Watching your baby crawl or take its first steps is a joyous experience for every parent.
But it is hard to gauge what your baby will get into once he’s crawling, walking or able to climb.
This is where babyproofing comes in! Making a house baby-safe and ensuring that whatever he might try to open, pull on, or play with won’t hurt him.
It is imperative for every new parent to put aside a weekend to secure your house, room by room, to make it safe for your little explorer.
1. Anchor the heavy objects:
Around six months of age, babies start to move, roll and play on the floor more often. By nine months old, they begin pulling up on furniture, leaving parents with the task of anchoring furniture to walls and removing heavy items like televisions and lamps from furniture surfaces.
Safety straps and furniture anchors are best for securing heavy objects like bookshelves, dressers and TVs to the walls.
2. Cover up the electricity sockets:
Around 15-month of age, children become fascinated with putting things into things and they stick things in electric sockets.
Parents should find tight-fitting electrical outlet covers that cannot be pulled out by the baby’s tiny fingers.
3. Window blinds can be a choking hazard:
Blind cords that are easy for kids to reach can be very dangerous choking hazards.
Parents should check the window coverings in their home, replacing corded window coverings with safer cordless or inaccessible cord options.
The ideal solution would be replacing current window treatments with cordless blinds, but as a faster or temporary fix these wraps keep cords up out of reach.
4. Use gates around stairs:
Once your babies start crawling and moving on their own, you need to highly cautious around stairways, placing safety gates at the tops of stairs, or closing and locking doors that lead to stairwells.
You need something that contains your child while you’re making dinner and keeps them busy, happy, and safe.
5. Secure all the sharp corners:
It can sometimes seem like babies are magnets for sharp corners, so you may want to grab corner guards for tables and such.
Putting up soft baby bumpers on the corners of a living room table and other sharp corners is a good way of making them safe for when your baby starts crawling and grabbing furniture for support.
6. Skip the tablecloths:
Kids love to pull down tablecloths (or use them to try to pull themselves up), which can easily send the contents flying off the table.
While it may be an unconventional babyproofing product, trading in the tablecloth for placemats is a must since they don’t slide down easily and stick to the table.