Baby proofing

Once baby is mobile, even at the rolling stage, you should start to protect baby and your house! You’ll be surprised how quickly babies catch on to where everything is and where they would like to stick their fingers or have a nosey, even where the goodies are stored.

But with small babies accidents can happen easily. You need to have eyes in the back of your head to protect them. So the minute baby is mobile you need to start baby proofing, making your home as safe as possible. Although you may feel like your home is on lockdown, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Mothers are always multi-tasking, it’s amazing how many things we can do at once. But be careful not to do too many things at once. Never carry your baby and hot food or drink at the same time, this can cause a serious accident. Don’t hold baby while cooking and turn all pot handles towards the back of the cooker. Secure oven door with an appliance latch.

Don’t use crib bumpers, drop side cribs or soft, fluffy bedding. Toy mobiles should be removed once baby begins to get up on his/her hands & knees in the cot. Also when baby starts to climb up the cot place the mattress in the lowest position.

Use doorstops to protect baby from catching their fingers. Put safety plugs in sockets and where possible cover sockets with furniture – money saver tip. Hide electrical cords behind furniture and put hair dryers, toasters, irons well out of reach. Another money saver is to use hair bobbins on double knob presses.

Install window locks on any locks baby can gain access to; this will be especially important when your baby reaches toddler stage. Cut blind cords and invest in blind cord winders or blind cord stoppers as these can be extremely dangerous. One thing that is a must-buy is a stair gate; it’s the first place babies usually go and one of the most dangerous places in a house for a baby.

Baby proofing the fireplace guard is another must-do. A fireplace guard should be left in place at all times. Use special padding or rubber strips on any sharp edges. Clips for presses are usually an essential too. Magnetic press locks are recommended as baby cannot catch their fingers but these are more expensive. It is a good idea to keep one press accessible to baby, filled with tupperware. This will distract baby from trying to get into other presses.

Remove anything that will fall over if they climb on it, or move it somewhere where they can’t get at it. Secure flatscreen TV with TV straps, although this will not prevent them from pressing on and off!

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