With a baby on the way, you might be panicking about how to make your home safer. But worry no longer! Here to make your child-proofing task a little easier, we’ve highlighted the most high-risk areas around the house that you’ll have to take note of.
1. Purses and Backpacks
Firstly, keep handbags and purses out of reach by placing them on high tables, tightly secured closets, or locked rooms. This is because seemingly harmless everyday products such as makeup, hand sanitisers, moisturisers, keys, and mints can be potential choking hazards or fatal when ingested by your baby. Likewise, sure to do the same with the bags of any house guest, since you can’t be keeping an eye on your baby at all times.
Curious babies may want to go around exploring every window in the house, meaning that you’ll have to find a way to secure all your windows and make sure that the window ledge is out of reach. Also, try to place any object that could be used by your baby to climb up to the window such as potted plants, shoe racks, drawers, or sofas. If you want to be completely safe, you can always install window grails with gaps that are too small for your baby to go through. Another thing to take note of are long curtain cords that may cause accidental strangulation. To prevent this, get into the habit of tying the cords together and hanging them out of reach.
3. Kitchen Counter
It is also important to keep all your sharp utensils such as knives, forks, and chopsticks in high and locked drawers. After cooking or cleaning, always double-check to make sure that any choking hazards like grapes or small dish sponges are kept out of sight. Also, ensure that your gas is always turned off when not in use, and do not leave any breakable or heavy objects like kettles or bowls on the edge of the kitchen counter, as they may easily be knocked down and injure your infant.
4. Hard Furniture
A baby’s head is perhaps the most fragile part of their body and needs to be protected at all times. To prevent any head injuries, you may want to purchase corner and edge guards for all your lose rise furniture like tables, chair, and drawers. These are the things that are most likely to get your baby injured since they are just at the height of a crawling baby’s head. To be extra cautious, move any flimsy or loose items like chairs or thin vases out of the way to make sure that they won’t topple down on your child if he/she happens to bump into them.
5. Electrical Outlets
All electrical outlets in your house should be turned off if not in use, and kept well out of reach from your baby. Although they seem mundane and uninteresting to you, these sockets may be intriguing toys for your curious infant, who can easily be electrocuted while playing with them. In addition, ensure that all cables and wires are kept hidden such as those behind the TV or house phone to prevent your babies from chewing or getting tangled in them.
If you live in a multi-storey house, you’ll need to block both entrances to the stairs with baby gates. Babies have not yet learnt to crawl properly, much less climb up and down stairs, which means that they run the risk of being severely injured when toppling down a long flight of stairs. Do remember to conduct regular checks the make sure that the gate is well-locked and secure.
7. Medicine Cabinet
While you look at your medicine cabinet and see bitter pills, your baby may look at it and see a cabinet full of exciting new sweets. So in order to prevent any unwanted consumption of medication, be sure to purchase locks for all cabinets or drawers that contain potentially poisonous or medical substances.
With a baby around, it’s always a good idea to keep the toilet door close and the toilet seat down. Even though it seems unlikely that your infant will get drown or get hurt in with the little water in the toilet bowl, it’s better to be safe than sorry. To make your bathroom even more baby-friendly, you can purchase non-slip mats for all your bathrooms, especially on areas that collect the most water such as under the sink and by the shower or bathtub, so that your little one, who is still clumsy on their feet, will have a safer bath time.