Make no mistake about it – baby-proofing an entire home takes more than ticking just five boxes alone! It’s a constant and pretty relentless battle from day one (just like motivating yourself to exercise every day), with pretty much every step you take bringing to light a thousand more potential dangers around the home.
While far from an exhaustive list, here’s a quick rundown of five effective ways to get started baby-proofing your home right now:
1) Keep It Locked Away Safely
First up, keeping anything potentially harmful away from busy hands can be tricky at the best of times. Nevertheless, installing child safety magnetic cabinet locks around the home can quickly and easily ensure that every cupboard, drawer and cabinet you’d rather keep them out of remains 100% out of bounds at all times. aZenvita currently offer a range of innovative reusable magnetic locks, which can be put to use in seconds with no drilling, no screws and no tools required whatsoever.
2) Secure TVs and Monitors
Flat-screen televisions and computer monitors are becoming larger and more lightweight all the time. Which means it only every takes a wandering toddler’s wobbly-grab in the wrong place at the wrong time to bring them crashing down – often with disastrous consequences. Securing televisions is usually as easy as getting a few screws into the wall to fix a bracket in place, which can be completed in a matter of minutes and will make a real difference.
3) Keep Cables Out of Reach
Electrical cables pose both a tripping hazard and the obvious fire/shock risk that comes with anything electrical. As babies tend to be a little on the fearless side with these kinds of things, it’s in everyone’s best interests if they are kept as far out of the way as possible. Simply tidying and tying them up can make a big difference, as can ensuring anything that isn’t in use is kept unplugged at all other times, just to be safe.
4) Cover Those Corners
Babies and toddlers tend to be pretty durable on the whole – they get up, fall, get up and fall again dozens of times every day. Which most of the time proves to be a harmless learning exercise – unless there are sharp corners in the vicinity. You have to assume that if there is a dangerous or sharp corner anywhere around, chances are they will find it the hard way sooner or later. Corner protectors can be picked up for next to nothing these days, though it’s also perfectly possible to make your own using anything soft enough and something to stick it in place.
5) Cover Those Sockets
Last but not least, tiny fingers (and sometimes even toes!) are the perfect size to find their way into electric sockets – the results of which can of course be devastating. To overlook even a single socket is to open the door to disaster – precisely why it pays to be precise and proactive. Once again, protective cover and plugs can be picked up for next to nothing these days, or you can come up with your own creative ways of making sure all plugs around the home are safely and effectively covered.