When our little one is big enough to crawl and walk, there are numerous safety concerns that we must be aware of in order to protect them even when we are not keeping watch on them. Young children can be highly inquisitive and parents need to fully baby proof their home in order to make sure that their child is safe at all times. We fail to realise that there are numerous areas in the home that can be harmful to our baby besides the obvious safety hazards so doing some research into what areas to baby proof will help you make sure that you have all corners covered.
This might sound silly to some, but before you start to baby proof your home, you should get down on your hands and knees and crawl through your home. This will let you be at the same level as your baby and you will be able to see where your child could possibly get hurt and can proof those areas.
The first and most important baby proof step that you should start with is getting baby proof locks on all of your cupboards. Children can easily open cupboards under sinks on storage cupboards and take out anything that might be harmful to them such as cleaning agents or tools. In addition to placing baby proof locks on your cupboards, place your dangerous items in out of reach areas where your baby or child cannot get to them in order to be extra careful.
Plugs are highly dangerous if a child sticks their finger in them and severe electrocution can occur. Electricians advise that you get a specially made baby proof cover instead of using plastic plugs as once children are stronger, they can pull these plugs out. It is imperative that you also make sure that all electrical items are unplugged and placed out of babies reach as to not entice them with shiny things. It is also important that you cover all of your sharp corners in your home with something soft in order to baby proof areas that your kids could bump their heads on. The best suggestion is to use rubber foam as this will not be too much of an eyesore but will proof your baby from hurting him or herself.
As your child grows and changes, so will the hazards in your home. They grow taller and become stronger so it is important that you update your baby proof accessories and proofing routine on a monthly basis. There are an array of baby proofing products on the market today that will help in the process of baby proofing your home.