Babyproofing a Home for Young Families

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You will discover that your baby will grow up, fast. Soon your baby will be tottering around your home, discovering and exploring their small world. This is the time to start babyproofing your home in order to keep your little one safe from harm. Baby and childproofing methods are not only useful for residents with small children but also for landlords hoping to rent out a perfect house for a young family within a child friendly area as part of their property management service. Here are some top tips for taking care of hazards in a home, room by room.

Hallways

Your baby will use the hallway to get from room to room so it is vital that this is proofed. Check that your smoke detectors are in working order with routine checks and think about also investing in a carbon monoxide detector for extra precaution. Placing safety gates at each end of your stairs will ensure that your baby won’t get into a tumble and secure any loose phone or internet wiring with tape. If you have a cat or door flap on your front door, consider buying a door with security features for added baby protection.

Living room

Make your living room a place to relax in with the right baby proofing. Check that all corners are suitably smoothed with guards and check that an electrical device cannot be pulled down by loose wiring. Plug socket covers are a must to stop tiny fingers from exploring where they shouldn’t and can be easily taken off for adult use. Keep any glass ornaments and heavy objects safely stored out of reach.  Keep electrical devices off the floor as these could become dangerous if any liquid is spilt. Invest in a play pen which can be moved around when you are busy such as in the garden or cooking in the kitchen.

Kitchen

Again, keep heavy objects like pots and pans out of reach as well as harmful chemicals like cleaning products and detergents. Consider switching to non-ammonia and chlorine products such as non-chlorine bleach for added safety. Buy vitamins and pills with child-resistant caps and make sure every bottle is carefully labelled and stored in a high cupboard. Keep sharp cutlery and kitchen utensils stored in drawers that are out of reach and unplug electrical items when not in use, placing the chord out of reach. Always close and turn off the oven and dishwasher when not in use and place covers on any knobs so that a young child cannot turn on the oven and hobs. Buy a bin which has a firm lid so that litter is stored safely, and have a fire extinguisher at the ready in case of an accident.

Bathroom

 

Always make sure that a baby or young child is supervised in the bathroom. Install a simple lock on the bathroom door when it is not in use to keep your baby from harm. Ensure that the toilet seat is always closed after use and that the lid is quite stiff to lift up. Treat bathroom chemicals the same as kitchen chemicals – keep them out of reach. Place a non-slip mat in the bath and another mat or rug for after bath time to avoid slips and bumps. Never leave your baby alone whilst in the bath and always check the water is the right temperature. Bath time is a great chance to play and bond with your baby, not to leave them in danger. Finally, like always, do not leave electrical devices lying around in the bathroom to avoid fires and electric shocks.

 

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