Parents do everything they can to keep their little ones safe and out of harm’s way, but sometimes things happen even when you’re being extra careful. Baby-proofing your home may sound intimidating, but these simple tips will save you and your toddler a lot of pain and anguish in the long run. Let’s look at a few important tips that can make your home kid-friendly.
Corners and Sharp Edges
Take extra precaution in covering any sharp edges and corners in your home, especially if your baby is starting to crawl or stand. Areas of interest include the coffee table, side table, window ledges, and TV stands. Keep any breakable items out of reach from the little one, and secure bookcases, shoe racks, and any taller pieces of furniture that may topple over.
You have a couple different options when it comes to baby-proofing a fireplace. An easy method is to use a baby-proof and fire-proof gate around the hearth itself. If a gate is not a feasible option, consider purchasing a screen for the firebox and using foam cushioning for the hearth.
Doors and Cupboards
Prevent your child’s little fingers from getting squished between doors or toilet seats by installing baby locks and safety latches. The same tactic applies to closet doors, drawers in and around the house, and cabinets underneath the sink. It’s also a good idea to invest in a stove lock as your little one may try and turn on all the knobs on the stove the moment they start to learn how to walk and find things within reach.
Once your baby starts crawling you’ll want to restrict where she’s going for her safety. Baby gates (sometimes referred to as safety gates or even pet gates) are a great investment especially if you live in a multi-level home, or if you want to keep your baby confined in a certain area.
When it comes to your child, the most important thing that comes to mind is their safety. With these safety tips, you are well on your way in keeping your child safe and out of harm’s way.