Being a new parent can be an exciting time, but it can also be filled with nerves and anxiety. There is a lot that you will only learn ‘on the job’ and minor accidents and mistakes are very likely to happen. Keeping your baby safe, healthy and happy will be your primary concern at this time so you will want to be as prepared as possible. When it comes to safety and security, there are many things you can do ahead of the baby being born. Though there’s bound to be a million different things running through your mind at this time, childproofing your home is an essential step to prepare for the baby’s arrival. There are also certain security measures, beyond the baby monitor, that you can take to help make sure your family is as protected as possible in your home.
To help you with this, we’ve created a safety checklist to help all you new parents out there make your home as safe and secure as possible for your child.
Read on to learn more about how you can childproof your home and ensure your baby is as safe as can be in the home environment:
First things first, get yourself a good baby monitor
You just can’t be with your baby 100% of the time, even if you may want to. And every new parent wants to keep a close eye on their baby when they can’t be physically present with them in the same room. Get yourself a baby monitor that you can place on or around your baby’s crib to allow you to check on them from a different room. You can also feel closer to your baby through the night if they sleep in their own room.
With most good baby monitors available on the market these days, you will be able to monitor your baby by both audio and visual means. If it’s of a good quality, you’ll even be able to hear your baby breathing and see them in pitch dark using night vision technology. A more high-tech security system could include features like a speaker integrated on the camera to allow you to communicate with your baby and comfort them from another room. Some baby monitors even include pre-programmed lullabies that could potentially help your baby get back to sleep if you’re lucky!
Secure any tall or heavy furniture pieces
When your baby starts crawling and learning to walk, you’ll want them to be able to crawl around and pull themselves up on items without having to worry about furniture toppling on them. And they’re likely to want to use everything they see to hoist themselves up, including very heavy bookcases and large shelving units. Any tall lamps that are potentially unstable could also prove attractive, so place these in inaccessible spots.
Securing these heavier pieces of furniture to your walls is a good way to ensure that your child is less likely to pull something down on top of them when they’re trying to get around or get on their feet. These furniture pieces can be firmly fastened to the wall by either using straps or bolts. If you’re worried that you can’t fasten them securely enough yourself, you can hire a handyman to do this for you.
Remove any potential tripping hazards
There’s bound to be a few falls and injuries while your little one is learning to walk. Luckily there are many things you can do to help minimize these and prevent lots of future bumps and grazes.
Tripping hazards must be eliminated as soon as you spot them. Cords and wires should be tucked away and out of reach. Stow away any such items or furniture pieces that could lead to your child stumbling or tripping and hurting themselves.
Seemingly harmless items such as toys and books can also be hazardous if left lying around. You’d be surprised to learn just how many people stumble over toys and hurt themselves on a daily basis. Create a good toy storage system that makes it quick and easy for you to put them away after playtime. Invest in storage boxes without lids that your child can also use to put away items without their fingers getting caught in the lid.
Invest in a home security system
Everyone wants to make sure that their family is well protected in the home. This is even more true when children enter the picture, as parents constantly worry about their children’s safety. As a new parent, you’ll often find yourself rushed off your feet. Sleepless nights will leave you exhausted. The last thing you want is to be worrying about home intruders on top of everything else. Installing a home security system is recommended to help bring you peace of mind that your child is safe in your home.
Our home security system packages can offer you that peace of mind, as they come with motion detectors, smoke detectors and wireless alarm monitors among other things. When you’re away from your home you can also access your home security system on the smartphone app, and monitor it on your phones via the digital cameras we can install.
By installing these alarms and video monitoring systems, you are putting the best possible protective measure in place to prevent a possible home intrusion. You’re also ensuring that you can be notified of any suspicious activity that goes on when you’re not there. Updating the fire/smoke monitoring system will offer you further peace of mind while you sleep or are away from home.
Get some hinge protectors to protect little fingers
Little fingers can get easily trapped in door hinges or the hinges of any foldable furniture items. You can find hinge protectors that are quick to install to avoid any painful pinching of your baby’s fingers in these hinges. You can also use door stops to prevent doors accidentally being slammed on your baby’s fingers.
Cover up any sockets
Eye-level sockets can be dangerously tempting for kids to poke their fingers and other objects into. If you have sockets that are accessible for your baby, make sure that you get shutters or plastic socket protectors installed in these to prevent an electric shock.
Eliminate any sharp corners
You’d be surprised to discover just how many sharp corners there are in your home. Everything from coffee tables to bedside stands can have sharp corners that are eye level for toddlers and pose a threat when they’re tottering around. Luckily, it’s fairly simple to find edge bumpers or soft plastic corners which you can place over these to help prevent any accidents or bumps.
Install baby gates at the top and bottom of the stairs
A tumble down the stairs is one of the many things that new parents worry about. And rightfully so, as it can cause a lot of harm to a small child to fall from a height. By installing a baby gate that has a secure fastening, little ones can only go up and down the stairs with an adult. This is an essential item for new parents with homes that are spread over more than one floor. In any case, carpeting your stairs and making sure that staircases are well lit will also help prevent a painful injury for both adults and babies alike.
Keep your tools and any sharp or harmful objects in unreachable locations
Once a baby gets moving it’s hard to stop them. And they’re curious about pretty much everything. To stop the little explorers from getting to items that could potentially be harmful or dangerous, you may need to do a reshuffle in your home. Anything sharp or hard that could injure your child should be moved to a higher drawer or cupboard to avoid the inevitable inquisitive little hands getting to them.
Any products with chemicals in them or any medication should also be stored out of reach in a locked cupboard or drawer. Any fragile or breakable items should also be placed on surfaces or cupboards as high as possible. Keep anything that heats up out of reach. Items such as hair styling tools or any kitchen appliances that heat up should be stored out of reach as well.
Use non-slip maths at bathtime
Bathtime can be a great time for new parents and children to bond. Many babies also enjoy the bath experience and love splashing around in the tub. Since many children, especially toddlers, tend to get quite excited and wriggly when being taken out of the bath, a slip or an accident can easily occur. To ensure that your baby has a safe and fun bathtime, buy some non-slip mats for both inside and outside the tub. With all the splashing around, the bathroom can turn into a slippery wet room very quickly.
While we’re discussing the bathroom area, it might also be worth considering a toilet lock for the toilet seat to help ensure the child doesn’t hurt their fingers or even accidentally fall in!
Store away any cords or wires
Cords such as blind cords can be extremely dangerous for babies. Babies are often attracted to cords and can consider them playthings. They can easily get tangled in these, trip over them, or even get them wrapped around their neck. Keep all cords tied up safely and out of the child’s reach at all times.
Electrical wires are dangerous for the same reasons as other cords, as well as having the added danger of being electrically charged and potentially causing a shock. Keep these tucked away, out of sight and out of reach.
Consider getting a changing table with a safety strap
Changing the nappy of a newborn is a very different experience from changing time for a slightly older baby. Once they start rolling around, a changing table can turn into an unsafe place for when a parent turns away for even a second to grab a baby wipe. Strapping them in is a potential option to help ensure that they don’t take a tumble by rolling off when you look away. There are changing tables available which come with safety straps included.
Hopefully the above list has helped guide you on how you can make your home more safe and secure for your child. Everyone is well aware that as a new parent, the health and safety of your child will be your number one concern. Hopefully by investing in the few recommended items such as a baby monitor and a baby gate and making some simple changes, you’ll find that you’re sleeping better and feel much more comfortable with letting your child explore your home.