There’s a lot involved when it comes to getting your home ready and baby-proof for your little ones, and that’s before you have to worry about them getting up, toddling about, and causing trouble when thTey start walking around the house. Preparing your living room, the kitchen, the bedrooms and everything in between can seem like a huge task to undertake. Just a few simple fixes, like locking away cupboards and removing any dangerous items while creating a healthy, safe environment can get you well on the way to a baby-proof home.
Start With the Baby-Proof Furniture
Your baby is likely to start crawling and to really start moving around when they are anywhere between 7 to 10 months old, so it’s best to be prepared for this baby milestone early on by getting the furniture in your home completely baby-proof. The real key is to make things soft, and you may need to invest in a new coffee table or get rid of those pointy edges completely to keep things safe. Buying rugs and cushions to keep around the living room and the bedrooms is an easy way to start softening up.
Install Baby-Proof Safety Gates
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The next challenge will inevitably involve the danger of the stairs. It’s best to get those safety gates installed because even if your little one has started confidently crawling around the living room, those steep staircases are another, more dangerous challenge altogether. Having solid safety gates at the top and bottom of your stairs will give you peace of mind when they start to go wandering.
Don’t Overlook Your Home’s Air Quality
It might not seem like the most pressing topic when it comes down to making your home baby-proof, what with all the sharp corners to soften and stair gates to get installed, but for your baby’s health and long-term well-being it’s important to check and control your home’s air quality to create a healthy environment for your baby to grow up in. This can be easily done using HVAC (home ventilation and air conditioning) systems to improve and control the quality of your air.
Lock up the Cupboards and Lock Away Dangerous Objects
Locking up any low standing cupboards or drawers in your home will prevent your baby from getting into situations you’d rather keep them away from. Go around the home and thoroughly check that anything within reach of those little hands is secured. At the same time, always make sure that anything that could be even remotely dangerous is entirely out of reach or safely locked away.
There are so many different hazards and different scenarios to contemplate when you are baby-proofing your home, there really is a lot you can do to make your house safe. Start by focusing on the furniture, installing stair safety gates, improving the quality of the air and of course, locking away anything dangerous and soon enough you’ll find that your home is ready to handle your active and mobile young ones.