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Published on : May 8, 2019 09:51

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Top tips for babyproofing your home


Adults often feel as though their house is a safe haven for their little ones, but it’s rather incredible what kids can highlight to any parent as a hazard in the home.

Once your child becomes more independent and mobile, they can find a hazard in most rooms of your house.

It’s a good idea for you to create a baby proofing checklist to ensure that you have got everything in place for when they do start crawling…


Get rid of tripping hazards


One key step is to ensure there are no objects that could be dangerous for your children to fall on.

Inevitably, there are going to be a few lumps and bumps when your little ones are learning to walk, so it’s best to make sure the floor space is clear and safe.

Small changes include covering furniture in plastic or blankets to ensure there are no sharp corners to fall on. A crucial one is installing a baby gate to prevent your baby from falling on the stairs.


Protect little fingers


A lot of little areas you may not automatically think of that could harm your child and their small hands.

Hinge protectors can be a fantastic way to protect your little one against everyday objects around the house, including an ironing board, deckchairs and doors.

They’re a great invention to stop little fingers getting trapped or pinched, so we’d highly recommend investing in these.

Luckily, British plug sockets have a shutter to prevent electric shocks if any fingers manage to wiggle their way inside, but plug protectors are still recommended.


Furniture


Children are very inquisitive and chances are they will pull or tug at anything within eyesight, so any tall or heavy pieces of furniture should be secured to the wall.

Children also love to climb, for example, your baby may attempt to climb a bookcase. Fastening these to the wall makes sure that they will not be squished by these heavy pieces of furniture.


Stay on the ball


Your developing children will try to play with, climb on or chew on more or less anything you leave lying around.

If you are throwing any dangerous objects away, such as batteries, plastic bags or broken glass, it is wise for you to take it outside immediately.

Alternatively, put the bin somewhere out of reach for your children.

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