Welcoming a new baby into the world is one of the most exciting and exhilarating experiences
you’ll ever go through. It can also be a little scary. After all, you’re now responsible for taking
care of a very little person. One of the first things that you’ll want to do is to make sure your
home is baby-proofed so that your little one can’t get into too much trouble. Here are five tips to
help you get started.
1. Create A Safe Zone In Your Home
While it’s difficult to identify every possible hazard throughout your entire home, it can be a
really good idea to set up a safe zone in one or two rooms where you spend a lot of time. That
way, if you have to put your little one down for a couple minutes, you have a safe place to do so.
You might use a retractable baby gate to set up this safe zone. Incidentally, some of these baby
gates can be used to keep your little one away from stairs as well.
2. Keep Electronics Out Of Reach
Electronics and appliances can pose quite a hazard for babies and toddlers. Between cords and
batteries, there are all sorts of ways that these can cause harm. So, make sure to keep your
toaster, bottle warmer, coffee maker and everything else out of reach. It’s a good idea to be
particularly careful about this in the bathroom or anywhere else where water is present. You
don’t want a hairdryer getting knocked into the bathtub as it can pose an electrocution risk.
3. Latch Those Drawers And Cabinets
It’s almost unavoidable that you will have some cleaning supplies and other hazardous
materials in your home. So, you will want to make sure these are put away in cabinets and
drawers, and that these cabinets and drawers are secured with latches. While it does get a little
old having to latch and unlatch them every time, it’s so important that the minor inconvenience is
well worth it.
4. Take A Close Look At Your Furniture
For babies and toddlers, regular objects can represent danger. For example, there are all sorts
of pieces of furniture that might tip over if your little one tries to use them to pull up. Take a look
around each room, and make sure that any furniture that is prone to tipping is secured to a wall.
It can also be a good idea to look for sharp edges and cover them with bumpers. This will help
soften the blow in the event that your little one takes a tumble.
5. Double Check Everything, And Then Check Again
Just when you think you’ve finally childproofed your home, you’ll want to double check. It can be
really easy to miss a few things the first time. So, go through each room and take an inventory
of everything you see. It can even be a good idea to get down on your hands and knees since
this will help you see things from your little explorer’s point of view. Even after double checking,
you’ll want to periodically check again. After all, your home might change over time as you
accumulate more furniture and other objects.
By: Ryan Howard
Ryan Howard runs Smart Parent Advice, a site that provides parenting advice for
moms and dads. Ryan writes about all of the different ups and downs of parenting, provides
solutions to common challenges, and reviews products that parents need to purchase for babies