10 Ways to Childproof Your Home

Raising a child means having to deal with the inevitable bruises, tears, and on occasion, bandages. Here’s how to ensure that your home is as safe as possible for baby.

Updated on April 18, 2018 21:04 pm

Vince Wong

10 Ways to Childproof Your Home

The most common dangers young children face at home are injuries from falls, fires, scalds, glass-related accidents, poisoning, suffocating, choking, and drowning. Many toddlers turn out to be a handful as soon as they can even crawl, so making your home safe for baby should begin when he or she is around 6 months old.

Here are 8 things you can do to keep baby safe.

1. Compartmentalise.

Child-proof safety gates prevent access into dangerous places like the kitchen and toilets, to prevent scalding and fire accidents. When placed at both ends of staircases, they help avoid injuries from serious falls.

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2. Stop the doors.

Doors can pose a big danger to baby fingers and toes if they are slammed by the wind or inattentive adults. Use doorstops and door holders to prevent these injuries from ever occurring.

3. Mind the ‘mini’ & ‘smalls’.

Keep all tiny objects that can cause choking, such as coins, fridge magnets or keyrings, out of reach.

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4. Break potential falls.

Keep heavy items that can topple, such as flat screen televisions, on low, sturdy furniture, and pushed back as far as possible. You’ll want to secure furniture that can topple, such as bookcases or drawers, to the walls as well.

And don't use tablecloths or place mats that hang over the edges of tables — babies will pull them and what's on them down.

5. Tune up ‘sharps’ and ‘flats’.

Do the corners or edges of your carefully chosen furniture and fittings pose a danger to your darling’s eyes, limbs or life, if he should fall over and hit them? If so, soften sharps with edge and corner-guards.

Next, check out the flatness of the floors in your home. If your child is learning to walk, he may trip over surfaces that won’t pose a danger to adults, such as uneven tiles, edges of thick rugs or even bumps in carpets.

6. Sort the soft and stuffed.

Do keep all blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, bumper pads, etc. out of the crib so there is nothing that can potentially suffocate baby.

Harden your couches and settees as well–soft and comfortable as throw pillows are, they pose a danger to baby who might literally drown in them.

7. Keep the cords.

Blinds with cords and curtains with ties may pose a danger-entanglement in the cords can strangle baby. Purchase cordless blinds for your home to prevent any accidents and to keep your baby safe, or cut the bottom ends of looped cords.

8. Cover your power.

Ensure that you have empty sockets plugged or covered. Hide power cables and used sockets behind furniture to keep them out of reach from curious hands.

9. Temper glass surfaces.

Glass doors and windows pose a danger not only to children but to the elderly and absent-minded as well, who may walk into them and get injured by shards.

To minimise the dangers, mark sliding doors and other expanses of glass with colourful stickers pasted at eye levels.

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10. Grill your windows.

Lastly, grill up your windows to prevent falls. Lest you are worried about making your home feel caged up, not all grills have to look the part—some are all but unnoticeable, like the Invisible Grille.

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