A toddler who has just started crawling & start to discover the joy of exploring the new things on his own is a moment that melts every parent’s heart and fills parents with uneasiness. The best thing is that most injuries are foreseen and avoidable, and by properly baby-proofing, you can create a safe and secure area at home where your baby can explore and learn. Babyproofing your home gives protection to both your kids and your property. It can save minor injury, and often permanent disability or, in few cases, lives.
Your home can be a world of pain or the stage of victory for your new ones. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) & WHO (World Health Organization) reports say that every year, around 830,000 children die from unintentional or “accidental” injuries.
The vast majority of these injuries occur in low-income and middle-income countries. For those ages one to four, the most considerable percentage of injuries were sustained from falls, ingesting poisonous substances, burns, and being struck by objects.
The vast majority of these incidents take place in the familiar terrain of a child’s own home. Accidents both at home and away are the leading cause of death in children and teenagers.
It’s essential to make your home babyproof before your child starts crawling.
And if you’re not comfortable doing it yourself, you can hire a professional for this as they know what works and what doesn’t very well.
Every house will have its own predefined needs, but here are some baby-proofing checklists most parents should do it:
Every day, more than 400 children are treated for accidental poisoning, and approximately 50 dies. Here are some ways to poison-proof your home and protect your child.
To start, keep in mind those everyday household items — such as mouthwash, laundry detergent pods, and essential oils — can be hazardous to a child. They all should be out of reach & placed in locked cabinets.
Common Household Poisons
Kitchen and Laundry
- Laundry detergent pods, powders, liquids
- Dishwasher pods, powders, liquids
- Food extracts, such as vanilla and almond
- Ammonia-based cleaners
- Bleach products
- Baby bottle cleaners
- Floor polish and liquid floor cleaners
- Oven cleaners
- Stain removers and ironing aids
- Mouthwash, perfume, and aftershave
- Cosmetics and personal care products
- Soaps, body wash, shampoos and conditioners
- Hair dyes and hairsprays
- Nail and shoe polish
- Nail polish remover
- Nail glue removers
- Drain openers and toilet bowl cleaner
Bedroom And Living Areas
- Room deodorizers, potpourri, and incense
- CD and DVD cleaners
- Cigarette butts, electronic cigarettes, and refills
Garage And Shed
- Rat and insect poisons
- Automotive products
- Gardening products (weed killers and fertilizers)
- Epoxies and resins (coatings, varnishes, etc.)
Above mentioned, all the things should be placed in a locked cabinet & it’s essential to know that child-resistant does not mean childproof.
Infants look around when you bathe them, and want to explore the place once again by their terms. You need to make sure that your bathroom doesn’t become their playground.
- Never leave your baby alone in the bathtub or move someone to supervise them. Your child should be within an arm’s reach at all times. Collect all the bathing supplies you will need in advance, and if you have to leave to answer the door or take a phone call, take your child with you.
- Install door locks to make sure the doors are correctly closed because these locks are out of reach, and kids cannot access them when they are playing inside a room or crib.
- Keep all the things at some height where your kids unable to reach like cosmetics, cleaners, medicines, soaps, shampoos, and other items.
- Unplug all electrical equipment such as geyser, dryers, shaving instruments, hair curlers, etc., after being used and stored safely.
- Make sure that any sharp-edged tools such as nail cutter, safety razor, scissors, etc., are stored securely in a cabinet.
- Set the geyser temperature to a minimum after use. This helps in avoiding any kind of injury.
- Empty all buckets after using & ensure that the taps are adequately locked so that kids cannot open it again.
- Toilets are one of the most dangerous and hazardous places. It can be a good supporter for a baby to stand and peek inside, which may be the result of the baby falling in the pot.
- Make sure to close the toilet lid after use.
- Use a temporary lock on the toilet lid, if possible.
- Place non-slippery doormats near the toilet to avoid any accidents.
The concept of a door in itself is relatively curious for a baby as they take to investigating the hinges and the sounds of the door before they try to fulfill their curiosity, best to use baby-proofing products.
- Use another door latch over an existing lock, making it difficult for the baby to open the door.
- Some doorknob covers for door handles are available in the market, protecting them from grabbing the handle.
- If a particular door exists in a part of your house that is frequently used, get child safety door finger pinch guards for that door that are kids friendly & ensure that doors close softly, so that kid’s fingers do not get hurt if they try to close the doors.
It’s not possible to have babies supervised at all times in a bedroom. So, it’s best to take some precautions out here to ensure your baby is safe in the bedroom.
- Use baby proof sockets for all electrical switches in the bedroom.
- Do not sleep your child on the bed when nobody is in the bedroom. Otherwise, use pillows all around the baby when sleeping on the bed. It will reduce the chances of falling from bed.
- If a baby is sleeping in a crib, then doubly ensure that a crib is secure. The crib bars should leave no space for the baby to get their head stuck between them.
- When the baby sleeps, do not cover them with heavy blankets or pillows as they can be at risk of dying from suffocation.
- Place all-electric equipment, lamps, chargers, etc., away from easy reach, and secure.
- Keep their sleeping place (crib or bed) away from the windows & blinds, as dangling cords are a strangulation hazard.
- Make sure their cribs don’t have any sharp edges, as it can harm your baby.
Babies like to see outside view from the windows as that is new for them. It can be their favorite part of the home. But, we have to protect them as most of the unfortunate incidents also occur because of them.
