The COMPLETE Guide to Baby Proofing
It’s time. My son has mastered the art of movement. It’s not graceful, it’s not fluid, I’m not even sure what you’d call it, but he’s got the slither and bump down and it won’t be long before the full crawl and walk are here. The grab has already been perfected. The cat, people’s glasses and cups full of liquid are favourites. I’ve been researching and testing products with a hint of crazy desperation, and I’m ready to share my findings and baby proofing hacks with you.
Plan early and methodicallyYou need to treat baby proofing as a military defense – because your kid will be on the attack. At first you might think of your home as feeling safe and secure – after all, it’s where you feel protected, but when you look around you, there are dozens of dangers for tiny fingers that don’t understand the world yet. When you first approach baby-proofing, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, especially if you have lots of rooms to baby proof. It’s best to start small, in the room your baby is likely to be spending the most time in. For me, this is my living room, as we don’t currently have a dedicated nursery or playroom.
- Pick one room to start with.
- Make a list of every item in the room that could potentially be dangerous.
- Work through a checklist to make sure you haven’t missed anything.
- Get down on the ground and get a baby’s eye view, see if there’s anything hidden away on the floor, behind the sofa or within reach.
- Decide how you’re going to tackle each problem.
The Main DangersYou can download this completely FREE simple PDF Checklist for baby proofing. It’s in black & white so should print quickly and efficiently. Print one out for every room and get cracking! Here are the main things to evaluate in the room when baby proofing:
- Electrical Plugs
- Electrical Wiring
- Heavy items or furniture that can fall
- Sharp Corners
- Cupboards & Drawers
- Loose Items
- Radiators & Fires
- Rubbish Bins
- Escape Routes