Tips to Baby Proof your Home

When your child starts crawling, you probably instinctively know that you need to baby proof your house. Many parents do not know where to begin, but it is actually a very simple process. Just follow these three steps, and your home will be safe for your baby in a very short time.

Electrical Outlets and Cords

First of all, you need to focus on all the electrical outlets and electrical cords in your home. When babies begin teething, they like to gnaw on anything, including electrical wires. A very curious baby might even crawl over to an outlet and try to put a little finger inside of it.

In order to prevent this from happening, you should purchase electrical cord covers and socket plugs. They are very cheap at any baby supply store. You need to put these covers and plugs anywhere that baby might be able to reach. Don’t forget to put the covers and plugs behind televisions and other objects. You will be surprised at where your baby will be able to go when she is crawling.

Household Cleaning Products

The second thing you need to do is make sure that your baby can’t reach any household cleaning products. Many families place these products under bathroom and kitchen sinks. They are very poisonous and can be harmful to your baby if he consumes them.

In order to make your home more safe, you can put locks on each cabinet that holds cleaning products. If you do not feel like purchasing locks, you can simply move the products to a higher cabinet that is out of your baby’s reach.

Sharp Edges on Furniture

Finally, you need to think about all of the sharp edges that are on household furniture. Babies who are crawling tend to crawl headfirst into these edges. It will only become more dangerous when your child starts toddling, which will be sooner than you may expect. Then, your toddler may fall on the edges, which could lead to a trip to the emergency room.

If you truly want to baby proof your house, you need to buy furniture edge guards for all these sharp corners. For people on a tight budget, it is even possible to make these edge guards using foam or very soft material filled with cotton.

Your child’s curious little hands can get into all kinds of dangerous things, so it is your job as a parent to make sure that your home is properly baby proofed. Make sure to look for other areas of your specific home that may have a unique need to be baby proofed. Most importantly, you need to carefully supervise your baby at all times, because that is the best way to make sure that your child is safe and secure.