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A GUIDE TO BABY PROOFING YOUR HOME

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Hi and thanks for visiting my site. In this article we will discuss the many different ways that your baby or toddler can find to hurt themselves and more importantly how to go about avoiding as many of them as humanly possible. I say that because it is just not possible to wrap them up in cotton wool, as much as you might like to.

There are going to be times as your little one grows, when they have a knock, a fall or accident, and the only thing you can do is comfort them and if, goodness forbid they have a serious accident and require more than a cuddle, then you should always contact your doctor or midwife, or in emergencies call the emergency services.

When should I start to baby proof my home?

So here is the thing, you don’t need to start worrying as soon as you fall pregnant or are coming home with your baby from the hospital. This is way too early and you will have plenty on your mind to be getting on with without worrying about your baby getting into places they shouldn’t. Besides, they only tent to sleep, eat, look cute and poop for the first stages of their life anyway.

Now once they start crawling around at about the 8 month stage is a different story altogether. Now is the tome to star seriously considering how best to stop them from getting into harms way.

Safety in the bathroom.

So there are going to be a variety of chemicals and sharp objects in here. If you have drawers or cupboard doors that are reachable by a toddler when standing or sitting upright you will need to get the relevant safety clasps put on so they cannot be opened easily

Safety in the bathroom with baby

However don’t be fooled into thinking that a really determined toddler can’t open these given enough time. You will be surprised how quickly kids learn to overcome obstacles! It’s better to put razor blades or chemicals in a cabinet above and and out of reach.

At bath time, run the cold water first and then add the hot. It’ll make unlikely that you will scold your baby and use a temperature thermometer to check the waters temperature too. Baby skin is going to be more sensitive than yours and the ideal temperature should be 35-37C.

And never ever leave your baby or toddler in the bath unsupervised. Ever. It takes a second for them to slip under the water and anyone can drown in just one ‘breath’ of water.

Safety in the kitchen.

So I would highly recommend a stair guard (gate) to ensure that your child can’t get up or down stairs and one for the kitchen in particular.

A guide to baby proofing your home

However there will be times when you leave that guard or door open by mistake and your little wanders in. So keep all knives, breakables or heavy pots and pans out of reach. Put safety catches or locks on reachable cupboards and drawers. Also try using bins with childproof lids too if you can.

Safety in the rest of the house.

To prevent burns or injuries if you have a fireplace install a fire guard and do what you can to block off radiator heaters in your home, although this is tricky short of buying a guard of some kind that takes up a lot of space.

Putting rubber corner and edge guards on furniture is good, but please do try and get good ones that will stick firmlyand not come off easily as these will then cause a choking hazard to your baby. If your baby does ever choke and can’t clear it themselves, see what to do here for advice on this.

Put any tall and easy to pull over lamps or standing furniture behind your sofa or couch.

Keep your television or other low furniture pushed back as far from arms reach of your toddler as you can.

Plastic safety plug covers will be useful to so no little fingers can go where they shouldn’t.

Keep low hanging curtain or blinds cords tied up and out of reach.

There are many ways to make your home safer.

Summary

This is a basic guide offering some hopefully helpful tips and advice, but there is of course more that can be done to childproof your home, that will be applicable to you but not others, depending on your circumstances.

I would love to hear comments, suggestions or advice on how to expand on this article below. So feel free to leave a like, share or comment and I will get back to you promptly.

many thanks,

kenny.

kenny@myadviceforbaby.com

 

 

 

 

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14 thoughts on “A GUIDE TO BABY PROOFING YOUR HOME”

  1. Marlinda Davis says:

    Hey there! This is exactly the guide that I need for my home right now. My daughter is 3 going 4 and is getting into EVERYTHING. She wasn’t so bad when she was a baby so we thought we didn’t have to worry as much but now I’m going crazy because we have to baby-proof everything and its so overwhelming. This guide has helped make things organized in my mind and easy to follow.

    I’m so grateful for your time in putting this together,

    Marlinda

    1. Kenneth Glossop says:

      Hi and thanks for sharing this with me as I’m glad I can be of help to my site visitors, I hope you will come and share more of your thoughts on ther topics too. Kenny 

  2. Chris says:

    That’s really good advice you’ve offered about the bathroom area there, as a lot of parents, including myself when I was younger, forget about the dangerous chemicals and sharp objects in easy reach from the bath. 

    Have you heard about this foam surround that attaches to door frames and table edges etc? If so – what are your thoughts on it, and how safe is it?

