Has you baby just started crawling and
picking-up things lying helter-skelter? If yes, then it is a time to childproof
your house. Read on to know more about the childproofing essentials for a house
with an infant.
Every home is unique and the things required for childproofing
may not always be the same for all homes. However broadly there are certain
precautions which every household with an infant must adopt. Here is a baby
checklist which parents can make use of while childproofing their house.
Needless to say nothing is comparable to the watchful eyes of
the parents or adult care givers in the house. The purpose of this checklist is
to serve as a guide and put parents at ease by reducing or preventing any harm
from coming in way of the infant as far as possible.
List of Childproofing
This list is in no particular order of importance. Each and
every aspect is as important as the other:
Power Strip Covers
Home childproofing should start with covering power points.
Infants invariably out of curiosity head for the power points. Inserting a
finger in a powered point can result in electrocution. Power strip covers are
available in plenty of designs all of which work well to serve the purpose for
which they are designed.
Locks for Cabinets
Often we store things in cabinets which must remain out of
reach of infants.
To achieve this it is best to keep the cabinets locked. Cabinet locks are
available in shapes and sizes of all kinds. Make use of locks with keys which
will make it almost impossible for the baby to access it even after she grows
up a little.
Baby gates can be used to restrict the entry or exit of a baby
into particular areas of the house. Gates are very versatile and can be used
all over the house - indoors as well as outside. For example in a home with a
newborn, one can be installed outside the house at the top of the deck stairs
and another one to block the hallway which serves as an entrance point to the
In many homes kitchen garbage is kept on the outer side of
baby gates gate to ensure that it remains out of reach of the infant. Gates are
available in all sizes and the best baby gates are the ones that are designed
to open like a gate. Such gates are very easy and convenient to cross whenever
required by adults. Gates normally come with a locking handle on the top or a
foot pedal lock at the bottom. Both these types of gates serve the purpose of
restricting entry and you can choose any one based on your preference.
Faucet Covers for the Bathtub
These are normally rubber covers which are shaped like an
animal or other kid friendly object.
These can easily be slid over the part of the faucet where the water
comes out making it soft to the touch. Faucet covers basically protect infants
from bumping their heads or falling on the hard faucet and hurting themselves.
Corner guards are small pieces of rubber which fit over the
corners of just about anything. If you look around closely, you will be able to
identify a number of corners in your home which you need to keep covered to
ensure that your infant does not bump into and hurt herself. Corner guards are
available in precut specific sizes or as rolls of soft foam which can easily be
cut in different sizes and shapes.
Banister Rail Nets
These are very useful in houses where there are stairs.
Irrespective of whether the stairs is outside on the deck or a staircase
leading to the second storey, railing nets are a must if you have an infant at
home. Nets are used to mount over the inside of the rail which keeps small
children from putting their head, arms or legs through.
Infants and toddlers fancy climbing TVs, tall dressers,
entertainment centers and other types of furniture.
By making use of furniture straps you will be able to attach big pieces of
furniture to the wall and ensure that it does not fall even if your toddler
attempts to climb it.
In addition to the above
there may be many more things which you may require specifically for
childproofing your house. To ensure total infant safety it is best to look
around your house carefully and identify all potentially unsafe objects or
locations which can cause harm to your baby. By making a list of such objects
and locations you will be able to take steps to systematically childproof your
house and keep your infant safe.