Children are such inquisitive little creatures, aren’t they? When it comes to safe-guarding your little one from cuts, knocks and things that go bump in the night, a little knowledge about child-proofing would come in very handy.

Therefore, we’ve come up with a quick list of safety gadgets that would make your house as child-friendly as possible. Our personal favorites are the corner bumpers and bathroom-proofing items, since these are so easy to install, yet so important to minimize accidents. Let’s jump into it!

Safety Gates

Safety gates are those chunky barriers that you can place to demarcate an area for your child to play and/or sleep in. These gates prevent your child from wandering into areas which are rather hazardous for a little tot. If you’ve got a staircase at home, this gate becomes pretty much essential, as your tot will start to crawl or toddle around precariously.

Before you go out and purchase a baby gate, consider your lifestyle needs to refine your selection. Hardware-mounted safety gates are sturdier, and thus is ideal for the top and bottom of a staircase. On the other hand, pressure-mounted gates are easier to install without drilling required, becoming more portable and flexible in use. If you’re one of the lucky ones to stay in a mansion, then consider baby-proofing the staircase railings as well.

Plastic Outlet Covers

Electrical hazards are a real danger to curious children; you may have heard of ghastly stories of children getting electrocuted by poking food utensils onto electrical sockets.

To keep your child safe, use outlet covers on exposed electric sockets. These can be found in your neighbourhood DIY store or shopping mall, and are made from insulated plastic. Alternatively, keep any unused power points covered with electrical tape, and keep electrical chargers for your phones, tablets or laptops away from the reach of little tots as they are known to pose an electrical hazard.

Finger Pinch Guards

To a young child, seeing a closing door is like having to wait for the next Game of Thrones episode. OK, maybe not, but it does incite the natural curiosity of a child, and the first thing to enter the closing door gap are fingers! Ouch!

A pinch guard is a U-shaped plastic foam device that can be hinged at any heights, and will prevent a door from closing fully. This reduces the risk of bruised fingers, and also the extent of injury should that unfortunately happen. Unless you’re looking for some privacy with your spouse, these devices will be helpful majority of the time.

Corner Bumpers

A Feng Shui master would emphasize a focus on corners in a house to nullify “poisonous secret arrows”; they may have been on to something, but we emphasize corners in your house for a more practical reason. We’ve no doubt run into these corners during our time in the house, and it really hurts!

Tables, cabinets, bookshelves doorways often have pointy corners that would cause blunt trauma to your child. This is especially important if your child hasn’t yet learned to walk with balance control, since they may stumble into these hazards. Consider using a corner bumper to “jellify” the corners and make them safer for your child.

Bathroom Proofing

The bathroom is where many accidents happen, with the slippery floors, metal taps, spouts, and razors, this should be the first priority when it comes to child-proofing your home.

There are ways to child-proof your bathroom - place anti-slip mats on the floor to increase friction and minimize slipping; place soft plastic or rubber guards on all tub spouts and taps; buy a toilet lock to prevent the toilet seat from being opened; and remember to put away all sharp objects like razors and scissors after use.

It’s easy to get carried away when it comes to child-proofing your home, since there are 1001 things that could be a potential hazard to little ones. Do your best to modify or remove the obvious ones – things that would REALLY pose a danger to your child – but recognize that bumps and falls are just a normal part of growing up. More importantly, set the boundaries early and repeatedly. Children understand and respond to the word “no”, so instil in them the skills necessary to keep themselves safe.

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