6 Effective Methods to Childproof Your HomeBy Angelica Malin
Childproofing your home is a long process that must be started at an early stage. Your baby can barely turn from one side to another now, but soon, they will be able to crawl and explore around. There is nothing wrong with that, but there are certain things that can expose your little one to dangers.
Here are a few simple ways to make your home safer for your child.
Most people never pay attention to this aspect, but some doors are better than others. For example, invest in internal glazed doors, and if there is a glass panel, you can keep an eye on your little one even if they crawl to another room.
Whether you need to open the door, put the kettle on, start the microwave or just find your keys, you may not be able to grab your baby with you all the time. When you have such doors, you will be able to keep an eye on them even if you need to rush to another room for a second.
Take advantage of this opportunity and change doors with interior design in mind too. You can get a different style or perhaps a color that works with the décor. If you have always wanted to change something in your rooms, this could be the perfect occasion.
Keep an eye on electrics
There are more things you have to pay attention to when it comes to electrics. For instance, cover the plug sockets. Ideally, you should get a lockable cover, rather than some tape or perhaps some plastic cover that kids can move. Some modern covers allow locking them even when something is plugged in.
Tie up all the electrical cables and try to cover or hide them. Do the same for those that seem harmless, such as your phone charger or laptop charger. Do not ignore the router or lamps either. Your little one can face a harmful electric shock if they end up chewing on a cable, not to mention strangulation risks.
Finally, if you can, block power outlets and different cords with pieces of furniture. If they are impossible to move, your little one will be safe. A TV stand could help, but a bookshelf is just as useful. Simply make sure there is no space under or behind the furniture.
Add some protection around windows
Window restrictors are essential when childproofing your house. You can leave the window open an inch or two and lock it in that position. You will basically leave some air in, but your little one will never be able to open it completely and fall out.
Childproof window locks are just as useful. They prevent kids from accidentally opening windows once you close them. If you find locks with keys, make sure you know precisely where you keep them – just a health and safety concern in case there is a fire.
Finally, there are not too many risks involved if your windows are quite high and your child cannot reach them. But then, kids can easily climb on things, so make sure there are no chairs or other pieces of furniture too close to windows.
Secure doors and stairs
Door stoppers are very useful because they prevent doors from shutting completely. Why are they useful? Simple. Kids fail to pay attention to closing doors, so they often end up with trapped hands or feet. A bit of safety can prevent plenty of accidents.
Baby gates are just as useful, especially if you have stairs in the house. You can lock your toddler in and ensure they are safe. Get a gate for each side of the stairs, as you will also need to trap them downstairs if you stay there.
Baby gates can be used with more purposes. You can also close off doorways. If you want your kid to stay in a particular room, a baby gate can restrict their access. There are more types of doors out there, and some of them are installed with tension, rather than drilling doorways.
Make furniture safer
Furniture can be secured in more ways. First of all, make sure heavy items cannot be moved. If you think your toddler could move them, simply secure them. Kids hold onto objects, push them or try to climb on them.
Then, go through each room and secure each sharp corner. You need some cushioning to prevent accidents if your little one bumps into sharp corners. You can find some corner guards on many pieces of furniture, but you can also make some yourself.
Focus on things your little one can reach, rather than the top of your kitchen cabinets.
How about plants?
Just like doors, plants are often overlooked when it comes to baby protection. Some of them can be quite harmful and poisonous for your little one. After all, they are extremely sensitive at this age. Place them on higher pieces of furniture or move them out of reach.
Safe plants also need to be out of reach. Your kid may drag them, tear them apart or even attempt to chew on them. They could be safe if you touch them, but they could cause a series of issues if ingested.
In the end, childproofing home takes more than that, but these are by far the most significant upgrades you can do inside the house. Take your time and start the process early, before your little one starts crawling.