest risks in your home. Install a proper guard on the fireplace to reduce the risk of burns.
32.Cover Glass Doors With Frosting
Any low-level glass windows or glass doors should have a frosting on them. Frosting makes it easier for your child to see the glass and avoid them walking into it.
Here are the best childproof items for your home.
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- Door Stops
- Door locks
- Window Locks
- Balcony Rails
- Safety Netting
- Smoke detectors
- Outlet/socket covers
- Corner covers
- Edge covers
- TV Safety Straps
- Carbon monoxide detectors
- Safety gates
- Fire Guard
Amazon sells packs for babyproofing your home. These contain most of the items that you need. Every home is different and has different risks for your child. Babyproofing your home is not a one size fits all job. Check the hazards from the list above. If your home has any then fit it our accordingly. If you liked this article and want to learn more tips about keeping your child safe then sign up for my email below.