How to childproof your home

Savvy tips to keep your little explorer safe around your house. Our little ones are all about exploring the world with every means they have: short little hands, legs – and above all: their mouths. They will taste and feel everything they can find in order to learn more about their environment. They need constant adult supervision, but as it’s impossible to follow every little movement, we need to find other ways to keep our small children safe at home. Here are a few savvy tips on how to childproof your home:

1. Check from your child’s viewpoint

Get down on your hands and knees and look around. Look out for little gadgets and items that are smaller, or the same size as your baby’s fist – they usually don’t draw attention when looked on from above. Now they will emerge from the carpet and will be visible on the floor. Pick them up, and put them away immediately.

2. Protect electrical outlets

Protect electrical outlets with covers featuring a sliding safety latch. These automatically slide closed should your child remove a plug and can’t be opened by little fingers.

3. Think heavy and sharp

Put heavier items on bottom shelves, and cover the corners of your furniture (like TV sets, book shelves, tables) with something softer (you can buy corner guards) to avoid any possible injuries caused by their sharp edges.


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4. Keep chemicals and medicines out of reach

Keep any household chemicals, cleaning products and detergents out of reach, because they could cause ingestions and serious eye/skin irritation. Ariel PODS as any other detergent, should always be out of reach and sight of your babies and toddlers. Put them on the upper shelves and always keep them in their box (so you can exclude even the possibility of a POD accidentally falling on the floor). Do the same for medications – keep them locked away!

5. Close drawers

Keep dresser drawers closed when you’re not using them. They can be perfect ladders for little legs and there is no stopping a little explorer when it comes to aiming higher and higher.

6. Secure your windows

Lower windows should never be opened wide, as your child might fall out of them. Look for window latches that stop windows from being opened to a potentially dangerous amount.

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I have recently been contacted by my housing association as they are piloting a new scheme to provide child proofing in homes with babies (mine is almost 8 months) so it may be worth contacting your local authority to see if they have anything in place to help reduce costs and give tips on what is specifically needed for your home.

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