How to childproof your new home after you move in
If you have recently relocated to a new house or apartment with a baby, there are many precautionary measures that you need to take immediately in order to keep it safe. Baby-proofing is the process of identifying any possible dangers and hidden threats to your child around your new home and then efficiently neutralizing them. Baby-proofing your new home should be your top priority. Start it as soon as you can, even before you are done with unpacking. Remember that your baby does not look at the world from your point of view, so go from room to room, get on your knees and look around and identify potential household hazards. Babies usually begin to crawl at eight months old, which means most start moving even earlier. A crawling baby will soon start pulling itself up onto surfaces as well, which means chairs, tables, and other surfaces are no longer beyond their reach.
We have provided you with a list to help you childproof your new home for a baby. A crawling baby can cover around a quarter of a mile in the time it takes to make a cup of coffee.
Remember to keep hot food and drinks away from the edge of tables and counters, as your child could reach it and possibly spill over him or herself. Turn pan handles toward the back of the stove for the same reason. Fit an oven door guard to prevent burns and make sure that you turn off appliances when you have finished using them.
Make sure that all your matches and lighters are in a locked cupboard, away from your baby’s reach. And all hair dryers and hair straighteners should be kept out of reach and put them away once you have finished using them.
Avoid using soft, fluffy bedding such as comforters, pillows, or sheepskins under your sleeping baby. When your baby starts getting up and moving around, remove any mobiles and hanging toys that are within reach. When your baby pulls up, put the mattress in its lowest position. Do not leave toys in the crib when your baby is sleeping. Keep the drop side of the crib up and locked when you are not in the room and do not hang toys or objects that could be a hazard on the cot. If you have a cat, you should put a cat net over your baby’s cot.
Never leave your baby by itself on sofas or beds, on the changing table, in a bouncy or high chair, or in any other place from which she or he can fall. Use window guards on your windows and install safety gates to block stairways at the top and bottom. If your stair railings are separated by a distance greater than 2.5 inches, block them with Plexiglas, plastic garden fencing, or other material.
Keep your knives, breakables, heavy pans, and other dangerous items locked up or out of reach. Use safety gates, door locks, and knob covers to stop your baby from getting into places you do not want her or him to reach. Put locks or latches on cupboards and drawers that contain unsafe items. Use rubbish bins with childproof lids and cover or block access to floor heaters and hot radiators. Do not use tablecloths or placemats, as your baby will pull them and anything that is on them down. Secure your refrigerator with an appliance latch. Install a fireguard if you have a fireplace, and keep it in place when a fire is burning. Make sure your gas fireplace keys are out of reach and store logs, matches, and fireplace tools out of reach.
Attach corner and edge guards to your furniture. Secure furniture that can topple such as bookcases and drawers to the walls. Keep televisions on low pieces of furniture and pushed as far back as possible and place tall, unstable lamps behind furniture. Place the high chair away from areas where your baby can reach out to potentially dangerous items or use the surface to push against. When not in use, store the high chair out of reach of children, so they can’t try to climb on it.
Check your home and remove medicines, vitamins, toiletries, mothballs, cleaning agents, and other potentially toxic items out of reach or keep them locked up. Get rid of toxic houseplants such as philodendron or keep them out of reach. Never put household chemicals into unmarked containers or old food containers.
Make sure that the safest toys are securely put together and in good condition. They should not have any buttons, eyes, beads, ribbons, or other pieces that your baby could pull off and possibly choke on. You can tell if a toy is too heavy if it would harm your baby if it were to fall on her or him. These toys should not have any strings or cords longer than 11-12 inches.
Do not leave your baby unattended in or near a pool or other body of water. If you have a pool, put fencing around it that is at least a meter high with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Do not leave even small amounts of cleaning solutions, water, or other liquids in buckets or other containers around the house.
Make sure that your blind cords and chains are out of reach of your child. All blinds sold should either be cordless or have tensioned cords or concealed cords. Any hanging cords or chains should be secured and once again make sure that these cords are out of your child’s reach. Keep your baby’s crib and all furniture away from the windows. Mark sliding doors and other large pieces of glass with colorful stickers. Keep your baby off furniture where it has access to open windows.
We hope you found these tips helpful, and we wish you a great life in your new home. In case you need someone to help you with your international move, visit My International Movers to find out about the services we offer.