How to babyproof house – bedroom – bed

Babies usually start crawling around after 10 months to explore their curiosity and surroundings. Here are some tips to baby-proof your household: 

Cot/Bed

In their earlier months, babies cannot move much, so be careful of suffocation if there is bedding covering their face. Too much bedding can also make them overheat, as babies cannot regulate their temperature. Best to remove all the cushions, toys and bedding in their cot until your baby is at least one year old. To ensure that your baby does not get too hot, place them on their back, with feet at the foot of their bed and blanket tucked across their chest and under their arms.

Bedroom and Living Room

When your baby is about four months old, he or she will start kicking, wriggling and grabbing things – so do not leave them on any raised surfaces, such as sofa, tables or unsecured chairs, even for a second, as they can fall off the surface. Be careful of small objects or toys nearby within their reach, as they could grab them and put them in their mouths. Balls, marbles and small Lego pieces are common choking hazards. 

Bathroom

Babies can drown in just 5 cm of water – so be very careful and keep watch. Never leave your baby unattended during bath time. Even bath seats are not foolproof safety devices. Also, always remember to check the water temperature to prevent scalding. Best if you can keep the bathroom locked, as bathroom cabinets often contain harmful cleaners – and toddlers often like opening cabinets. 

Stairs

Many parents invest in safety gates, and for good reasons. Installing security gates at the top and bottom of your stairs can stop children from trying to climb them and dangerously rolling down the stairs. Check the security gates regularly as they may become loose. If your stairs’ bannisters have gaps and are wider than 6.5cm, make sure to cover these gaps with safety netting or boards to prevent your toddler from climbing or falling through. 

Doors and Windows

Install your doors with guards that stop doors from fully closing so that it does not trap your toddler’s hands and cause much pain and agony. Install locks or safety catches on your windows to prevent toddlers from opening them for more than 6.5 cm and falling out, screens are not secure enough. Beware of window blinds’ cords too – children often like putting things around their neck, so opt for cordless options if possible. 

Furniture

Baby-proof your furniture by wrapping sharp edges with corner protectors, and stop your child from climbing furniture, as these may tip over. Always keep cords and cables hidden or tucked away out of reach, especially electrical ones. 

To give your baby independence and yourself peace of mind, it is important to create a safe, baby-proof space so that they will not get hurt accidentally. 

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