The key to baby proofing is to start a little earlier than you’d think. In fact, preparing your house for your little one during pregnancy is a good shout, as you’ll probably have a bit more spare time then! After that, you can tackle it step by step, as your baby grows.
Before your baby is born, tackle the larger things:
- Anchor your heavy furniture and appliances (especially the TV) to the walls and floor.
- Rearrange your storage so that any particularly dangerous items (like kitchen knives, medicine, and cleaning products) will never be within reach.
- Check that your fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors work.
- Get rid of corded blinds, tablecloths, and anything else that hangs down.
- Position the baby’s cot away from heaters, lamps, wires, and furniture.
Before your baby is crawling, tackle the smaller things:
- Install finger pinch guards and locks on internal doors.
- Cover electrical outlets and the knobs of your cooker.
- Pack away breakable items and cover sharp corners (goodbye sophisticated home).
- Remove choking hazards - a good trick is to see if something is small enough to fit through a toilet roll tube. If it is, cut it.
- Install baby gates and locks on external doors and windows.