Watching your baby learn to crawl is such an exciting milestone. In the lead up, you will find them getting increasingly frustrated at being unable to get where they want. Then, without warning they are off and getting into everything.
And I mean everything.
Something that may seem boring and uninteresting to you, is incredibly exciting to a baby. It’s the thrill of the unknown. They are only just learning about the world and don’t have the knowledge we do. Even more importantly, the way they explore objects is a lot different to us as well – everything goes into the mouth.
Can you hear those alarm bells going off?
It’s time to baby-proof!
Baby-proofing Your Home
When you first get started, baby-proofing everything can seem a little daunting. You don’t know what areas you need to focus on, what products will do the job and just what your child will get into.
Here is a handy baby-proofing checklist to help you out.
Baby-proofing Check List
- A good test is to get on the floor with your partner and go for a crawl. See what you come across. Start with the basics and move any objects out of the room or onto a shelf up high.
- Check all the shelves: what is within reach and what needs to be moved.
- Check your furniture. Babies love to climb! If your furniture isn’t secured to the wall, then it can fall on top of an exploring baby.
- Tidy up: the days of leaving things out to put away later are gone. You need to put everything away and out of reach.
- Are there any stairs? Make note and baby gates will be needed. One trick is to remember to block off both the top and the bottom of the stairs. Many parents just place a gate at the top, which leaves your baby free to climb their way up… and then get stuck. Perma Child Safety Gates come in two packs for this reason to make it even easier for parents. You also need to make sure you install them properly. If possible, avoid pressure-mounted gates, as these can be knocked out of place. The ones that screw into the wall are much safer.
- Is there anything they can bump into? Sharp corners are a hazard. Think about coffee tables, bookcases and any other pieces that are low to the ground and sharp. You can get foam protectors to place on them that are both practical and stylish. Check them out here.
- Check your blinds and make sure there are no cords hanging loosely. Kids can get tangled in these and they can be fatal. You can either stick them to the wall, or better yet, tie them up and out of reach.
- Can your child get into kitchen and/or laundry cupboards and drawers? You can either choose to pop a baby gate to stop them getting in, or buy some locks and latches. These can be placed on drawers to stop little fingers from getting in.
- Are your windows locked off? If the window is within reach, make sure it is never left open. You can also install window guards that allow you to open the window for air, with it still being protected.
- Make sure their cot is at the right level. There are usually two settings on a cot. Newborns start on the higher setting so it’s easy to pop them in and out. When they start crawling you want to lower it, so they don’t start pulling themselves up. This can cause an accident if they were to fall.
It may all seem a lot to think about, but once your baby is crawling, you will catch on fast. Watch them on their first few weeks crawling around and see what they get into. This is the best way to ensure you have everything covered.
Having your home baby-proofed doesn’t mean it is safe to leave your little one unattended. Always keep a watchful eye on them – you never know what they might be getting into!