Once babies begin to crawl they become the most curious creatures on earth. They will open every drawer, cabinet, and door they can manage and once they get it open, whatever is inside becomes fair game. If this is your first child, you are in for a big surprise, especially if you’ve never seen a whole roll of toilet paper strewn across your bathroom! In order to protect your little ones, you need to childproof your home and that means getting on your knees.
Take a crawl through your house, room by room, and see what is within your child’s reach. Any valuable and breakable things should be put away or up high for the next couple of years. It is possible to teach children to stay away from things they shouldn’t touch, but don’t take a chance on your child’s safety, it is better to be overly cautious than not enough.
Be sure any cleaning supplies or chemicals are up high enough that your baby can not reach them. Also, if you have cabinets with heavy glass casserole dishes and pots and pans, make sure they have safety latches on them or your little one might get hurt in an avalanche when he discovers the wonders of kitchenware!
All drawers and cabinets can be fitted with safety latches which you can find in any department store, stock up on these as well as fittings for your electrical outlets. Any electrical outlet should have a protective plug put into it, babies like to stick their fingers and other objects into holes.
If you have throw rugs, either tape them down with double-sided tape or remove them until your baby is older. A toddler who is new on his feet has enough trouble staying up without having to slip and trip on a throw rug. Any stairway should be blocked off with a good strong gate that is fastened to the wall securely with hooks and screws.
The pressurized variety of gates are not safe for stairways, babies can push these down and the results could be devastating. Save pressurized gates for doorways where you are just trying to keep the little one corralled, do not depend on these for the protection of your child’s life.
Be sure any electrical cords are either tied up or safely tucked behind furnishings, babies can get these cords wrapped around their necks or can even bite through them with their little sharp teeth. There is a device that will hold any extra electrical cord length contained within a box so that it is not a danger, but you can tape your cords safely together with electrical tape.
Be sure to take down any table cloths or doilies that usually have objects sitting on top of them, one pull and the child could have whatever is on the cloth dumped on their heads. You’ll have to give up some of your décor until the baby is old enough to know better.
Always be sure to keep the lid on the toilet down. Children can drown in just a few inches of water and little ones are fascinated by the toilet and love to splash around in it. There are locks made specifically for keeping the toilet lid down, you can find them in the safety center of your local store.
Remember, having a child-proof house is no substitute for supervision, even the best-protected homes can still leave room for accidents. Be on the lookout for any new hazards and make sure the rest of the family is on alert as well!Remember