Last updated on Jun 21st, 2021 at 04:08 pm
Bringing home a new little bundle of joy is arguably one of life’s most exciting and rewarding experiences. However, before you let them explore their new home, you will need to baby-proof your home and prepare it for the new life it will hold – a life that enjoys putting any small object into their mouth.
Preparing your house for a baby does not have to be difficult or time-consuming
Follow these simple tips and tricks to ensure that everything is safe and secure before your bouncing bundle comes home:
Tie it down
Start by securing televisions, speakers, toasters, kettles and all other electrical equipment to a solid and sturdy surface. Be sure that your baby cannot pull these items down onto themselves. You should also use furniture straps to hold freestanding furniture such as bookshelves, television stands and wardrobes.
It may seem that your baby does not have the strength to pull these objects down or even at all, but even a slightly precariously placed speaker can be pulled or knocked over with disastrous results. Do not place televisions on top of dressers or stands with drawers, as these can be used to climb.
While you may not see your toilet as a hazard, the water inside it can be as well as the toilet lid. Your baby may find the toilet a very interesting toy, lifting the lid to splash around with water that is not very sanitary. The heavy lid of the toilet may also fall down onto tiny hands or heads, causing injuries.
Be sure to always leave the seat down after use, and secure it with a lid lock. Do not allow your baby to follow you into the bathroom if you are cleaning it, as the harmful chemical fumes from the cleaning liquids can cause them to become sick They may also try to drink these liquids, which is highly dangerous. Keep all cleaning liquids locked away in a cupboard that is hard to reach.
Eliminate sharp edges
This is a vital step in baby-proofing your home and should be done in all rooms, including bedroom furniture and living room furniture. To eliminate sharp edges, you will need to invest in cushioned corner guards or edging. These can be found in many baby stores, and are easy to install and maintain.
Your nursery should only have soft furnishings, and all changing tables and cribs need to have corner guards installed too. Move all objects with sharp edges out of reach, such as hard-covered books, pens, letter-openers and so forth. Be sure that all corner covers are properly secured to avoid accidental slippage from your baby pulling on them.
Be kitchen savvy
The kitchen is often the one room of the house where you are distracted from watching your baby like a hawk. You will need to do some rearranging before allowing your baby to enter, such as moving harmful detergents and sprays into cupboards above the ground.
If you must put chemical cleaners in lower cabinets, use a cabinet lock to keep little hands from discovering these harmful items. Keep knives and sharp objects in drawers and be sure that the oven drawer is locked. Try to cook on burners as much as possible, and turn pot and pan handle towards the back of the stove.
Control your cords
Loose cords in living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens are highly dangerous for crawling babies. You should invest in cord holders to fasten them securely to walls so they will not be pulled, causing the television or other electrical equipment to fall.
Keeping cords neat and out of reach will keep your baby safe from electrical hazards and injury. If you have a room where there are computers and other such equipment, be sure to keep the door closed, so your baby will not enter while unsupervised.
When you set up your baby’s room, you may have done as much baby proofing as possible, but it is only human to miss something. One aspect that many new parents miss is having cute desk lamps next to nappy-changing areas. Your baby can easily pull these down onto themselves or kick them over when you are changing them. Rather use ceiling or wall lighting in the nursery.
Remember that, until a baby is six months old, they can choke on bedding and pillows, so rather leave this until toddler age. Do not keep stuffed animals in the crib, as your baby could suffocate on these easily during the night. Also be sure to check the sturdiness of the bars on the crib.
Here’s looking at you, kid
Baby proofing may sound like a lot of work, but it is vital to do so before you bring your new little one home. Some simple checks and safety measures will ensure your house is ready and waiting for your family. If you have an excited sibling waiting to meet their new brother or sister, be sure they understand why these measures are being taken.