Babyproofing a Home

There is nothing more important to parents than keeping their children safe and happy. Enjoying the peace of mind that comes with a fully babyproofed home can make for much less stress in the home, and allow the children to explore their environment without the need for constant parental observation. When an infant is not watched for as short a time as just a few seconds, there are many parts of the average home that can be extremely dangerous to their safety. Homes should be babyproofed before the infant is even brought home from the hospital for the first time, because even a newborn infant faces dangers in the home, many of which most patrents might not consider.

There are two ways to safely babyproof a home, aside from constant parental observation; it can be done by the parents themselves, trying to make sure that every single possible danger to a newborn infant within the home is eradicated, or a company can be contacted for professional assistance. There are companies, like Kiddie Proofers, that will come to the home and point out each and every possible danger that could cause harm to an infant, and propose the best ways to eradicate those dangers with the best poroducts on the market. These companies are staffed by professionals who are industry certified, and they will offer suggestions as to how to make those dangerous situations safe for the infants, and bring a new level of confidence in their infants’ safety within the home.

When a home is being babyproofed by the parents, there are many things that must be addressed, mainly what aspects or areas in the home could cause the curious little wandering mind to be injured or become ill. Drawers that house chemicals, cupboards with cleaning supplies in them, bathroom vanities, stairs and balconies, doors and windows; they can all be the cause of serious injury or even death to an infant who is simply curious as to what is in that cupboard, drawer or closet. Stairs are one of the most common causes for infants to be injured within the home, and having properly fitted gates, custom installed so that the child can’t overcome them is paramount in babyproofing any home.

During an infant’s first years, their minds are like sponges and their imaginations are boundless. What lies beyond a simple cupboard, which likely houses steak knives and other sharp kitchen-related implements, can be a death knell for an infant. Any cupboard, drawer or cabinet door needs to be locked to ensure that the infant never gets their hands on the contents, nor is able to use them as stepping stones to climb up onto counter tops, where further dangers await.

Many parts of the average new home are great for many people connected to social networking, and for those who have their homes wired for home theatre there are even more things to be considerate of when trying to protect their infant from harm. From electrical outlets to simple speaker wire connections, if a child were to insert one of their metal-based toys or any metal object into a socket, the energy surge could easily harm them, especially if it were an electrical outlet. Socket covers with locks on them should be considered for each and every outlet that is within the child’s reach, and outlets that aren’t currently in use should have their covers taken off and full plates installed in their places.

It may be cute to see an infant sleeping or playing on their parent’s or elder sibling’s beds, but when they happen to climb up there on their own, it suddenly becomes a danger zone where, if they were to fall the wrong way off of the bed, they could be injured, paralyzed or killed. And, the worries really start when the realization hits home that this isn’t the worst, or even the most dangerous part of the home for an infant. For that, the front and rear doors take the prize, especially if the family or a neighbour has a pool in the backyard.

Self-locking doors may seem like a great idea for people with newborn or growing infants, but when a child makes it outside of the home, there should be an alarm that makes the people inside aware of the impending dangers for an infant outside unattended. There are alarms for doors, windows, stair gates and cupboards, drawers and closets, and each one that isn’t locked to prevent the infant’s access should be alarmed. Different types of alarms, from high-pitched to drumming sounds can be programmed into the alarms that are rung when a door is opened. One area that most parents overlook is the hot water faucet, which, when an infant gets their hands on it, can cause major burns or scalding. Having a hot water cutoff valve at each sink and in the bathtub is a very important aspect of babyproofing the home.

To be safest, it is always best that professionals be contacted when the safety of an infant is at issue. There are companies that will come by and, at the parent’s leisure, point out every possible danger to their infants, and describe the various workarounds that can make those dangers less ominous, or eliminate them altogether. There are alarms that can alert parents and care givers to any possible dangers in the home as they rear their ugly heads. After all, when it comes to the safety of an infant, a few hundred dollars to ensure the peace of mind that a child is safe will seem like pennies while the child is wandering around, investigating their surroundings and relenting to their imagination.