When you bring a baby back home, it’s important to remember one thing: children grow up. Over time, babies go from the crib to the house to learn and explore new things.
For these reasons, sealing the house is so vital for new or expectant parents. Waterproofing the house is a matter of home safety for your baby now and in the future as he or she grows. While many parts and places in a home may seem innocuous, it’s essential to look at things from a non-adults perspective.
As an expectant parent, it can be overwhelming to look around your home and see all the small changes that must be made to keep the baby safe. Add an online search for the best baby safety products, and parents can get lost in an endless list of items. If you’re like most new parents, you probably think of the most important baby-proofing list as soon as you bring your new born baby home.
When it’s time to bring your newborn home, you want to be sure the house is set up to welcome them, and the best time to baby-proof your home is long before the baby arrives. You may already have everything set up and dozens of outlets fitted with baby gates. Still, if you live in an apartment or rental house, there are some exceptional circumstances to consider when it comes to protecting your baby. Here are some very important considerations to keep in mind when buying a rental property.
Landlords and parents must be willing to work together to find a compromise to protect children from harm and property damage. For families with young children, it is reasonable to ask that babies be secured as much as possible without damage. It is recommended that baby-proofing arrangements begin three months before the due date, but this can take some time.
For example, I would suggest that tenants use pressure doors in hallways and doors that are difficult to install. Although most safety items for toddlers and babies are alternatives that do not require hard installation, keep in mind that pressure doors will not prevent a toddler from falling down the stairs. Another requirement would be that tenants use a lock on cabinet doors that sticks to the handle and does not screw.
To protect the little ones in your home, put a baby gate at the top of the stairs and not at the bottom, especially if you are trying to prevent them from going up or down. Make sure the gate is secured with a solid lock that cannot be opened by a toddler. If parental control is required in the stairwells, allow your tenants with young children to install baby gates at the top of the stairwells at their own expense.
Once your new guest is in your home, pay close attention to your cleaning supplies. Keep all drawers and cabinets in your kitchen locked and secured with special baby-proof locks. While you’re cleaning or cooking, put together your baby areas like a pack-and-play or baby swing.
Baby-proof locks are a great tool for low cabinets that hold cleaning supplies like dishwashing detergent. Keep a watchful eye on your baby, as they may learn to open them if there is anything else in the house besides cleaning supplies. Alex Lund from SafeKids says the preferred type of lock they install is the “catch-on-the-hook” style, and they are available on the market.
If your lease says you can’t screw the baby gate to the wall, it’s time to talk to your landlord. To avoid a tragedy, you need to ask permission to screw the gate on and secure it.
Remember that there are two types of baby gates that prevent baby access to hallways, rooms, stairs, and pet areas. When looking at gate options, think about other areas you don’t want your baby crawling into, such as pet areas, kitchen, laundry room, and utility room, and ask permission for each area. Baby gates allow you to block stairs, create a restricted area, partition off entire rooms, or lock your baby in a safe space. Use your multi-panel or hinged baby gate to create an enclosed play area, open it up, or expand it for an extra-wide entrance. You can pick the right baby gate based on the size of your home and your child’s needs and abilities.
When I purchased my house over a year ago, a baby was a hopeful thought for my husband, but not a reality. The silver lining in a stressful year was that my husband and I could plan our new home with baby safety as our top priority. From kitchen cabinets to outlet covers, learn how to baby-proof the essential rooms in your home to make them protected for babies and toddlers.
To make the best baby-proofing choices for my growing family, I turned to home design and safety experts to help me with my plans. I worked with a designer from Modsy, a virtual interior design company, who helped me design my open living and dining room. In addition to the renovation decisions, we also had to think about how safe our home would be for a curious baby and toddler who will surely try to find their way into closets and cabinets.
I spoke to the team at Poison Control to learn about some of the most significant health and safety risks in homes. Our checklist tells you what to do and how to make your home safer for your baby or toddler. The Consumer Product Safety Commission tells today’s parents that 90% of children drown in Singapore homes each year. This makes everything more important to lock bathroom doors, cover toilets, and secure them with childproof locks.
There will be a day when your toddler discovers to open doors with doorknobs. The National Safety Council recommends using a doorknob cover to prevent problems before they start. We all have those bizarre doorknobs and baby-proof surfaces that seem to fit, but they don’t stay locked when you flip them over.
The ideal solution would be to reinstate the current window treatment, but cordless blinds are a quick and temporary fix because they keep the cord out of reach.