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> Baby-proofing Basics: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

Childproofing your home is essential to keeping your baby safe. As babies will spend most of their time at home, dangers at home will pose a big hazard to them. From electrical sockets to sharp corners, to table lamps, your home may just be as dangerous as the outside world, especially once your baby becomes mobile. Be prepared to childproof the living room, bathroom, kitchen, stairs - any area of your house that poses a threat to your baby. The following is a list of potential areas to watch out so you can keep your baby safe and sound.

Living room

  • Replace all electrical sockets with childproof socket

  • Do a check for any small objects (coins, buttons, nails) that a baby could swallow

  • Tie-up or tape down all dangling and long electrical cords

  • Secure furniture (tv, bookshelves) to the wall so that your baby can’t pull them down.

  • Place corner or edge bumpers on any furniture with sharp edges

  • Install a safety gate at top and bottom of stairs

  • Keep small electrical appliance (hairdryer, tools) out of reach

  • Move plants off the floor as some plants might be poisonous or your child might play with the soil


  • Keep cleaning supplies inside shelves instead of under the sink. If there is no other place to put these, make sure to get a child-proof lock to lock the cabinet door under the sink

  • Do not put mouse or insect trap on the floor or places where your baby can find them

  • Make sure oven door is locked

  • Remove magnets from the fridge as it might fall off and your baby might accidentally swallow them

  • Keep knifes, plates, heavy pots and pans locked up and out of reach

Nursey or bedrooms

  • Remove all unnecessary blankets or stuff toys from the baby crib as they can actually suffocate your child

  • Never place the crib near windows; use cordless blinds or cut blind cords in half to avoid strangulation

  • Never use an old crib that does not meet safety standards

  • Store toys in an open toy box so there's no lid to slam baby's fingers

  • Use doorstops and door holders to protect babies' fingers


  • Install toilet lid locks

  • Never leave water standing in the bath, the sink or even a bucket. Babies can drown in very little water

  • Make sure there is no way your baby can accidentally lock themselves in the bathroom

  • Keep cleaning supplies out of reach

  • Adjust the water temperature to less than 120 degrees Fahrenheit or about 48 degree Celsius to prevent scalding

  • Never ever leave your child unattended in the tub. Not even for a moment

Baby highchairs

  • Use a sturdy, stable, wide-based highchair with a safety strap

  • Clamp hook-on chair securely to a table that cannot tip over

  • Use safety straps

  • Don't leave your baby unattended

In order to be sure that your child is safe around the house, one method to do so would be to see things the way your baby does. This means to get down on your hands and knees and crawl around the house. By doing so, you can see which items are within reach and might be a danger to them.


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