- Apply childproof latches on your windows.
- Install grill gates and healthy bars for your windows is highly recommended.
- It’s best to replace blind cords with ones shorter in length.
With baby clothing, we generally look for fascinating clothes. However, the comfort and care of them should also matter.
- The clothes should not prick on the baby’s skin. Otherwise, they will be uncomfortable.
- The clothes should not be very tight; otherwise, kids will not be able to breathe correctly. They will be very uncomfortable after wearing them.
- If the dress has any belt or lace, make sure that they aren’t close to the neck.
- Choose clothing material with less chance of causing any allergy or rashes to your baby’s skin. Light cotton & soft clothes are a good option.
Overseeing your child while driving a car is not an easy task, nor is it recommended. The safety of both you and your child is essential.
- Use only certified baby car seats and equipment in your car.
- Ensure that your child is safely fastened in the seat at all times.
- Never leave your baby alone inside the car.
- Never park the car with closed windows, when your baby has inside with you. It will feel them suffocation & the result will be death.
Electrical pieces of equipment are the most dangerous things at every house since it is present nearly everywhere. Special care is very needed in baby-proofing of such material.
- Make sure all electrical sockets must be covered with baby-proofing electrical socket covers.
- Heavy electrical, electronic items such as refrigerator, washing machine, grinder, juicer, television, vacuum cleaner, etc.. must be secured well.
- Do not keep any chargers plugged in and powered on without devices connected to them.
- Place furniture in front of these electrical outlets to make them harder to find and hiding power leads so your baby can’t see them.
- Talking to your child as they grow and teaching them about electrical dangers.
First Aid At Home
Injuries and wounds may happen any time after keeping your best to best safety precautions. The best thing that can be done is to be prepared with a first aid box.
- Keep a first-aid box always ready to address any uninvited injuries & wounds.
- The basics of the box, such as bandages, cotton, ointments, antibiotics, lotions, and creams, should be present always at home.
- Maintain an ice-pack in your refrigerator & hot pack bags to be used in swellings, inflammation, or injuries.
Forbidden Area/Restricted Area
Certain small areas in our homes or cabinets are generally used to keep away the things we don’t need, expensive items, or even cleaning acids that might be unsafe. These areas are the first choice of any kids for exploring ideas.
- Keep all these unsafe areas locked all the time with a secure lock and necessary arrangement.
- Install grill gates outside the door of these areas with baby-proofing latches.
Babies love pushing chairs around and like to sit on them like grown-ups. This is the reason they frequently harm themselves with them.
- Keep heavy and expensive chairs well-secured in your room.
- When seated, make sure your baby is securely strapped in.
Babies love to play in the water, which can be dangerous if unsupervised. Keeping a few things in mind:
- Never leave the baby unattended even for a minute.
- Ensure that the water’s temperature is safe for the baby to be dipped or bathed in as their skin is susceptible.
- Near swimming pools or on beaches, make sure the baby is wearing safety equipment like floaters and swim rings.
Your child spends most of the time with the things readily available in their surroundings like toys & electronic items like mobiles, laptops, tablets, vessels in the kitchen, etc. and try to use them in every way possible. Ensure that they don’t harm your child in any way.
- Always buy toys made up of kid-friendly materials such as cotton & fur-free metal as they try to take them in a mouth.
- Avoid small plastic toys that may be choking hazards.
- Avoid giving toys that are easily assembled & dismantle as they can take the tiny parts of toys in the mouth, which will be the result of choking.
Babies never mind with the sunlight because they always love to go outside, play & see new things in their surroundings.
- Don’t let your child in the sun for extended hours.
- Make sure they apply sunscreen of the right SPF – Sunscreen Protection From
- Use hats or umbrellas to protect from the sun’s heat.
- Make sure the child keeps drinking water or juices to stay hydrated.
Fires at home can be caused by even slight negligence of a safety norm. It’s best to double-check and ensure your house is free of a fire-risk.
- In case of any electrical issue, make sure it is fixed as soon as possible.
- Gas-powered stoves and cooking apparatus should be turned off when not in use. Turn off the source, if required.
- Electric ovens, induction cookers, and other electric cooking equipment should be unplugged when not used.
Accidental burns are excruciating. But they can be very well presented with a few precautions.
- Keep candle lighters and cigarette lights away from your baby’s reach.
- After using matchsticks, dispose of the used sticks immediately and place the box in a secure location.
- Also, do not allow your baby anywhere near the kitchen, especially while cooking, as some mishap could lead to burns or more fatal injuries.
Preventing Falls/Don’t Leave The Baby Alone.
Falls usually occur when there’s no supervision or when it happens too quickly to react and undertake corrective action.
- When seating the child on an elevation, make sure they are secured in their seat.
- Use buckle straps when they are seated in high chairs.
- Cushion the area around them with rugs and blankets.
Babies learn to walk around the home by using furniture in their vicinity for support. That is why furniture can also become the first point of injury and harm for a baby.
- Make sure any heavy-set furniture is fixed to the wall behind it or secured to it.
- Have magnetic latches on all doors of your furniture and cabinets so that the doors are closed.
- Mount baby locks on easy-to-reach doors, preventing them from bringing any harm upon themselves.
Every eye-catching object is a toy for your munchkin, and your little scientist is sure to want to explore everything left out for his benefit. While it may not be possible for you to keep an eye on him all the time, baby-proofing the house will go a long way in setting your mind at rest.