If you’re expecting a baby, you’re busy preparing the nursery, buying diapers, and getting your home ready. Here are some tips to babyproof your home to make sure your living spaces are safe and ready.

Ways to Make Your Home Babyproof

To make your house safe for a small child, do an assessment of its overall condition. Look for peeling paint, leaky pipes, broken windows, or damaged screens. Check the water heater to make sure the temperature is correctly set. Regardless of the condition of the house, test the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’ll sound an alert in case of danger.

Making the Kitchen Babyproof

When babyproofing the rooms of your home, the kitchen may be the easiest. Cupboards and drawers should be childproofed. There are specially designed latches to secure the drawers and cupboards. These are important for keeping small children away from cooking implements and cleaning supplies. Secure the stovetop knobs with plastic cases that prevent them from being turned on accidentally.

Make the Nursery Safe

Make sure your crib meets modern safety standards. Keep stuffed toys, pillows, and thick blankets out of the space where the baby will sleep. Tie window-blind cords up and out of reach.

Babyproof Your Home

The rest of the rooms in your home will need to be made safer for your infant. When babies start learning to walk, they will use furniture to pull up to a standing position. Secure furniture that might tip over. Purchase anchors to bolt heavy furniture to the wall. Sharp edges on coffee tables, bookshelves, or the fireplace can be covered with cushioned edge guards.

Safety Measures for the Bathroom

Bathroom cabinets should be secured so that an infant can’t access cleaners, cosmetics, or medicines. Choose a trash can with a lid and add locks to the toilet lids.

Toddler-Proofing a Home

As the baby grows into a toddler, he or she will become more mobile. Install doorknob covers to prevent access to all areas of the home. Add electrical outlet covers so curious toddlers won’t be able to put fingers into the power outlets.

When preparing for a new baby, start to babyproof the house before it is born.  As they grow and begin to explore, it will become more obvious what you need to babyproof around your house.

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