That first step your little one takes is one of the biggest and most exciting milestones for you as well as your child. However, as exciting as it may be, it comes
with its set of risks. Once a baby starts crawling or walking, you would be surprised at how quickly the skill is mastered and how quickly they gain speed! They can go
from one corner of the room to another in just a few seconds. However, as quickly as they may gain speed, it takes them a good long while to be able to balance well.
So watch out for frequent tumbles and wobbles. In short, if you think you can take your eye off them for even a few seconds, you are sorely mistaken.
Your baby’s newfound mobility brings along with it excitement and pride for you but curiosity for your baby. He is excited to try his new skill out all the time
and explore every corner of the house. That’s where babyproofing comes in. Child safety is kicked up to a whole new level once your baby starts moving
Now, it isn’t always necessary to call in an expert to babyproof your house. You can buy child safety kits and babyproof your home on your own, too.
So here are a few easy safety tips and tricks you can use to make your home safer for the baby to explore.
Keep Dangerous Stuff Out of Reach
Most of us have specific places for all our stuff. When your baby is crawling, anything hazardous or even potentially dangerous has to be stored out of reach. Find
tables and other surfaces that are at least 3½ or 4 feet high to keep your stuff. Chemicals like cleaners and bleach should be out of sight in a lockable cabinet.
Phone chargers, laptop adapters, ashtrays, money, candles, fragile decorative ornaments, and anything your child would potentially use as a “teether” should be well
out of reach.
Get Rid of Floor Lamps and Vases
Once your baby is crawling, it is time for decorative household items like floor vases and lamps to go straight into storage. You don’t want your baby to get tangled
in the lamp wire or knock over the vase and get cut on broken glass.
Clear out Some Furniture to Make the Room More Spacious
Once your baby is crawling, it makes sense to rearrange your furniture in a way that there is plenty of uninterrupted floor space for your little one to crawl around.
You don’t have to do this to all rooms, just the one in which your baby spends most of his day. Relocate some furniture to other rooms, or put some furniture away into
storage. This will significantly lower the chances of your little one bumping into things or knocking his head on the corner of a table.
Bring Back the Furniture to Support Your Walking Baby
Once your baby graduates to the walking stage, it is time to bring back the furniture. Walking babies will initially need support to stand up. While they learn to
balance while walking, they will often stumble and having low furniture around will give them something to grab on to (thus preventing falls and potential injuries).
Baby Safety Gates are a Must for Homes with Staircases
If you have a staircase in your home, you have to get a baby safety gate
are no two ways about it. A crawling baby can easily tumble down the stairs if left unwatched even for a second. Walking babies may attempt to climb down themselves
and get seriously injured in the bargain.
Lock Away Dangerous Tools
This one is a no-brainer. Especially if tools are in the garage, and the garage door is left unlocked, you don’t want your baby to get anywhere near them. You could
consider having a lockable toolbox or cabinet to store your tools.
Hanging them on the wall may also be dangerous once the baby learns to climb onto the work surface.
Secure Heavy Furniture
Babies go from walking to climbing in no time at all. They will attempt to climb everything in sight and it is therefore imperative that all the furniture in your
house that could potentially topple over, be secured to the wall or the floor. You don’t want your bookshelf toppling over on to your precious little one.
Cover Your Pool with a Net
If you have a pool, you have to be extremely cautious about pool safety. Covering your pool with a net should do the trick (provided the net is tightly fastened to
poles near the pool). Another option would be to install a fence around the pool with a lockable gate so that even if your toddler did wander outside unattended, he
would be safe.
Consider Investing in a Foldable Play Pen
If you have tons of work to catch up on and need an hour or so of uninterrupted time, consider buying a foldable play pen. You can block off one area in your home,
fill it up with safe toys, cushions and blankets and let your baby play in there. You know that he/she is safe and can’t get out unless you let him/her out. These play
areas are particularly handy if you have more than one child.
Childproofing Is Not a One-time Thing
It is very important to understand that childproofing your home is not a one-time thing. As your baby grows and learns new skills, you will realize that more and more
things need to be kept out of reach. Be alert to your child’s habits and skills and anticipate ahead of time what could be a potential hazard so that you can eliminate
it before anything serous happens.
In all honesty, no amount of babyproofing or setting up fancy baby-safe equipment is going to guarantee that your child will not get hurt.
Babies and toddlers are bound to bump their heads or take a tumble once in a while, with or without babyproofing. The best home safety you can provide is constant,
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