New parents or soon-to-be parents?
Congratulations to you for stepping into a new phase of happiness. But let me warn you that this happiness comes with a huge responsibility. I’m sure you must have already guessed it!! Yes, it’s the responsibility of taking care of your baby. The first and foremost responsibility for you as a parent would be to protect your baby from injuries.
You must have heard of waterproof and accident-proof but have you ever come across the term “Baby Proof”? Well, baby proof refers to the measures taken to protect your baby from all kinds of hurts and so the first thing that you need to do is Baby Proof your home.
Let me help you understand the importance of baby proofing your home by stating the –
Consequences of not baby-proofing your home
Since babies are extremely sensitive, each and everything in your house can be proven to be deadly to them. Here are some examples
- Allergic reactions caused due to interaction with pets
- Drowning in the bathtub
- Burns from the stove in the kitchen or at a barbeque grill
- Potential for a fall on stairs, slippery floors
- Cuts from sharp objects
And the list goes on….As a responsible parent after reading the above-listed accidents you must have surely been convinced to baby-proof your home. Am I right or Am I right?
Now you might be wondering how to baby-proof your home?!! Well, It’s quite simple!! Just get your hands on the below mentioned-
Baby Proofing Products
Baby Safety Gate
Baby gates can be a great investment since they can be put in use for multi-purpose. By having an auto close baby safety gate at your home, you can build an exclusive play zone for your baby, separate pets from the baby and most importantly keep your baby away from dangers by positioning them at the bottom or top of the stair, in doorways or around objects such as fireplaces
Recommended: Fisher-Price Barricade Auto Close Baby Safety Gate
Electrical Safety Cover Guard for Light Switch
Ever since your baby starts taking their tiny steps, you would have no control over them. The baby will start wandering in the entire house and touching and messing around with things including the light switch. With this child-resistant safety cover for the existing standard light switch, you can keep your baby away from electric dangers
Electrical Socket Cover Guards
For a baby, it’s usually tempting to put in their little fingers in the sockets, and since sockets are pretty much common to be available in each part of your home, you can’t always be around to stop your baby from playing with the sockets but with this electrical socket cover guards, you can surely keep your baby away from the unwanted electrical socket
Recommended: ABH Child Proofing Electrical Socket Cover Guards
Crawling on the floor will be every baby’s one of the first few favorite hobbies but as a parent, you know how sensitive a kid’s skin is, the floor which looks comfortable to you isn’t really the same for your baby. And so, with this waterproof, non-slippery mat, give your baby the utmost comfort
Cupboard Lock Safety Equipment
Your kitchen and room cabinets would look like toys to your kids that are extremely eager to open and bring out the stuffs placed in eventually creating chaos for you but that is still ok but have you thought what if there’s a knife placed in the cabinet which you forgot to move from the specific place?!! Of course, no parent would want their kid to be hurt and so with these cabinet safety locks you surely can have avoided such accidents happening with your baby
Hinge Cover Guard
Door related injuries are a few of the most dangerous injuries that can even dislocate your baby’s finger as they are extremely sensitive and so with this hinge covers placed at each of your doors will definitely give you a sense of ease
Safety Door Stopper Guards
What if my baby gets locked in the room while I step out for a moment? This thought has certainly crossed every parent’s mind and so with this door stopper guards you can surely be distressed
Baby Safety Corner Edge Cushion Protector Guards
The corners of your kitchen tables and other furniture are your baby’s true enemy. With this corner guard installed you can prevent your baby from banging their heads from sharp edges that would otherwise be dangerous to babies
All thanks to technology, you can now let your baby be in front of your eyes when you’re working or cooking not physically but digitally. With baby monitors placed, you can track your baby, watch them play or sleep and even talk to them via your smartphone
Recommended: Nooie Baby Monitor
Baby Safety Strip Furniture Edge Guard Cushion Corner
This L-shaped cushion safe corner guards will ensure protecting your baby from the hard, edges, and sharp corners that can cause hurt. Therefore, you will no longer have to worry about desk hurts
Besides completely relying on baby proofing products, there are still few things that as a parent you need to personally take care of and so to help you do better, I have compiled a list of –
Tips to Baby Proof your Home
Start with the kitchen
- Place the handles of pots and pans towards the back of the stove when cooking so that the baby can't reach them and pull them away.
- Put child-resistant covers on trash cans
- Keep your toddlers away from kitchen appliances. Ensure switching it off when not in use
- Knives, scissors, dishwater soap, and such other items should be stored in drawers with locks or latches or on high shelves.
- Tablecloths may be replaced with placemats. Tablecloths can be easily pulled and can cause sharp silverware and glasses to fall to the floor.
- Use a baby-proof lock on your refrigerator, cabinets, and drawers
- Cover the stove knobs using the stove cover
Proceed to the rooms
- Mount as much as furniture to the wall mainly because once your toddlers learn to stand, they will reach for everything nearest to them
- Keep windows and doors latched and make sure your baby can't entangle himself in window blinds or their cords.
- Store cleaning products, medicines, alcoholic beverages, cosmetics, and anything else hazardous out of reach and out of sight (preferably in a locked cabinet).
- Remember to cover any electrical outlets with covers so your baby can’t stick her precious little fingers in there.
- When guests come over, place purses and bags in high up places where baby can’t get into them
- Make sure all rugs have non-skid material on the bottom since the baby is still unsteadily walking.
- Cushion the corners of tables and other sharp edges
- Do not keep any chargers plugged in and powered on without devices connected to them.
- Keep doors leading to any balconies closed at all times
- Ensure balcony guard rails are at least one meter high; flat solid walls or narrow vertical bars placed no more than 10 centimeters apart are recommended.
- Remove toxic house plants
Next comes the nursery
- Use a thick rug or carpet below the changing table
- Finish the painting and wallpapering work 8 before the baby is expected to avoid exposure of harmful fumes to the baby
- Check that bolts and screws of the crib are tight
- Make use of bumpers, comforters, pillows, blankets and toys out of the crib
- Place a non-slip mat near a child’s play area so that in case of any water leakage, they do not slip and fall into any sort of danger.
- Use UL-listed night-lights and replacement bulbs
- Make sure the toys are manufactured using kid-friendly material such as cotton for stuffed animals. Avoid small plastic toys which may be choking hazards as kids can place them in their mouths.
Most importantly just do not leave your baby alone in the bathroom, ever.
It's an undeniable fact that a baby is curious about every little thing, they are more like the mini version of scientists who wants to know about each and everything that comes within their eyesight. They love to explore and they'll try anything. You can't be with them all the time, but you can give yourself peace of mind by baby-proofing your house so that he won't get into trouble when you're not around. From power outlets to locks on cabinets, there are plenty of things you can do to keep him safe while still letting him explore his world!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How long do you need to baby proof for?
Six months to One Year
2. When should you start baby proofing your house?
Get started at least three months before your due date, because some of the recommended baby proofing preparations may take time. Once baby starts to crawl (around 6 to 10 months), you'll have to do a second baby proofing sweep to ensure that the house is safe for the baby
3. Do you really need to baby proof?
While it's important to keep household dangers out of a baby's reach especially when the baby is old enough to put just about everything in the mouth.