Whether you are patiently awaiting the impending arrival of a baby or already have a brood of four running around the home, it is important that you child proof your home.
Not only will making a few simple alterations to your house mean that your home is not has likely to be ‘trashed’ by toddlers, but it will also make your house a safer environment for your little one to grow up in. Here is how to childproof your home quickly, conveniently and inexpensively.
Put up stair gates
It goes without saying that stairs are the most hazardous feature of a house for babies and young children, and why are our little ones uncannily attracted to the stairs? Eradicate the potential perils of staircases immediately by placing a stair gate at the bottom and the top of the stairs.
Similar to stairs, plug sockets have a seemingly irresistible attraction for babies and toddler to prod and probe. Naturally, sticking fingers into a plug socket can be highly dangerous, and it is therefore important that you make any reachable plug sockets safe by placing a plug cover over them.
Remove any potentially dangerous items
Babies reach a time in their development when they simply cannot resist picking everything up. Ensure that their experimenting with touch does not involve picking up objects made from material that could cause an accident if broken. Be sure to remove any glass vases, china tea sets, knives in the kitchen, so that they are well out of a baby’s reach.
Mimic your child’s height
A good way to ‘childproof’ your home is by squatting down to the same level that your child is at and seeing the world from your toddler’s point of view. This way, you will have a better understanding of any potential dangers that your child might concur, such as a glass table that is exactly level with his head.
An untidy house, with toys covering the carpets, is more prone to inviting hazards than a tidy one. By simply tidying up every day so that the floors and tables are clear will significantly reduce the changes of accidents occurring.