Here are some common steps you must follow to make your house a safer place for your child:
- If there are stairs in your house, make sure there are proper railings to hold on to while climbing up and down. If there are sharp or broken edges, soften them.
- Your infant, who has just started walking, can easily slip if the floor is wet. Keep the floor dry at all times.
- Keep foot-rests outside the bathroom and kitchen. Your baby may try to climb on a slip in case the floor is even a little wet and slippery. Remember, your child is eager to move around and will not notice what’s lying on the floor.
- Your kitchen must also be ready for any surprise visits by your little one. Keep cutlery like knife, spoon and fork holders away from the reach of the child. Don’t keep any chair or stool near the cooking stove. Your baby will learn to climb up on to the chair and play with the stove knobs. Even the garbage bags should be kept at a distance, out of the sight/reach of your baby. Don’t put fridge magnets unless they are at a height.
- All the edges of drawers, wardrobes, chairs, tables, and bedsides need to be covered with sponge until your baby grows up. Children can knock themselves against the edges as they begin to move around the house. Don’t keep any wardrobe door or drawer open, as your baby can get serious injuries on colliding with it. An open door might invite him to crawl inside as well.
- Don’t leave any wire, cord or mobile and laptop chargers hanging in the room. Keep combs, deodorants or perfumes out of your child’s reach.
- Have well-protected bedding for your baby. Surround him with pillows and sheets when you are away. If you are using a baby cot, ensure it has high edges so that your child does not roll off.
- Have proper and tight-fitted door stoppers and window hooks. A strong wind can make the doors and windows bang and seriously injure your baby’s fingers or hands.
- Check for all protruding nails and hooks around the house. Fix them if they are loosely hanging.
- Keep all electrical appliances, like toaster, mixer, lamps, away from children. Try to cover all the loose wires hanging from your television or computers. Also cover all open sockets until your baby grows up and understands that putting a finger through the socket can hurt him.
- If you have automatic locks on any of the doors in the house, disable them. Your baby may not be able to unlock them, if he gets trapped inside.
- Don’t leave any medicine near the reach of children. Infants may put them in the mouth resulting in serious complications.
This is by no means a comprehensive list. Each house is unique and you will need to check around to see what you really need to do to make it baby-proof.