Are you lucky enough to have brought a brand new child into the world? Having a baby is one of the most joyful occasions for any young parent, but you’ll need to proactively think about making the house safer. Today, let’s look at five home babyproofing steps you should take.
- Stair gates
Little ones are susceptible to falling down (or even up) the stairs and causing themselves a real issue. Prevent that from happening by installing a gate which stops them from getting too close to the edge of the stairs.
When thinking about the best kind of stair gate to get, weigh up what kind of device would work best for your child, in your house. Whether it’s a screw-in gate or a pressure-fit, you’ll be able to baby-proof effectively with this incredibly simple step.
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- Keep toxic substances out of reach
Things like bleach, clothes softener and weed killer are all potentially deadly substances, and absolutely have to be kept out of the reach of young children. The bottles are often colourful and would naturally appeal to young kids.
While toddlers might be able to differentiate between something they should and shouldn’t be putting in your system, the same is definitely not true of babies. Whatever age your kid is, don’t take the risk.
- Baby monitor
We all loved walkie talkies as kids, but now they have a genuine purpose. Keeping track of your child’s night time habits will go a long way to ensuring they’re in as good a health as possible.
Baby video monitors have a number of benefits, with some of the most notable including being able to see if the child is facing any dangerous situations, or finding it easy to fall asleep. Resist the temptation to sit and watch the monitor constantly, though.
- Use door guards
Small children run the risk of accidentally getting their hands caught in door frames, so make sure to do your best to lower the chances of one of them slamming shut suddenly.
You can do this by installing a number of soft foam protectors which attach to the top of doors to prevent them from closing all the way. These will stop the possibly of trapped fingers, without causing any damage to the existing door or frame.
- Bath thermometer
The temperature of your baby’s bath should be roughly 37 degrees until they’re 6 months old, with water levels covering their shoulders – as they’re unable to regulate their body temperature at this point.
Having a thermometer on hand to ensure the conditions never rise above this level is the best way to guarantee they aren’t going to experience too hot or too cold a bath during these crucial early months of their lives.
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Have these babyproofing tips helped you to think more about ensuring the safety of your child in the future? We hope you listen to our advice and guarantee your little one doesn’t fall into trouble in the future.