While nothing takes the place of mum and dad's watchful eye, these babyproofing tips will help make sure your home is ready for that super active, crawling stage.
Get Down and Crawl!
You might feel silly but crawling around your home will help you see what items are within your baby’s reach. For example, when you crawl under your desk you’ll remember that power socket that has to be covered. You’ll see that cupboard in the bathroom holding detergents you’d forgotten about. Take a good look around and make a list of everything that needs babyproofing. While you’re there, remove any small rugs that could potentially cause him to trip as he starts taking those first few steps.
Cover All Power Sockets
All electrical sockets need to be protected with baby safe covers so your baby’s curious fingers can’t touch them. Make sure you find all the power sockets - because even if you’ve forgotten all about that socket, your inquisitive baby will surely find it!
Cover Power Cables
Crawling babies will find the unlikeliest spots, and they’ll tug on anything within their grasp. Make sure all electrical cords are out of reach, including those for chargers, lamps, the TV and the hairdryer. A good option is to either hide the cords, or bundle them together under a cable cover.
When it comes to curtains or blinds either choose ones without cords, or tie the cords up so they aren’t hanging low enough for your little one to play with.
Sharp corners on tables, bed frames and chairs should be cushioned in case your little one bumps into them. Handy stick-on corner guards can be removed later when your child is taller than the corners.
Once your baby's crawling, he's going to try to pull himself up on objects as he tries to take those first steps. Toddlers will also tug and lean on furniture for fun. Make sure heavy objects like cupboards, dressers, drawers, bookcases and stands are fixed to the wall or floor.
Place baby safety gates on the stairs, both at the top and bottom. There are many different types of baby gates to choose from and they should be installed before your baby starts crawling.
Lock Away Potential Hazards
Active babies are fascinated with exploring cupboards and drawers. Pay special attention to babyproofing the bathroom and the kitchen, but don’t forget the garage, spare room and home office. Lock away potentially dangerous items like medicines, cleaning supplies, tools, weights, matches, plastic bags and other hazards.
Childproof Windows and Doors
As your baby starts walking, childproof the windows and doors as well. This could include adding a childproof latch to windows, and removing any big items from under the window so your little one can’t climb out. Keep doors that are usually closed shut but when doors are open use a door stop to prevent those little fingers getting pinched.
For more tips, check out how to babyproof your home for all of those childhood stages.
It’s wonderful to see your baby on the move, but it can also make nappy changes more challenging (since he won’t want to keep still). This is when many parents consider switching from regular nappies to nappy pants.