Babyproofing your home is an important part of bringing up your child safely – more specifically, when your tiny person starts being able to move of their own accord. There may be many things that are a hazard to your child, but they just haven’t occurred to you as such.
Babies usually start crawling at eight months, and will then start pulling on things to help them stand and eventually walk. The first thing that you should do is to take a baby’s eye view, and get down to their level. Think about what is in reach, and what looks tempting. This should help you to figure out which drawers and cupboards that you child might get into.
These are the things that you should consider:
- Make sure cleaning products, medicines, vitamins, etc are out of reach and locked away.
- Protect plug sockets with covers. If you can, replace any sockets with ones that include a safety latch.
- Bolt heavy furniture, such as bookcases, TV sets, appliances, to the wall so it cannot be pulled over. Try to ensure that pieces are bottom heavy, with heavier items at the bottom of the bookcase.