How to baby-proof your home with ease

How To - September 23, 2019

A lot of people decide to move when they know that they are expecting a baby. Maybe you want an extra room in your house or a bigger living space. No matter what the case is, you will need to baby-proof your home even before the baby arrives. It will ensure that your child grows up in a safe home. And will give you peace of mind that you need. In order to secure your entire home, there are certain steps that you need to take. And some areas where you need to pay more attention to details

Is it necessary to baby-proof your home?

Children are inherently curious. That’s how they learn about their world and test their limits. And so, they will touch, push and grab everything that is within their reach. It’s your job to ensure that they can do all that in a safe environment. But is it necessary to baby-proof your home? Well yes. There is a good reason why children are curious. And there are clear dangers to the child if it is left unattended, even for a minute. There are many clear benefits to child-proofing your home, both for you and your child. Child’s safety is the number one reason, of course. But your peace of mind is something that’s worth much more than any investment of time and money into this task.

women with a baby that needs to baby-proof your home
Kids are very curious, and you need to be one step ahead of them

You need to start to baby-proof your home early on

Baby-proofing your home should start as soon as you know you will be moving. You need to invest time and effort even before you get to your new home. So, first, make sure to use eco friendly moving boxes. That way, you will ensure that there are no harmful chemicals touching your belongings. As a bonus, it will be good for the planet you will be leaving for your child. And when unpacking, make sure to properly sort all your items. It will make it easier for you to baby-proof your home later on. It’s much better to sort things while you are packing them. Then to go through your entire home searching for potentially dangerous items. 

Securing your home

After you move into your new home, it’s time to start looking for all the potentially dangerous objects in it. And there are a lot of them. But, for the time being, you should be looking at the big picture. Assess how dangerous your home is and see what you can do about it.

stairs in an apartment
If you have staircases, make sure to put safety gates on your stairs

The first thing that you should take care of when you want to baby-proof your home is to cover all the electrical outlets. Babies love to put their fingers in holes. And electrical outlets are especially dangerous. After that is done, go through your home and see which cabinets can be reached by children. Those need to be baby-proofed as well. If your home has stairs, make sure you secure them as well with safety gates. 

The last big thing to do, before you move on to more specific things is to clean your house of all the unnecessary and potentially dangerous items. You’ve probably done most of the work when you decluttered before you move. But just as a precaution, go through your things again. And make sure to safely store tools and other small or sharp objects

Remove dangerous items

There are many items in a home that can be potentially dangerous to small children. Those can be tools, chemicals and anything else that is potentially dangerous for your child. So, make sure to gather them all and put them in a sealed bin. There are great green box rentals that are perfect for this. The boxes are sturdy and not easily tipped. And you can seal them properly. Take all those items in storage until your baby grows up a little bit. 

Baby-proof your home by moving your furniture

Your furniture setup can play a big role when you want to baby-proof your home. And there are many reasons for that. First of all, furniture can fall on your child. So, make sure you put it closer to the walls. That way, even if your child manages to tip it over, it won’t fall down on them. Secondly, children of all ages love to climb the furniture. And if it’s too close to the windows it’s a potentially very dangerous situation. So, make sure to position your furniture away from the windows. It only takes a second for a child to fall down. 

living room furniture when you baby-proof your home
You need to position your furniture closer to the walls, to avoid it tipping over

Securing your cabinets

The next item on your list should be to secure your cabinets. And don’t think that just because the cabinet is higher than your child that it can’t reach it. To properly baby-proof your home you need to be sure that they can’t be opened by a child. You might have dangerous chemicals or even medicine. So, make sure to put some cabinet caps on them to make them harder for a child to open. Furthermore, you should empty them of anything that you don’t need on a daily basis. You can use storage bins and store everything in your basement or attic. That way, you will add more security for a child in a home. 

What about household appliances when you want to baby-proof your home?

There are many household appliances that are potentially dangerous for your child. But how do you completely baby-proof your home when you need them on a daily basis? Well, you need to get a little bit creative. First, make sure that they are unplugged. That will prevent the child from turning them on accidentally. And if they need to be plugged in, make sure they are out of their reach. You can achieve this by simply sliding them a little bit further away from the edge of your kitchen counter, for example. 

microwave in the kitchen
Keep household appliances unplugged and out of the reach of children

The best way to baby-proof your home is to be there for your child

In the end, children will be children. Evermore curious and ever more creative. And so, you can never baby-proof your home 100%. The best way to be sure that your child is safe in a home is to be there. Watch over your child and make sure that it is safe. A parent is the best baby-proofing measure possible. 

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