Whether it’s your first child or your fifth, it’s pretty much impossible for you to keep a watchful eye on them at all times. “You can’t leave a two-year-old alone!” your mother-in-law chides, and your common sense would have to agree. However, no parent is perfect.
Babyproofing doesn’t become an immediate necessity until your child begins to crawl, which happens between six and ten months old. After that, you can begin to put the following steps in place to make sure your home stays largely accident-free for your little one.
Get Rid of Blinds with Cords
Blinds certainly aren’t a necessity, and for the short time your child can’t be left alone in a room, ditch the blinds for some drapes (or cordless blinds, if you can find them). The long cords used to maneuver blinds are a choking hazard, so making this change should definitely be at the top of your list.
Block off the Staircases
Baby gates that you can easily step over should be placed at the entrances and exits to all staircases. The last thing you want is for your child to fall. You can purchase these gates at any baby product retailer.
Cover the Electrical Outlets
Kids are curious creatures, and you shouldn’t put it past them to try and stick things into the electrical outlets. If you have an outlet that’s low to the ground, put a safety cover over it. They’re inexpensive and simple to incorporate.
Lock the Toilet Seat Lids
Your child’s curiosity is likely to bring them to wonder what secrets lurk in the toilet water, which could result in disaster. Invest in locks for every toilet seat in the house.
Secure Large Furniture to the Wall
Whether it’s a shelf, a dresser, or a grandfather clock, if it can fall, make sure it’s secured to the wall. You can purchase easy-to-install furniture anchors at your local hardware store for easy babyproofing.
Use Common Sense
As a parent or guardian, you have the instincts and the knowledge to know what is and is not safe for a baby. If you see a cluster of electrical cords, move it. If you stumble upon cleaning chemicals that your child has easy access to, hide them.
Take notice of your surroundings and implement the necessary fixes. Babyproofing a home is much my convenient than dealing with the ensuing mishaps.
Editor’s Note: Julia Miglets is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.