How To Baby-Proof Your House
For expecting parents, baby-proofing is one of the most important methods of preparing to bring your bundle of joy home for the first time. A house is filled with points of danger for infants and toddlers, and these need to be pinpointed and covered for maximum safety. Children are curious by nature and find truly unique ways of entertaining themselves. Unfortunately, this comes with a fair amount of risk in modern homes.
Things to consider:
The mind boggles when you sit down to think about every aspect of baby-proofing. It’s not just about covering corners, securing staircase access and covering electrical sockets. In fact, almost every function in the home has to be reconsidered when it’s time to baby-proof.
For instance, have you considered the dimensions of your baby-cot? It’s advised that the spacing between each slat is less than 6cm. Furthermore, safety gates with large openings must also be avoided, especially for smaller children. Childproof cabinet locks also need to be considered, as do electrical cords, wires and outlets. Another consideration is to reset your thermostat; it is recommended that your geyser should be reset to 48°C, as your baby’s bath water should be around 37°C. And that’s not all.
What you’ll need:
According to Baby Proof (the South African suppliers of all your baby proofing requirements), there are a number of things you’ll need to successfully baby-proof your home which includes the following:
- Outlet plug covers
- Drawer, cabinet, oven and toilet locks
- Door stoppers
- Edge guards
- Corner bumpers
- Safety decals (for sliding doors and glass applications)
- Cabinet latches
- Blind cord wind-ups
- Window restrictors
- Non-slip bath tub applications
- Security gates
DIY or professional:
When it comes to baby-proofing your home, it doesn’t hurt to bring a professional in and do an on-site analysis. While research will certainly guide you in the right direction, having a consultant come in will give you access to professional advice, and they tend to consider the things we sometimes forget.
When most commission a design for their home, it is uncommon to accommodate for children prior to having them; and the professionals will be able to assist with points you might not have thought to consider by completing a thorough inspection, as well as with questions pertaining to your home lifestyle.
When the day comes to bring home your family’s newest addition, it’ll be no time at all before you hear the sounds of pattering feet, laughing, crying and clapping. Once your home is successfully baby-proofed, you’ll be able to enjoy all the thrills of parenting without the anxiety of safety in the home.
Remember that when sourcing professionals to assist you in this, baby-proofing needs to be a complete application and the professionals are responsible for creating a safe environment for your child. To that end, safety products must be sourced from reputable companies.
Sources: Baby Proof online, Parenting online, The Beehive South Africa online