Baby-proofing your home: The ultimate checklist
Baby-proofing can seem like an overwhelming task – and honestly, it kind of is! Everywhere we look, we see potential disasters in our homes, and we all know, that anything our child can reach will be touched, placed in your baby’s mouth, thrown, kicked around or poked at.
Once they’re on the go, there’s simply no stopping them, so it’s important to be prepared and start ticking all this off before they get on the move. A baby-proofing checklist will allow you to collect the supplies needed and go room-by-room to cut off all potentially dangerous risks to your child.
We have a fairly comprehensive checklist here, but it never hurts to get down on the ground so that you can view the room from a child’s level and see what attracts your eyes – electrical outlets, blind cords, and furniture that needs to be bolted down – even if it seems an unlikely culprit, it has potential to be dangerous. Lock away any colourful harmful things, like chemicals, toxins, cleaners or liquids that would be harmful if played with or swallowed.
Check out our list to be sure you’ve ticked off everything you need for your peace of mind!
Corner guards for sharp edges
Take all sharp objects off the counters
Secure furniture not fixed to the wall
Keep household cleaners, medicines and chemicals up high and out of reach
Buy bins with childproof lids
Oven knob covers
Keep couches and stools away from balconies and split levels
Power strip covers
Check for toxic plants
Install screens over the hearth pr fireplace
Pack away valuables
Cord shorteners for blinds and curtains
Secure the TV
Safety gates for off-limits rooms and stairs
Put non-slip pads under all rugs
Keep your stairs well-lit
Get rid of trip hazards
Make sure bannisters are no more than 6.5cm wide and secure.
Non-slip bath mat
Keep medicines up high and locked away
Keep shampoos, toiletries and particularly razors, out of reach
Install the baby bath seat
Carbon monoxide alarms
Get ride of crib bumpers and pillows from baby’s crib
Keep baby monitors and wires away from crib
Use door jammers to stop little fingers getting caught
Get radiator covers
Don’t hang toys or objects off the side of the crib
Take an infant first aid course
Have a professional install your carseat