Before you know it, little Cooper or Lucy will be toddling up a storm, and there will be no place in your home that is off limits to their wandering gaze.
Childproofing your home can be a significant undertaking, so we’ve provided some simple tips to help keep your little ones safe in your home. Please note this is not an exhaustive list and to discuss other ways to baby-proof your property, speak to your local Raine & Horne agent.
Pots, pans and shiny knives are magnets for little fingers. As a matter of fact, the kitchen is probably the most dangerous room in the house when you throw in poisonous liquids such as insecticides and cleaning solutions. Start by relocating potentially lethal materials and sharp objects into locked cupboards or storage spaces well beyond the reach of little ones.
Ovens and stoves, as well as boiling pots and pans, have the potential to cause harm. Using the backburners of your stove is worth considering – and turning the pot and pan handles inwards and away from exploring hands is another safety-first strategy.
The bathroom – or the “fun room” at bath time – is also potentially dangerous for tiny tots. The best way to baby-proof the bathroom when it’s unoccupied is to keep the door shut. Lock all cupboards to keep toddlers from swallowing perfumes, aftershaves, soaps and other potentially toxic potions – keep the razors locked away too. Quarantine all medicines, including vitamins, in a cupboard up high and out of reach. Also remember to empty the bathtub after use.
Stairs and Hallways
Falls from stairs are especially perilous, so be sure to install gates before your child starts crawling. Toddlers are often spellbound by staircases so you’ll need to ensure access to the stairs is controlled. According to best-price.com, baby gates for stairs start from around $60. Gates are a great way to prevent falls – although you’ll be surprised how quickly children learn to climb stairs with some guidance and encouragement from mum and dad.
Plenty of diligent parents will also cover all power points in the hallways and other rooms to prevent electrical jolts. If you’d like some electrical protection, a Gee-Whiz double power point protector from Bunnings will set you back about $10.
Other tips for safeguarding toddlers
- Secure excess blind cords to remove a choking hazard. For child safety guidelines in relation to blinds and curtains, check out the Fair Trading website in your state.
- Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home and outside bedrooms.
- All swimming pools and spas need a fence and gates that meet the relevant standards in your state or territory.