Bringing home a newborn baby is an exciting time and you want to make sure that your home is safe to receive your new bundle of joy. The best way to make sure your home is safe is to baby proof your home; ideally well in advance of your due date.
Whether a newborn or a toddler, there are some steps you might need to take to make your home the safest it can be. However, keep in mind that these suggestions are by no means exhaustive and you should always do your research and consult professionals to any extra precautions you should make.
General baby-proofing tips
- Install a carbon monoxide detector on every level of your house if you have oil and/or gas appliances, alongside smoke detectors on every level. Check out our carbon monoxide guide here!
- Ensure your smoke detectors are in good working order, there should be at least one on each floor. Find out smoke detector guide here!
- Check the batteries of all detectors.
- Have either a fire blanket and/or fire extinguisher, and know how to use it.
- Keep a first aid kit
- Keep a note of all the emergency numbers
- Put non-slip pads under all the rugs
Baby-Proofing the Kitchen
In the kitchen there are many every items that can be dangerous to your little ones, most are obvious but there are those that we don’t think about.
Unplug any electrical appliances not in use such as irons, kettles and grills etc.
Not only does it help save on energy wastage, but it ensures that when not in use they are not conducting heat which could potentially harm you child if they touch it.
Store your handbag, and those of any visitors, out of reach.
Something as simple as a pen cap could be very dangerous if swallowed, and you never know what could have been left in your bag or that of your visitor. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. By tucking any bags at the back of the kitchen counter or in a cupboard, it helps to reduce the risk of little hands grabbing something potentially dangerous.
Lock sharp objects, toxic substances and chemicals away in secure cupboards.
You don’t have to go all out and place child locks on every draw and cupboard but storing the items that are dangerous to everyone away in secured cupboards is always a smart thing to do. Once your baby starts to crawl and when toddlers become more curious they won’t understand that something may be harmful. To help eliminate the threat you can lock them in with child proof locks, securing them away from your children.
Consider getting rid of tablecloths and hanging objects within reach.
Tablecloths and cords can be pulled and tugged on, which doesn’t sound dangerous but can pose a real threat. If the dining table was set with crockery; plates, knives and forks and glasses with a child tugging on the tablecloth, it could mean that the whole spread could come crashing down on that child.
Baby-Proofing the Lounge
1. Secure all loose furniture by placing it behind larger pieces of furniture
2. Cover all unused plug sockets with protectors
3. Cover sharp corners with bumpers or safety padding; if its hit it will still hurt but will cause less damage.
4. Hide any cords or wires behind casing or furniture.
5. Ensure that any blinds have safety tassels and cord stops to tuck away the cords; also consider getting rid of any with looped cords.
Baby-Proofing the Nursery
- Place baby wipes and supplies where you can reach them but the baby can’t.
- Remove cot mobiles with long cords; to avoid the baby from grabbing at them.
- Keep the cot apart from any other furniture, including shelves or objects that could fall on your baby
- Finish all painting/wallpapering at least 8 weeks before your due date to air out any potentially harmful fumes
- Ensure that the cot slats are more than two and 3/8 inches apart with the bolts and screws tightly fastened.
- Ensure there are no gaps between the mattress and cot.
- Keep bumpers, blankets, comforters, pillows and toys out of the cot when the baby is in there.
- Ensure that all furniture is built correctly and in line with instructions and safety measures.
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