The patter of little feet running around the house is a joy to behold and truly a blessing to the family. As you eagerly await the arrival of your baby, you suddenly notice that there are many dangerous nooks and crannies in your house that could harm your kids. Let us help you create a safe and welcoming home for your little ones!
1. Use Durable Materials
Gone are the days of white carpets, white sofas and most white fixtures and fittings. Instead, you have to take into consideration the materials that you choose when buying your furniture. We recommend dark colours or materials that are stain resistant, such as leather, or paint that allows any marks or colours that can be washed off easily.
2. Place Covers Over Knobs
Kids are naturally curious little creatures, and will explore and experiment around the house. Because the kitchen hob has knobs that can be easily turned and are at a more accessible height even for little legs, it is best to place some covers on it to prevent your little one from accidentally turning on the hob without your knowledge.
3. Keep Your Fridge Tightly Closed
The fridge is a fascinating place for any young toddler, with its blasts of cold air and the amazing variety of food inside. If you don’t want to be racking up the electricity bill and letting your food spoil, try out these inexpensive way to keep your fridge “locked” from inquisitive hands. Simple stick two hooks higher up on your fridge door and the side, loop a strong elastic band around the hook and voila, your fridge is safe.
4. Attach Safety Latches
Often, some of the cupboards that are just at a child’s height house some off-limits household items such as chemicals or dangerous utensils. Fix some safety latches that can only be opened by adults and have peace of mind when your child is wandering around the house.
5. Place a Soft Landing For Your Nursery
Babies and toddlers are fragile creatures and need to be kept protected. While playing in the nursery, it is advisable to place a soft carpet that is sturdy and is especially forgiving to stains. That way, you won’t be worrying that your child is making a mess on the floor.
6. Place Toys Within Easy Reach
Children are easily distracted, so why not keep their distraction to safe items such as their very own toys? Keep their toys in an easily accessible place so that they can play with them whenever they are bored, instead of poking their noses into household items that can harm them. Make sure to teach them how to clean up once they are able to though!
7. Hide Your Plugs And Outlets
A wet finger stuck in an electrical outlet can be detrimental to your baby and there are many outlets in the house that is placed low, which your baby can easily reach. When not in use, place covers or caps in the outlets so that an unfortunate accident will not happen.
8. Hang Light Items Above Your Kid’s Bed
Babies love to stare upwards, especially when lying in their crib. That’s why hanging mobiles and the like are popular items to hang above their cribs. But do make sure that the items you hang above them are lightweight and won’t cause any harm to your little one in the event that it falls down.
9. Remove the Glass From Your Artwork
Glass can be very dangerous to your child, especially since you don’t know when accidents can happen. It’s definitely better to be safe than sorry, so it is advisable that you replace the glass in your frames with Plexiglass or consider doing away with glass at all. If you have precious artwork to display, make sure that it is not somewhere that your child will spend a lot of time at.
10. Cushion The Sharp Edges
You know the feeling when you wake up in the middle of the night and hit your leg against the table’s corner? Well, imagine if it happened to your child’s head instead. Tables are usually around the same height as a child, and you definitely don’t want that to happen. Make sure all sharp edges of your furniture is carefully covered with removable cushioning to prevent accidents from happening.