You don’t have to wait for your child to start crawling before babyproofing your home. Early planning and preparation are especially useful so you’re not caught off guard when your baby suddenly becomes mobile. The key to baby-proofing is to remember that your child can’t see things at the same level as you. Handyman Connection of San Mateo shares the top four things that should be included in your baby proofing checklist.
1. Bathing. The bath, with its slippery surfaces, is one of the first things you should cover. Your growing infant would require baths more often, and it’s best to remove all hazards from the room. You can install a soft cover for your bathtub spout and add covers for the knobs to ensure that there are no hard objects that can hurt your child. For a more enjoyable bath, a bathtub ring is an excellent way for your kid to be more mobile while increasing his safety. In addition, you can prevent any slipping incidents by putting a non-slip bath mat in the tub and on the floor next to it.
2. Hazards. A growing child is naturally curious about his surroundings. Keep him safe from potential fire hazards by securing your oven door with a safety latch and investing in a plastic stove guard that prevents access to the knob covers and burners. Furthermore, make sure any electrical cords, wires, and outlets are out of reach. Put safety plugs and covers on outlets that are closer to the ground to avoid any risks of shocks.
3. Furniture. Active babies tend to interact more with the furniture in the room so be sure to secure corner and edge guards on items with sharp corners. Keep heavy items on low, sturdy furniture where they won’t be easily toppled over. Secure unstable wall pieces and furniture to the wall to prevent any falling instances. You can also purchase childproof latches for all your cabinets as an extra measure of safety.
4. Safety. Colorful bottles are appealing playthings to an unknowing toddler. Move cleaning agents, toiletries, and other potentially harmful substances out of reach. Your window’s drapery and dangling cords can easily entangle a child so cut them off or tie them up. If you live in a two-story home, make sure to attach safety gates at the top and bottom of the steps.
Provide a safe environment your kid can explore with these baby-proofing tips. Handyman Connection of San Mateo can help you secure your home with our range of home improvement services. Contact us today so we can get started. You can also request a free estimate.