We are pleased to host this guest post by Jane Blanchard!
Whether you’re planning on babysitting for a friend or you’ve recently found out that you’ll be having a baby of your own, childproofing your home is essential. Sadly, many babies and toddlers are injured each year in accidents that could have been avoided in the home. Not sure where to begin when it comes to childproofing? Here are some tips to get you started.
Stairs pose a major safety hazard to small children, which is why having safety gates in place to prevent children from playing on stairs is vital. For safety gates placed at the top of your stairs, always use a hardware-mounted gate rather than a pressure mounted one. Also, be sure to place safety gates up to prevent children from entering rooms with potential safety hazards, such as a workout room.
Latches and Locks
Another childproofing step you’ll need to take when retrofitting your home is that of installing latches and locks on cabinets, drawers, and other off-limits areas. This is especially important in kitchens and bathrooms, where cabinets often hold potentially dangerous chemicals, knives, and other hazards you wouldn’t want a kid to get into.
If you’re worried about damaging your cabinets or drawers with hardware-mounted latches and locks, just shop around. There are plenty of these on the market that don’t require any hardware and can be easily removed when no longer needed.
Corner and Edge Bumpers
Let’s face it: babies and toddlers are pretty clumsy. All it takes is an accidental fall and you could be dealing with a serious injury. That’s why it’s so important to install plenty of bumpers around your home so as to prevent clumsy toddlers from falling face first and injuring themselves on sharp table edges and other corners.
Make sure all of your coffee tables and end tables have bumpers installed, as well as your baby’s crib. Typically, these can be installed using a special glue or even a tie-on design (for those who want to minimize furniture damage).
Electrical Outlet Covers
Finally, to protect your little one against the risk of electrical shock, make sure that all outlets within the child’s reach are properly covered. There are a number of ways in which you can do this, from inserting plastic covers into the sockets to getting a little more innovative (as in the picture above).
Either way, having your outlets covered will keep your ever-curious child from injuring him or herself.
While this isn’t by any means a comprehensive list of steps you’ll need to take to childproof your home, surely this should help get you started. Be sure to keep these tips in mind as you seek to make your home a safer place for little ones.
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