Childproofing your home doesn’t need to be expensive, and can be done quickly and easily.
Here are some ideas to get you started.
Get on the right level
Start by getting down on all fours and look up at the world from the point of view of a crawling child. It’s amazing the hidden dangers you will immediately identify such as dropped coins (a choking hazard) and medicines (a poison and choking hazard).
Pick up anything you see on the floor and regularly sweep and vacuum your floors. Move sharp objects, knives and poisons including medicines out of the reach of children. Keep them up high where they can’t be reached and in secured cupboards. That includes cleaning materials which are often stored under the sink.
Be a gate master
The quickest way to childproof high-danger areas such as kitchens and bathrooms is by blocking off these rooms with child safety gates. If you are renting, choose a pressure mounted gate as these don’t require drilling into walls. You can install them in a couple of minutes. Also block off stairs by installing gates at the top and bottom.
Take of table clothes
Remove table cloths – crawling children can reach up and pull them down – a problem if you have heavy articles on the table including pepper grinders and candlesticks as they will come tumbling down too, potentially harming your child.
Consider your coffee table
Think about your coffee table. Choose either a very rounded cornered table that is really solidly made (NO GLASS), or nothing at all. Remember to also keep an eye on any food and coffee that you place on your table as they can be a hazard of their own.
Lock it up
If your cupboards and drawers don’t lock with a key then keep children out of cabinets and drawers by properly securing them with a variety of inexpensive child locks and latches.
Try a variety of different locks throughout the home. Kids learn through repeated observation. By using a variety of different locks and latches that work in different ways, it becomes harder for young children to work out how to open them. Also, make sure you have the right lock or latch for each cupboard depending on the type of handle.