“No, don’t touch that!” Running ensues, and next thing you know, you’re trying to grab something from your child’s grasp. Sound familiar? While our babies may be adorable little angels, they’re also extremely curious and fast. One minute they’re playing on the floor and the next they’re crawling towards the socket. It’s a constant game of chasing your baby and making sure that he or she is safe. If you think about it, our homes are actually mine fields for our babies. There are so many things that they can reach and play with that will hurt them. So even though your home is your private space, you may want to think about baby proofing. Check out our tips below!
You’ll be surprised at how fast your child will be able to move around. One minute you were carrying him everywhere, trying to hold his neck and head carefully, and the next he’s already crawling as fast as his chubby legs can let him. The earlier you can get started on baby proofing your home, the better. Plus, you might need a lot of time to do it too. We all know how taking care of our babies can use up most of our time!
If you have stairs, baby gates are a must have! If you also have rooms you don’t want your baby to get into, like your kitchen and den, gates are useful mechanisms to help keep them out.
Cabinets that have toxic cleaning liquids, sharp appliances, and electrical tools should be locked up. If your baby can’t get to them, then it won’t hurt him.
We don’t know why babies are attracted to our sockets and outlets, but it’s definitely not safe for them. Prevent any undue circumstances by covering them up.
Prevent boo-boos and bumps by covering sharp edges like the ones on your glass coffee tables, corners of cabinets, and drawers.
Tiny bits of broken glass are very dangerous to have around a crawling baby. Beat them to it by placing all your breakable decorations, wares, and utensils far away from them. And we mean really far!
Any small object your baby finds will usually end up in one place–his mouth. Scan your rooms, floors, and tables for any small objects that may be lying around. Small objects can be choking hazards, and you definitely don’t want them lying around.
If you have a lot of appliances and extension cords lying around the house, make sure you keep them organized. Cover them up and don’t let them tangle. You don’t want your baby to trip over them.
Medicines, pills, and other potentially dangerous items have to be placed high up in locked cabinets. Even though the pills might be pretty and make noise, they’re not something you want to give your baby access to.
Just to be extra sure that your child will be safe, try putting yourself in his shoes. Yup, that means getting down on your hands and knees and crawling around to see what things are within his reach.