From around eight months old, of not earlier, your baby will start to crawl around, and your home will become a wonderful place to explore and learn. Unfortunately, it can also become a series of accidents waiting to happen, unless you take steps to baby-proof your home. Many of these are changes of habit, from putting dangerous items out of reach to checking your smoke alarm batteries more regularly, but you can also make alterations.
Most people think of stair gates when you mention baby-proofing. Your baby’s bound to be curious about the stairs, and a gate at the top and bottom will prevent access when you’re not around.
Safety gates can also keep your baby out of potentially dangerous rooms, like the kitchen, unless you’re there to supervise. Also consider having guards on the windows.
The kitchen is perhaps the most fascinating and most dangerous room in the house for a baby, and you won’t be able to watch him or her all the time, especially if you’re working in there.
Besides keeping dangerous items out of the way, it’s as well to fit safety catches on the cupboards — though leave one accessible and full of safe items, to keep your baby busy. Also make sure you have covers on the cooker knobs, and consider having a lock on your bin.
Your baby’s going to collide with furniture every so often, so it’s important to fit soft plastic covers to any sharp corners. Make sure heavy furniture, such as a bookcase, is securely fixed to the wall and that the television can’t be pulled down.
Electrical sockets should be safe, but you should never underestimate a curious baby’s ingenuity, so it’s as well to fit protectors. Similarly, any hinge that could squash your baby’s fingers, e.g. on a door, an ironing board or a deckchair, should be fitted with hinge protectors. Loose rugs can be a hazard, but they’re a lot safer if you fix non-slip underlay to them.
Don’t forget the garden, either, if your baby’s likely to play out there in the summer. Even if you’re supervising closely, every hazard needs to be baby-proofed, especially if you have any kind of water feature.
Getting It Done
Most of these jobs are easy enough to do yourself, but you’ll have more peace of mind if you know they’ve been done by a professional. An experienced handyman will have baby-proofed many homes and may spot a danger you’ve missed.
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