When you have a baby, a home can seem as though it has dangers in every corner! If you’re always nervously scouting for possible places where a little one could get hurt, here are some essential tips to better baby proof your home.
1. Living areas
- Cover all wall sockets with plug protectors.
- Check the floor for small objects that a baby could swallow like pins, nails, buttons, coins, lego and small pieces of toys.
- Electrical cords should be tied up or taped down.
- Move sharp objects away from high traffic areas.
- Install a safety gate at the top and bottom of stairs.
- Move plants off the floor. Many are poisonous, so rather be safe than sorry.
- Keep tools, hairdryers and straightening irons unplugged and out of reach.
- Fasten high bookcases and other tall pieces of furniture to the wall so your baby can’t pull them down.
- Don’t place furniture near windows.
- Remove mobiles and hanging toys from the crib when the baby is sleeping.
- Toy chests should either be lidless or should stay up when opened.
- Remove all unnecessary blankets or stuffed animals from your baby’s crib.
- Make sure older children’s toys are not in reach of younger children.
- Never place a crib near windows. Use cordless blinds or cut blind cords in half to avoid strangulation.
- Keep cleaning supplies in a high cabinet rather than under the sink. If you put dangerous products under the sink, use a child-proof lock on the cabinet door.
- Don’t leave mouse or insect traps in places where they can be found by babies.
- Make sure the oven door is locked.
- Use back plates on your stove for cooking whenever possible. Turn the handles of pots and pans toward the back of the stove.
- Don’t use magnets on the refrigerator. They can fall down and your baby could swallow one.
- Never leave water standing in the bath, the sink or even a bucket. Babies can drown in very little water.
- Put locks on toilet lids.
- Keep medication, vitamins and cosmetics away so small ones can’t reach them.
- Make sure there is no way your baby could accidentally lock themselves in the bathroom.
- Keep your bathroom cleaning supplies out of reach. Lock them in a cupboard or place on a high shelf.