Keeping your home safe for your little one is a key priority for every parent. Here are some baby proofing tips for your home, based on the age of your child.
1. 0-6 months: Newborns
Though your baby may not be the most mobile yet, it’s still important to eliminate potential hazards. Practise safe sleep habits by removing any soft toys, blankets and loose bedding from the cot until your baby is old enough to remove them on his or her own.
When baby starts to flip, it’s time to introduce a safe spot in the nursery room for playtime. Padded playmats provide a safe, clean surface for baby to practise tummy time. In addition, a playpen helps create a safe area for independent play. If you have stairs at home, consider installing safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs, or any other places that may be unsafe for children. Read here to discover more practical design ideas for your nursery room.
2. 7-12 Months: Curious Explorers
Once baby becomes more mobile and demands to explore every nook and cranny of the house, baby proofing comes into full force. Put adult locks on cabinets and drawers that you don’t want baby to access, and use bumper guards and door stoppers to prevent potential injuries. Conceal electrical outlets with plug socket covers and keep electrical cords and hazardous items out of reach from their little curious hands. At this stage, it’s also important to be more vigilant even as you teach your baby which areas are off-limits.
3. 12-18 Months: Active Toddlers
Toddlers bound with endless energy as they walk, dance, run and climb around the house. Naturally, you’d want to make sure all furniture is placed away from balconies and windows, keeping sharp items and medications out of their reach. Lastly, At this age, be prepared to give clear and constant reminders about the importance of safety – toddlers can understand simple instructions but don’t expect them to remember or heed them all the time.