Once a baby starts crawling they’re unstoppable. It’s scary and you worry even if they escape your sight for one second. All parents go through this don’t worry! There are several ways you can make your home less dangerous for toddlers. The first thing you need to do is outline potential hazards in your home and take the necessary precautions. Here are some quick tips on how to keep your home safe for crawling babies.
Kids this age love to crawl at their maximum speed before learning to hit the brakes. Keep windows locked or attach window guards. For smaller ones install safety guards across any stairs and balconies. Here is a great list of the ten best babyproofing products this year.
Once they’re big enough, watch them carefully and stay close when they’re climbing stairs. Certain household items could be a hazard. Keep plastic bags tied up and kept away and be careful with loose bedding as well and some toys as they can be a hazard.
Be careful with pets
As long as you’re vigilant pets don’t need to be a hazard. Young children might have allergies to pets however, so if in doubt have them tested at your local GP. Larger animals such as dogs pose a little more risk and might need more supervision. Having said that pets, make a lovely addition to a family home and if you’re thinking about getting one check out this website.
Hide harmful substances
Hide any harmful substances very high up and out of reach. If you have toxic chemicals such as cleaning products in your house, remove as many as possible, or consider changing to a non-toxic alternative. Any other potentially poisonous substances should be locked away in a cupboard far out of reach.
Be careful in the kitchen as there are other hazards as well as chemicals. Keep toddlers away from hot objects and areas such as the stove and radiators. Never leave them unattended around the kitchen. It’s unlikely but you don’t want any risk of fire. Update your smoke alarms every ten years and test them annually.
Keep older siblings occupied
They love each other really but accidents do happen. Make sure you explain to your older children that their little brother or sister is as delicate as they once were. Don’t let them be too boisterous with them. Bath times can be particularly dangerous, so it might be a good idea to separate them.
The best thing to do is to find a way to keep the older ones occupied. Tate Kids has loads of fun interactive options online. They can make pop art like Andy Warhol, learn about street art, or even make a painting out of chocolate. These activities are perfect as they’re engaging but not too strenuous.
Juggling work and babies at home often becomes much more stressful once your kids are mobile! Learn to take a break as often as you can and remember to prioritize your own self-care.