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8 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO BABYPROOF YOUR HOME RIGHT NOW

Updated: Feb 15, 2023


When you are a new and inexperienced parent and your first child begins to crawl or walk, you start to look at your house through an entirely different lens. Suddenly, your priorities shift, and you worry about providing a safe and secure place for your child.

This is because once your precious little one starts wandering about, you enter a whole new zone where you start to analyze your house for potential dangers and risks. The place that you consider your safe abode then becomes home to new hazards, and to avoid them, parents must consider baby-proofing their homes.

Here are some things you can do to baby-proof your home to provide a safe environment for your child to explore, play, and grow in.


1. PUT BREAKABLES OUT OF REACH

When new parents are baby-proofing their homes, they must consider keeping breakables like figurines, expensive decorations, fine china, and porcelain away from the baby’s reach, preferably on a high shelf or a table.

This could save the baby from getting hurt.


2. INDOOR SAFETY GATES

Installing safety gates is excellent for when you need them to act as barriers to prevent your child from getting to dangerous areas like fireplaces, bathrooms, staircases, or the kitchen. As your baby starts to walk or crawl, you may want to put lower gates to stop them from passing through easily. Ensure that the gates are placed at every entrance or exit of the house where your toddler can wander off.


3. COVER ELECTRICAL SWITCHES

Ensure that you are taking the right steps to baby-proof your home. Do not forget to cover the electrical outlets before you let your toddler run free. Suppose you’re forgetful or do not like to wear yourself out with worry; in that case, you could invest in outlets that slide up automatically when they are not in use.


4. KEEP YOUR CABINETS SHUT

We certainly know that toddlers are curious, and to stop them from meddling into your things that sit peacefully in your cabinets, be it in the kitchen or any other room, you must make sure that you keep them shut. Also, when possible, lock them because it will not take your little one to figure out how to open the cabinet door.




5. TIE UP ALL THE CABLES/CHORDS

Cords and wires are hazardous in many ways. A child could get an electrical shock, get tangled in wires, or worse, accidentally strangulate themselves. Do not, however, overlook the wires tied to curtains. Trim them, add rubber coverings to the ends, or use a folding tool to fasten them to the wall. Also, make completely sure your child's cot is placed at a safe distance, away from these cables.


6. INVEST IN FURNITURE BRACKETS

When your baby begins to crawl and stand, they may reach out – or even move up – onto tables and chairs. Attach desks, wardrobes, lamps, and TV furniture to the floor or wall. Toddler safety supplies such as furniture brackets and fasteners may be found at any baby or home maintenance shop. It would be best to use child-proofing cushions to protect any hard edges.


7. SEAL-OFF HAZARDOUS ROOMS

As a concerned parent, you should install a barrier or a child-safe doorway guard in the kitchen, restroom, and study. Install safety locks on commode lids and try not to leave your child in the bathtub alone. Make sure your oven, dishwasher, and stoves are all locked in the kitchen. When cooking, utilize the hindmost burners as much as possible. If you must use the front burners, ensure the holders of your pots and pans are turned away from the front. If you have kitchen equipment, such as a mixer, blender, toaster, or juicer, keep them away from the counter's end, so your child doesn't get hurt.


8. AVOID PURCHASING TOXIC PRODUCTS

As a parent, you must be mindful of what you’re purchasing and what you’re allowing your toddler to consume indirectly. Try and purchase cosmetics and other products that do not have substances like hydrocarbons, mineral oils, and other toxins that could prove to be hazardous to children.

Make sure you’re reading all the list of contents for each product and are keeping them away from your child’s reach.


THE TAKEAWAY!

Being a parent comes with a myriad of responsibilities. To fulfill them, you must ensure that you provide your child with the best care you can without overstepping or underperforming as parents. We hope this read will help you babyproof your home so that you and your child can have a fun time together without worrying about any potential risks.


At Moni's Cleaning Service, we are dedicated to assist you achieve cleaner, healthier homes in nominal budgets to give you a stress-free life taking care of you and your family. So connect with us today to avail our services!


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