Crawling around your home on your hands and knees may seem a rather strange thing to do, but if you are the parent of a baby just learning to move this will give you a brilliant perspective on what dangers your little one might encounter on their exciting journeys. Parenting websites recommend baby-proofing be done when your child is around 3-6 months of age, preferably before he or she can crawl and starts opening cabinets or trying to climb the stairs.
Secure the top and bottom of stairs with baby safety gates, choosing gates which are right for your home and which are securely mounted, not pressure fit types. Windows should be fitted with child-proof locks and cords from window blinds should be secured out of reach. Fit slam stoppers to doors so little fingers don’t get jammed and add corner protectors to all sharp corners on tables and cupboards. Turning door handles upside down will stop your toddler getting into other rooms in the house.
Kitchens can be one of the most dangerous areas in your home, so move all household cleaning products into higher units out of harm’s way and fit child-proof locks to all cupboard drawers and doors. A fridge or freezer lock would also be very useful to prevent little ones from getting into food and liquids. As toddlers like to try and pull themselves up by whatever surface is handy, try to only use the back elements of your cooker, and install a cooker guard to ensure little fingers stay away from anything which could burn them.
By following our infographic you should be able to make a checklist of all hazardous areas that need attention both inside and outside your home and then you can sit back and enjoy all the wonders a new baby brings.
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