Whether you have a baby at home or have frequent visitors that bring babies with them, knowing how to baby proof your home can mean the difference between life and death. Whether you are a caregiver, grandparent, aunt, or uncle, baby proofing is your home is essential to keep your loved ones safe. Especially with the holiday season fast approaching, take a look at the ways you can secure your home for your baby or others.
Outlets and Electrical Hazards
Babies love to explore and that means they lick, stick, and poke at anything within their reach. Electrical outlets, surge protectors, and cords are all a real danger. If you just have children visiting for a short time, you can get away with covering your outlets with duct tape. For frequent visits or homes with babies, investing in outlet covers is essential.
Also, be sure that all surge protectors and cords are out of reach of small children. Cords should be replaced if the protective outer coating is damaged. Look for any signs of fraying or exposed wires. Surge protectors should be mounted out of reach of small children as they can easily expose the outlets by pulling out plugged-in devices.
Everything else around your home is also a danger for small children. From sharp corners on your furniture to tipping hazards and your window treatments – each area needs to be thoroughly inspected for potential hazards. For people with visiting children, simply tie-up blind cords and window treatments out of reach of children.
Other items may take a bit more work, or at best partitioning off rooms via the doors or baby gates to prevent access. Be sure to put dangerous chemicals, medications, and toxins out of reach. This includes cleaning chemicals, laundry chemicals, gasoline, and any other potentially harmful substances. Find a designated area that you can lock these items in when children visit.
Convenience is a great thing once your children are grown and they are old enough. Babies on the other hand, regardless of if they live in your home or are visitors are a whole other story. If you’d like to learn more about what products are available to baby-proof your home, read our article, Top Safety Products for the Most Curious Children and Babies.