Baby Proof: Preparing for When Your Baby Starts to Walk

It’s only a matter of time before your little one starts to explore on their own. As exciting as it is to see them grow, it can also be nerve-wracking when you think about all the dangers they’re now exposed to. One of the biggest concerns for parents is childproofing their homes. When your little child is prancing about in girls sandals, you want to make sure she’s safe without the risk of falling and hurting on some edge you could’ve prevented. This blog post will provide you with a guide on how to prepare your home for when your baby starts to walk. Follow these tips, and your child will be safe and sound!

Install Gates At The Top And Bottom Of Stairs

This is one of the most important things you can do to childproof your home. Once your baby starts walking, they can explore much more of the house on their own. Gates will prevent them from going up or down stairs, which could be dangerous. Place locks on cabinets with hazardous chemicals or items that could be swallowed. Protecting floors with gates would also help if they’re prone to slipping. For example, if you have a lot of hardwood floors, put gates at the top and bottom of the stairs. Lining up toy boxes in a row would also create boundaries for them to stay within.

Place Locks On Cabinets With Dangerous Chemicals Or Items That Could Be Swallowed

It would be best if you also placed locks on cabinets that contain dangerous chemicals or items that could be swallowed. This is to prevent your child from getting into something that could harm them. Ideally, keep toxic chemicals like utensil cleaners out of reach altogether. But if that’s not possible, make sure they’re at least locked up. Block off areas of the house that are unsafe, such as fireplaces and staircases. Another option is to use child safety devices like knob covers. These fit over the handles of cabinets and drawers, making them impossible for small hands to open.

Hang Curtains Or Put Up A Blockade Around Windows To Prevent Falls

If you have windows in your home, it’s essential to take measures to prevent falls. Hanging curtains is one option. This will not only keep your child from falling out of the window but also give you some privacy. Another option is to put up a blockade around the perimeter of the window. This can be done with furniture or other objects. You can also use window guards, which are metal bars that attach to the window frame and limit how far the window can open. Keep cords for blinds and other electronics out of reach.

Keep Cords For Blinds And Other Electronics Out Of Reach

Cords from blinds and other electronics can be dangerous for small children. If they get tangled up in them, it could lead to choking or strangulation. To prevent this, keep cords out of reach. You can do this by tucking them behind furniture or tying them up high. Another option is to use cord shorteners. These attach to the outlet and shorten the cord, making it easier to keep out of reach. You can also buy covers for outlets. These fit over the outlet and prevent anything from being plugged in.

Invest In Safety Plugs For Electrical Outlets 

As your baby starts to explore, they will inevitably come across electrical outlets. While these may not seem like a big deal to you, they can be dangerous for your child. If they stick their fingers or other objects into an outlet, it could lead to electrocution. To prevent this, invest in safety plugs for electrical outlets. These plugs fit into the outlet and block off the holes. This way, even if your child sticks something into the outlet, they won’t be able to get electrocuted.

Place Non-Slip Mats In The Tub And Shower To Prevent Slips And Falls

Another hazard in the home is the bathroom. Wet floors can be very slippery, especially for small children. Place non-slip mats in the tub and shower to prevent slips and falls. These mats create a textured surface that will help your child keep their footing. It would help if you also considered getting a shower seat. This will allow your child to sit down while they’re taking a shower, preventing them from slipping and falling. Finally, always keep the bathroom door closed when it’s not in use. This will prevent your child from wandering in and getting hurt.

Use Doorstops To Prevent Your Child From Opening Doors That Could Lead To Dangerous Places

As your child starts to walk, they will want to explore every corner of the house. This can be dangerous if doors lead to the outside or other dangerous areas of the home. To prevent this, use doorstops. Doorstops fit under the door and prevent it from being opened. This way, even if your child tries to open the door, they won’t be able to get through. You can also use a gate at the top of the stairs. This will block off access to dangerous areas and keep your child safe.

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