Waiting for and finally watching your baby crawl are proud moments for every parent. But we need to make sure our home is child – friendly.
Simple Tips on How to Childproof of Your Home
- Crawl through your house to get a baby’s eye view. Remove anything that seems dangerous or is precious to you.
- Secure cupboard, drawer with childproof locks.
- Cover all electrical sockets with childproof plugs.
- Avoid furniture with rough or sharp edges. If you cannot avoid such, buy corner guards and install it in the furniture.
- Mount the TV on the wall properly.
- Keep dangling cords out of reach of children.
- Secure heavy items like appliances, pots, mirrors and frames.
- Do not give a toy that is small enough to fit through a 1-1/4-inch circle or is smaller than 2-1/4 inches long for children under 4 years old.
- Parents should always be mindful of age recommendations on toy packages. Never allow your child to play with a toy intended for an older child.
- Install safety gates to block stairways at the bottom and top.
- Use doorknob covers for keeping little ones out of the areas you don’t want them wandering into.
- Use doorstops to protect your baby’s fingers.
- Keep hot food and beverages away from the edge of the table.
- Don’t use tablecloths because if the baby pulls, then everything on top of it will come crashing down.
- Use stove knob covers on each of your stove knobs.
- Make sure that sharp objects like knives, scissors and grinder blades are out of reach.
- Install a toilet seat lock.
- Regularly sweep to pick up small objects that your baby may pick up and put in the mouth.
- Empty the tub after use. Don’t leave children unattended in tub.
- Store plastic bags out of reach.
- Lock up the medicine.
- Go for eco-friendly cleaning liquids that don’t have harmful chemicals.
- Be sure all rugs and mats have non-skid bottoms to avoid slipping.
- Never let the child play on stairs unattended.
- Common household choke hazards should never be left within the reach of your child like coins, marbles, round watch batteries, pen or marker caps, small rubber toy car wheels, foam balls, buttons and plastic bottle caps or other items that compress small enough to fit in your child’s mouth,
Hope this helps.
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