Tips for childproofing your home

On average, your baby will start crawling at around eight months, but it shouldn’t be a surprise if they start earlier. Crawling is a huge milestone, and like most parents, you are excited that your baby is finally mobile. Movement, however, comes with its set of challenges, especially when you combine it with your little one’s curiosity.  This checklist will give you a solid start on how you can make your home safe for your little munchkin. 

  1.     Have safe spaces 

Create a safe space where your child can play freely, then use doorknobs to keep them out of rooms with items that could hurt them. The kitchen is usually the first culprit. With so many sharp things and breakable items, it’s always safer to keep your little one away. If your kitchen doesn’t have a doorknob, consider installing baby gates around the entryway to keep your tot away. Sitting areas will also have exciting items that will catch your child’s attention. That beautiful photo frame on top of a desk and that vase full of fresh flowers are some of the things parents miss. Keep your little one away when you are not around to supervise them or remove any breakables and things that could fall on and hurt them. 

  1.     Keep bathrooms safe  

Install safety latches on your bathroom cabinets and drawers to keep your little one from reaching poisonous products. Also, store all machines and washing products in their original containers and away from your little one’s reach. Toilet locks will keep your child from accessing the toilet bowl while anti-scalding devices will keep them safe from showerheads and faucets. When using a bathtub, fill it to cover your kid’s legs. 

  1.     Safety around the house 

If you have stairs, safety gates should keep your baby out of harm until they learn how to navigate the steps. Corners and edge bumpers are great for furniture and other dangerous places like your fireplace. You should also put your furniture a few meters from high windows, so your child doesn’t climb onto window sills. Secure bookcase, shelves, and heavy furniture to the wall to keep them from tripping over. Also, store heavy items on bottom shelves and drawers. 

  1.     Make the bedrooms safe 

When your child starts sitting up, it’s time to lower the crib mattress. Stuffed animals are great companions, but they can also be a suffocation risk, so be careful with them. They are also perfect for a child who wants to escape the crib. Make sure the bedroom window has a guard and can only open to around 3 inches. If you are using blinds, make sure they are cordless, so your child doesn’t get caught in a loop. 

Your home should be a haven where you and your family enjoy time together. When childproofing, make sure you strike a balance between keeping your home safe and maintaining the haven you love to come back to from a busy day at work. With a little creativity, you can have it both ways.

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