Once your baby is up and about, crawling or even cruising (holding onto) furniture, it’s time to think about baby-proofing your house. Your little one will start to express an adventurous streak, as well as developing their independence, and you may find yourself with your hands full having to observe his/her every move!
So, in order to relieve yourself of some of the challenges that come with having a mobile baby, start early and baby proof your house whilst your little one is still somewhat contained. What are some of things you can do to help make your home a safer place?
- Stairwell gates: install a child proof gate at both the top and the bottom of each staircase in your house. Climbing will soon be at the top of your little one’s list of fun activities soon, so get some gates installed as soon as you can!
- Check ties on blinds and curtains – these can provide a choke hazard to your baby, so ensure there is no loose or long hanging ties about your house.
- Secure windows and doors: windows should close tightly and external doors shouldn’t be left open. Consider installing security screen doors if there are opening external doors in your house.
- Rearrange furniture: you may like to consider removing your coffee table, or other furniture with sharp edges, whilst your baby learns to crawl and walk. Move furniture away from windows so your baby cannot climb out the windows.
- Lock cupboards that store poisons, and place dangerous items up high out of reach.
We hope these tips provide you with some inspiration as to how best to protect your child in the home environment as they become more mobile.