Once your baby starts crawling, keep in mind that he or she will start roaming around your home. This is about time that you learn how to baby proof your home. You will notice that your baby will be fast in getting onto anything that could catch their attention. With this, they may accidentally bump into the corners of tables or put random things into their mouth.
Here are a few ideas to keep your home baby proofed:
List down All that Must Be Baby Proofed
To do this, kneel down and reach down to the eye level of your baby. Everything that you could see and everything that they may possibly hold unto should be baby proofed. List down everything you could see and make sure that you don't overlook anything that may get your child hurt.
Get Started in Baby Proofing your Home
Once you have finalized your list, baby proof your home slowly but surely. Use outlet covers and safety plugs for keeping any unused outlets out of your baby’s reach. For keeping unsafe areas away from your child’s access, you must use door locks. Also, install covers for your stove knobs and a stove guard for the prevention of burns. Keep pot handles turned towards the back part of the stove whenever you are cooking to prevent it from being accidentally knocked over.
Baby Proof Your Tables and Other Places with Edges.
With edge guards, you can keep all corners covered and prevent their little heads from getting bruised. When your baby is starting to pull up and walk throughout your home, you will feel at ease that you have already covered the edges of your coffee tables and other furniture pieces.
Keep Staircases Blocked
You don’t want your baby falling off your stairway unknowingly. To prevent this from happening, have child safety gates installed on the stairway both on the top and the bottom. When choosing a gate, consider picking one according to their use and effectiveness. For doorways, you must pick those that are pressure mounted while those that must be mounted with hardware should be used on the top of stairs. Also, when installing, ensure that the gate latch will be on its opposite side to prevent your baby from reaching it.
Make Use of Non Slip Pads Accordingly
There are many non-slip pads that could be used not only on dry floor but also in wet ones. Make use of these pads under the rug in your living room and also in your bathroom to prevent slips. Also, for avoiding slips, make sure that all walkways are free from any toys and other things where your child may trip over.
Keep all of these tips in mind and you will have peace of mind that your baby will not get into any untoward accident while roaming around your home.