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5 babyproofing and safety products you need now

You can’t wait for your baby to sit up, crawl and run, but don’t forget those milestones bring a whole lot of safety challenges as well. Nearly everything we adults take for granted in the spaces around us is a safety hazard for a tiny tot. That stylish piece of furniture you just got? It’s got corners your kid could knock against. That extra spacious wardrobe? Your kid will be marauding in there and hurting themselves if you don’t have safety locks – ordinary locks won’t do.

 

Child safe environment

 

1. Safety gates

Do you have a flight of stairs in your home? This is one of the biggest safety hazards for your child – they could tumble down in a second or two, even before you can react. Or maybe you want to keep them away from a room that’s dangerous for them, like the bathroom or kitchen. Safety gates are the answer. These can be used as a barrier in high risk areas. There are usually two versions available – hardware mounted or pressure mounted. For staircases, make sure you get the hardware mounted version. For other rooms, pressure mounting is fine. Ideally, safety gates should be installed by the time your baby is 6 months old, as they can grow and start moving at any point after this.

 

2. Safety locks

Babies are curious little creatures and they can get into the smallest of nooks and spaces. You don’t want them opening cupboard doors, crawling inside, pulling down things on themselves, slamming doors on their fingers – the list of potential disasters is endless. The same with fridges, drawers, and even toilets (don’t forget, a child can drown even in a few inches of water). Get specialist safety locks and keep that wardrobe, window, fridge, drawer or toilet seat locked from those prying little fingers. You can even find multipurpose safety locks that work to seal any of these.

 

3. Baby monitors

This one needs no explanation. A baby monitor is ideal for when you can’t be in the room with your baby, usually at night or when they’re by themselves in their playpen. There are basic models which come with just sound and more high-end models with video, talk back, night vision, room temperature sensors and more.

 

4. Corner guards

Once baby begins to crawl and run, there will be a lot of falling over, knocking of heads, and grazing of elbows and knees, no matter how careful and vigilant you are. You must babyproof the sharp corners of furniture and windows with corner protectors. You’ll get corner clip-ons with rounded edges in soft materials, and foam protector sets with adhesive strips at the back. Use these to soften hard edges around the house. The falls and bumps won’t stop, but the repercussions won’t be as hard.

 

5. Door stoppers

The damage that can be done by a door slamming on a teeny tot’s fingers is horrifying. Not to mention injuries to the head and other parts of the body. A door stopper will ensure that this doesn’t happen, as it prevents the door from slamming shut fully.    

 

Over and above investing in safety products, these additional commonsense tips will help you keep your baby safe:

 

- Your baby’s crib should not have loose fabric, blankets or toys in it. Remember, your baby shouldn’t be able to pull anything to cover their face, mouth or nose.

- Keep hazardous materials like cleaning fluids and medicines high out of reach. As kids grow older you’ll need to be hypervigilant as they have a knack of climbing and getting to the most unreachable spots.

- Make sure there’s nothing hanging from any surface – table cloths, cords, runners – as your baby will tug and pull it down.

- Don’t leave standing water around anywhere in the house – no matter how shallow you think it is, this is a drowning risk.

- Clear the house of small objects or anything with loose rattling parts.

- Don’t carry your baby around while handling anything hot.

- Cover all electrical sockets – hide them behind furniture if you can.

 

This is by no means a complete list of safety measures you can take for your little one, but it’s a good place to get started.