How do I babyproof my home?

Take a look around your house and try to see it from your baby's level; it will help you to see all those hidden hazards. When planning to install safety precautions, it is best to do it before it becomes crucial. For example, fit a safety gate when your baby shows signs of crawling, rather than waiting until they can move quickly.

Living room

  • Easy to fit anti-slam doorstops prevent little fingers from getting trapped in doors.
  • A video guard will keep hands and other objects out of the cassette slot while still allowing you to use the remote control.
  • Socket covers keep plug sockets safe from probing little fingers.
  • Corner cushions cover the sharp corners of low tables and are particularly important when your baby is first learning to walk.
  • Fireguards allow you to attend to the fire while keeping children from burning themselves.
  • Window catches lock a window in an open position for ventilation but prevent children from opening them any further.
  • Glass safety film is great for glazed doors and French windows. If the glass does get smashed, the film holds the broken pieces together. It can also be used on glass coffee tables.

Bedroom

  • Drawer and cupboard catches keep children away from precious, breakable and dangerous items.
  • A bed guard will prevent your toddler from falling out in the night. They fold up neatly, making them easy to take on holidays.

Kitchen

  • A catch on the fridge and freezer will prevent that pint of milk or those frozen peas from being poured over the floor.
  • A cooker and hob guard is a must have to protect toddlers from hot pans and surfaces.
  • Multi-purpose locks secure all appliances.
  • Cupboard catches should be used on all cupboards containing breakables or potentially dangerous items, like cleaning fluids.

Bathroom

  • A non slip bathmat will help prevent slipping and make you and your baby or toddler feel more safe and confident during bath time.
  • Close the lavatory seat firmly with a multi-purpose lock.

Hall

  • A safety gate, fitted as soon as your baby can crawl, will stop tumbles down the stairs. They can also be used to keep children out of the kitchen or the garden.

Safety first

  • Children's skin is more delicate than adults. Prevent scalding from hot taps by turning your thermostat down to below 54 degrees C (130 degrees F).
  • Never leave your child alone near water, not even for a minute. A child can drown in just a few centimetres of water.
  • Don't leave even a small baby unattended on a bed. You never know exactly when they'll roll over for the first time.
  • Buy a kettle with a curly safety lead.
  • Turn pan handles inwards and use the back burners whenever you can.
  • Fit a smoke alarm on each floor.

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