The key to childproofing your home is spotting potential dangers and removing risk for your child.
Before your baby arrives: Childproofing checklist
- Install and check smoke detectors are working on a regular basis.
- Ensure there is a working fire extinguisher on each floor.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors if you’ve gas or oil and ensure you check batteries twice a year.
- Prepare a first-aid kit for your baby.
- Post emergency numbers next to your phone, including your baby’s GP.
- If paint is flaking or peeling, it should be removed or sealed.
- Cover sharp edges with padding.
- Set your water heater to 48 degrees celsius or below, as a baby’s skin is more delicate than yours.
- Install window stops so they open no further than 4 inches.
- Shorten blind cords to ensure they’re out of reach of a child.
- Install covers on electrical sockets.
Before your baby begins to crawl: Childproofing checklist
- Install safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs.
- Keep hot food and plates away from the edges of tables and counters.
- While cooking, turn handles towards the back of the cooker.
- Once your baby can get up on their hands and knees, mobiles and hanging toys should be removed from the cot and the mattress should be set to the lowest setting.
- Use doorstops to protect your baby’s fingers.
- Keep electrical appliances such as hair dryers out of reach.
- Never leave your child alone on beds, couches, bouncy chairs, high chairs or changing tables.
- Use rubbish bins that are fitted with childproof lids.
- Secure fridges, cabinets and presses with appliance locks.
- Attach corner and edge guards.
- Never leave your child alone near a body of water, regardless how small for any length of time.
- Ensure all blind cords are out of reach of a child.
To really know your own home’s dangers, take a minute to get down on your hands and knees and go through room-to room from a child’s vantage point. Yes, really! You might feel a bit silly, but you’ll be able to spot hazards easily. Don’t forget the garage, garden and driveway too.
View our safety booklet on the Mummy Pages website for more information.