Once babies start to crawl, it can get increasingly difficult to keep them safe and unhurt around the house. Little explorers have a tendency of getting into spaces you wouldn’t think they can access, which is why it’s important to babyproof your home as soon as your little one turns an explorer.
Here are five easy tips to make your home safe and sound for your baby.
Cover appliance knobs and electrical outlets
Babies are inherently curious, which is why their toys come with all sorts of moving parts to fuel their brain development and improve motor skills. Once your baby has discovered crawling, she will soon start trying to stand up and touch things that were previously beyond her reach.
Place covers over knobs on doors, kitchen stove, oven and other appliances, and also cover electrical outlets with caps to ensure your little one’s safety.
Lock away cleaning supplies, insect repellants and other chemicals
Any kind of chemical should be stored out of children’s reach. Move such supplies higher up in the cabinet or install latches that can only be opened by an adult or an older child. Do the same with your soaps, shampoos, creams, lotions and makeup to avoid accidental ingestion.
Another important thing that parents tend to miss is to move indoor plants higher up, away from a toddler’s reach. The same applies to pet food and any other thing your baby could put in her mouth.
Buy a good walker
Placing your baby in a walker while you work around the house does two things. It gives you peace of mind knowing that your little one won’t be crawling into places where she could get hurt, and it keeps the baby engaged and in your sight while you finish your chores or sit back reading a book.
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Install carpeting in the nursery and other crawl-friendly areas
Creating safe playing zones not only helps keep your child safe, it also greatly eases your anxiety about them getting hurt. Use carpets and rugs to injury-proof areas where your baby is likely to spend most of her time on the floor.
In addition, place the baby’s toys and books in the low-lying shelves and boxes around the house to give her plenty of safe stuff to explore.
Cover sharp corners and install pinch guards on doors
A home has so many sharp edges that covering them all can be overwhelming for a parent with a little one to care for. But not childproofing the harsh edges of your furniture, countertops, doors, appliances and shelves can result in serious injury to a child.
What you can do is to eliminate a few sharp edges at a time. If your baby has just started crawling, start with low-lying ones, such as those of doors, tables and stools. The higher shelves and countertops can wait a few months.