5 Tips to Babyproof Your Childs Room
Your child’s safety should be at the top of your list. Sometimes there are hidden traps that may not be visible to you. Just as a baby learns how to walk and talk new parents are also learning how to care for an infant. We want to highlight 5 things you can do to eliminate dangers that may not occur to a parent.
1. Choking Hazards
There are a number of potential choking hazards in a child’s room. The number one offender is toys. These include plastic shapes, the eyes of stuffed toys, marbles, beads, lego and deflated balloons to name a few. Any small object that glitters is an attraction to a child. The simplest object such as the top of a pen or a coin can lead to injury. Do not introduce toys that are breakable or have loose parts. We also suggest the removal of toys that have button batteries.
2. Electricity and wires
What is it that attracts a child to electrical outlets? Perhaps it is that the connection looks like a face. There are also holes that objects can be inserted into. Whatever it is children are often fascinated by these outlets. What you need are caps that can be inserted to cover the outlet. Bunnings have a number of child safety outlet covers that have dual locks that are hard to remove for an infant.
However, most of the time you need to utilise the power outlet. You can use a guard to cover over the wires. This will prevent the child from pulling out the wires. Make sure any wiring is not attached to a heavy object such as a lamp. Children love to pull on anything this loose. So make sure the wires are not attached to objects that can easily be moved.
3. Furniture and windows
Babies love windows. They will do whatever they can to see what is on the other side of that window. Babies love to climb. So remove any stepping stone that they can use to elevate themselves. This would include chairs, tables or stools. Do not rely on the window screen to prevent your child from “escaping”. The window screen will not hold your baby’s weight. The best solution is to keep these windows locked at all times. Preferably with a key. If you want to have the window open then use a guard on the running rail that can limit the gap. Make the gap no bigger than 100 centimetres.
Remove any heavy furniture items from tables and drawers. This includes lamps, radios, TV and so on. If a child can shift it they will. Look for sharp edges on your furniture and cover these. A good idea is to get down on your knees and identify dangerous areas. You will be surprised what the bedroom looks like from a child’s perspective.
If you have a 2 storey home then a baby gate is a must. It doesn’t matter if your child’s bedroom is on the ground floor or the first floor. Install the baby gate at the top of the stairs and the bottom. If the child’s room is on the first floor then you will want to prevent them from falling down the stairs. And if the child’s room is on the ground floor then you don’t want them climbing the stairs. Either way, block the top and bottom of the stairwell.
Baby monitors are an essential item in a child’s bedroom. You can choose from a sound-activated monitor to a full video monitor of the bedroom. Either option should be adequate. These monitors can react to sound, motion and temperature. The video monitors can be connected via wi-fi and viewable on your mobile phone, tablet or desktop. You can be in any room or in the backyard and pay attention to your child’s safety.
You can even auto record and take images via some of the video monitors. And you can have two-way voice communication.
We hope these tips can help eliminate some of the hazards that you may not have thought of and that your child is safer in their bedroom.