Now that your baby has arrived ,whats your next course of action . Have you thought about the safety of your baby in your home? Recent studies have shown that a high number of accidents occur at home due to failure of parents to baby proof the home. It is therefore our duty as parents to make sure our little ones are kept out of harm’s way .
Why not begin to plan ahead for when that little one begins to crawl and explore his or her surroundings so you are not caught unawares . If you haven’t put this on your to do list, it’s better late than never.
EDGE AND CORNER BUMPER GUARDS
These are made from soft rubber and used to cover sharp furniture edges like a table, Tv stand or a cupboard,there are even long types that can be run through the entire length and width of tables .They are quite easy to fix and most come with a stick on adhesive.
SAFETY LATCH ON DOORS AND DRAWERS
You may be wondering if this is really necessary, but you will be amazed with the amount of exploration that will go on once your toddler starts to get around the house . There are latches that can be used for virtually everything in the home from your room doors to drawers , closets , kitchen ovens, cookers, fridges and even toilet seats .
PADDINGS ON FLOOR
Make sure you cover up any floor area where your baby is likely to spend more time with soft paddings like a rug or carpet . This is to cushion the effects of any fall .If you are opposed to the traditional rug or carpet , you can use rubber carpets or tiles which are quite easy to clean and have good grip .
COVER ELECTRICAL OUTLETS
Even as adults we have had times when a non functional socket has shocked us and it was not funny at all , so don’t let it happen to a child . Get socket protectors to cover up all the sockets not in use and are within the reach of a child ,unplug and store away any electrical appliances not in use .
SAFETY GATES/PLAY PENS
For the times when your child is left unattended to in a room , a safety gate or play pen comes in quite handy , as it will prevent your little one from getting out . a safety gate can also be installed at the top and bottom of the stars to prevent your curious one from exploring .Some multipurpose play pens can also be converted to safety gates .
Keep all sharp instruments and equipments away from the reach of your child , if it is not an everyday use , lock it up and store away . Make sure doors are kept locked at all times .