It's important to babyproof your home in ways that are in tune with the development stage your little one's in. Many mums and dads start to think about how to babyproof their home during the nesting phase of pregnancy, then continue to make little changes along the way. To help you, here is a handy babyproofing checklist you can use as your baby grows:

Babyproofing: Newborns

  • Keep stuffed toys and pillows out of the cot while he's sleeping.

  • Avoid fluffy bedding, blankets and pillows, and instead choose bedsheets that fit snugly onto the mattress, with a sleeping bag on top.

  • Move curtain cords and other strings out of his reach.

  • Check there are no breakables near the changing area.

Babyproofing: Crawling Babies

  • As soon as your baby starts to roll and move, it's time to install baby gates on the top and bottom of the stairs. If your house is open plan, you may also want to install baby gates to stop your baby accessing certain rooms, such as the kitchen or bathroom.

  • Get down on all fours to see what your baby can easily reach and write a list of babyproofing tasks to follow up on.

  • Childproof drawers and cupboards, especially where you store items like chemicals, medicines, tools and utensils, plastic bags, and matches or lighters.

  • Keep household appliances like the vacuum cleaner unplugged and packed away when not in use.

  • Place power cables out of your little one's reach − don't forget to check lamps, chargers, the TV, computers and other electronic devices.

  • Remove breakables, sharp items, appliances and gadgets off low shelves and tables.

  • Move house plants out of reach, and if any are toxic then remove those.

  • Once your baby can stand, move the cot base down to the lowest level.

  • If your baby is in that wriggly phase, it's a good idea to start changing your baby on the floor instead of the change table. It's also about the time to switch from regular nappies to nappy pants.

  • The bathroom and the kitchen are obvious areas to babyproof, but your curious baby is ready to explore, so don't forget to babyproof the other rooms as well.

  • Don't forget to childproof your car.

  • Find more babyproofing tips for active babies here.

Babyproofing: Toddlers

  • Baby proof the edges of sharp corners with a stick-on corner cover.

  • Take another look around your home as your toddler will now be able to reach even more now. Move appliances, breakables and sharp objects out of reach.

  • Keep infrequently used doors closed and use a doorstop on open doors to protect your little one's fingers.

  • Use window guards and move any large objects away from underneath windows so he can't accidentally climb out.

  • Avoid table cloths to prevent your little one pulling those hot plates onto himself.

  • Remove rugs so he doesn't accidentally trip.

  • Allocate one drawer or shelf where his books and toys are kept so that he's not desperately trying to find out what's in those locked off-limits drawers.

  • Babyproofing isn't just about protecting your baby (although of course that's crucial); make sure your important documents and valuables don't end up being chewed on, torn or broken by popping them out of reach as well. Learn more about tips that can help protect your baby within our baby proofing hub.