    1. Kenneth Glossop says:

      That’s great to know, and I’m sure I’ll return to update and expand on this topic again the future. Kenny 

  3. Paola says:

    This was really helpful, but like you said there is so much more to do because they want to touch everything, haha, I know because I have a 14 months old baby who just learned to walk, but I never leave him unsupervised not even for a minute and fortunately he never had a injury or anything besides falls. I think the best moment to start worrying about this is around the 5 or 6 months of the baby. 

    1. Kenneth Glossop says:

      Yes that’s when baby’s start to be more mobile and they get themselves in harms way more often. Thanks, Kenny 

  4. Cathy says:

    If I may also add, it’s important to consider baby proofing your pool area if you have one. Just the other day, my friend’s dog was playing by the pool and somehow, that attracted her baby to the location which she managed to access through an unsupervised back door. She was very close to the edge when the dog suddenly barked and alerted the mom. Since it’s coming into fall, this pool is actually empty and if she had fallen before her mom came to get her, the baby would have hit herself on hard flooring. It was a close call – if it wasn’t for the dog, we don’t know what could have happened. 

    1. Kenneth Glossop says:

      Hi and thanks for sharing your own life experiences with me and other site visitors. I’m glad you liked my work and I hoe you will come back again shortly. Kenny 

  5. Loes says:

    Hi Kenny, thank you for these safety advises. Toddlers can wriggle themselves in impossible situations. I am always afraid they choke in something. So, I cut sweeties into little pieces and I always slice apples to prevent that they swallow to big pieces. The size of the esophagus is as large as the child’s little finger. And that’s really small!

    Loes

    1. Kenneth Glossop says:

      Hi Loes, and thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment. I think you have a great idea as choking hazards are a real problem for any parent. Kenny 

  6. Colleen says:

    Hi Kenny…you have good advice and helpful videos for anyone who needs to baby proof their homes. It only takes a short turn of our heads and those little ones can grab something that can become potentially harmful to them. Too often, adults can overlook those items. Seems that grandparents, who have not been around little ones in awhile, would appreciate your quick refresher on baby proofing before the little ones arrive. You have even included how to help a child who is choking. That’s very important information!

    1. Kenneth Glossop says:

      Thanks for taking the time to get back to me. I appreciate it. Yes it’s easy to overlook things in our home that can be harmful to a baby. But hopefully my site will give some pointers to people. Thanks, Kenny

  7. Mitchguy says:

    Your site has a nice baby feel to it and I think will be attractive for new parents or parents to be.

    I am way passed that stage in life with our girls now 22, 19 and 18. But I do remember well those early days as they went from baby to toddler. It certainly changes things when they start to move around on their own and are eager to explore everywhere and everything.

    I think you touch on quite a few of the important things to consider and it is important to keep an eye out at all times because if it can be found, and touched, or opened, those little ones will find it, touch it and open it. You might want to mention cleaning products and the importance of keeping them well locked up (kitchen / bathroom).

    When our girls were going through that stage, we “baby proofed” the house with the cupboard locks, safety plugs for the plug ins, safety gates etc… We tried to be as careful and attentive as could be. But even with all the precautions, it is really difficult to fully baby-proof a house for a baby determined to explore and learn.

    One of our girls, who was still of crawling age, managed to get a safety plug out of the plug-in. If you’ve used these, you know how difficult they can be to take out. She got a zinger when she then tried to plug in the lamp while her finger was between the two prongs.

    One of our girls was able to open a supposedly “child proof” vitamin bottle, the ones with the push down hard and twist mechanism (a bottle that many adults have a hard time with), when she was only two.

    One of our girls fell out of her crib, even though it was on the lowest setting, and she was barely able to stand on her own at the time. It was a heart stopping experience when I rushed to her room after hearing a loud thump only to find her crib empty, and no sign of the baby. Thankfully she had fallen between the crib and the wall which slowed her fall, she was still sound asleep when I picked her up (must of been some kind of dream).

    As parents, we need to be aware of the dangers and do the best we can to avoid the obvious dangers that surround our children in the home. But keeping an eye on them, is the best protection we can give them.

    Are you thinking of looking at out of the home situations and how to best protect your children in those environments as well?

    Keep up the good work.

    1. Kenneth Glossop says:

      Hi and thanks for getting back to me. Yes I will be expanding on this article in the near future. Thank you for sharing with me your own experiences. Kenny 

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