As your little ones grow up and start to explore your home a little bit more, you’ll soon realise how much of your home could be a hazard! It’s hugely important to childproof your house and make sure it’s a safe place for small children, especially those who have started to crawl or walk. Babies and children are naturally very inquisitive and could find themselves in a sticky situation very easily!
You can reduce the risk of accidents by making sure you have the right child safety essentials installed in your home. It may seem like a big job, but it’s worth it if it means your little one won’t get near the fire or decide to tackle the stairs.
Childproof Your Home
There are many different ways to protect your little ones in the house. Installing stair gates are important as it means your toddlers can’t attempt to go up or down them without an adult. As well as blocking the stairs, you may want to put a gate at the entrance to the kitchen as it can often be a dangerous place for toddlers to get under your feet! This can be helpful if you’re trying to prep or cook food while your partner watches the baby.
You should also remember to put childproof locks on any cupboards or drawers that are in reach; the last thing you need is their little fingers getting trapped in a door.
Socket covers are a helpful addition; luckily, British plug sockets already have shutters to prevent electric shocks if your kids do manage to poke their fingers in. However, socket covers can prevent your children from even trying to mess with them in the first place!
If you have an open fire, you should consider buying a fireguard; otherwise, you won’t be able to use your fire for a good while! A fireguard means your children won’t be able to get near the flames and will avoid any accidents.
Watch Over Your Little Ones
One of the most helpful gadgets to ensure child safety when your kids are young is a baby monitor. This can give you peace of mind, as well as alerting you when your child requires attention. Basic models will provide sound, while more advanced baby monitors will also have a video function.
With such an array of options, with so many different functions, do your research to make sure you choose the right type for your needs. Look for features such as talk-back facility, which lets you speak into the parent unit to your baby. Some monitors will also provide a sensor pad that goes under your baby’s mattress; this can sound an alarm if no breathing or movement is detected. Remember to buy baby monitor batteries too!
Secure Your Furniture
Babies who have mastered crawling will soon be pulling themselves up using your furniture. Once they get a bit older, heavy or tall furniture will become a target for helping them to stand. Secure chests of drawers and bookcases as best you can, so that your kids don’t pull anything down on top of them!
If you have tall floor lamps, make sure they are wedged in between other furniture so your little children can’t reach them. Be sure to hide any power cables too.