How To Make Your Home Safe For Baby

Crawling baby

There comes a point as a parent where we start to think about how to make the home safe for baby.  I’ve sat and listened to many new parents who are desperate for baby to start rolling over, crawling around and get on the move.  I completely understand how parents want to see their children develop but there really is no rush.

As soon as baby is on the move you are faced with a whole new set of challenges.  They are into everything and a complete danger to themselves as they still aren’t able to follow instruction and do not understand the consequences of their actions.  At this point you literally need eyes in the back of your head.

Crawling baby

Child safety and baby proofing the home is a huge priority for parents from the moment they start moving until around 3 years old.  There are of course, still dangers after 3 years old but they are a little bit more in control of their actions and start to understand the concepts of getting hurt and dangerous in a different way.    As they talk more they can also indicate to parents better what they understand so risk in the home is easier to measure for a parent.

When my son was born, there seemed to be a lot of information around for parents about how to make the home safe for a baby and toddler.  We had a lot more contact with our health visitors and more information was provided back in those days.  Things seemed to have changed in recent years, and we didn’t receive the same level of information about baby proofing our home when the girls were born.  Perhaps they didn’t think we needed the support in this area, but it dawned on me that my husband hadn’t been around small children before and wasn’t aware of some of the dangers.

I was aware of the things we needed to do to our home to make it safe for a moving baby, but my husband really didn’t have a clue.  I remember going into the kitchen and finding all kinds of hazards that were dangerous for the children.  These were some of the things we had a chat about to make our home safer.

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How To Make Your Home Safe For Baby

How To Make Your Home Safe For Baby

  • Turn pan handles in when cooking, just in case little people get into the kitchen.
  • Keep knives, hot drinks or containers and kettles at the back of the kitchen work surfaces or out of reach.  It only takes a second for a curious child to pick something up that is dangerous.  I turned my back for a second in a holiday home we were staying in and my daughter was walking towards me with a hot cup of coffee in her hand.  Fortunately no harm was done, but it made me think how we have to be extra careful in new surroundings.
  •  Kids love plug sockets don’t they.  They are just at the right height, and perfect for sticking things in.  Socket covers are essential for making a home safe for baby.
  • Check that furniture is stable and secured to the wall where necessary.  There have been a few horrific cases of children losing their lives or being seriously injured by falling heavy furniture.  We had a second hand chest of draws that was on legs.  It was top heavy and my son tried to climb it. Fortunately no harm came to him, but it was down to luck and some quick reactions on my part.
  • Make sure chemicals are out of reach or locked in cupboards.  Pay particular attention to capsules used for detergent that are brightly coloured and very attractive to children and babies.
  • Start educating your child about safety from the very beginning.  As soon as they are on the move, teach them how to get off sofas backwards or come down the stairs safely.  As much as we keep an eye on our little ones, we can soon get distracted by another child needing something or someone at the door and hazardous situations can arise very quickly.  Teaching them how to stay safe can help reduce accidents in the home.

There are lots of things to think about in every room in the house when you start looking at baby proofing.  Every home is different too, and what works in one, might not work in another.  For example, we have a stair gate to prevent our children going in to the kitchen.  In an open plan kitchen you would need to put looks on the cupboards to make it safe and move everything dangerous to the back of the work spaces.

To help parents make their home safe for baby Sunlife have devised this fantastic tool that takes you through all the rooms in the house and the things you might need to do to make it safe.  I think it’s an excellent idea to help baby proof the home and a perfect tool to help Dad’s become more aware of baby proofing if they missed the home safety talk or didn’t see the leaflet from the health visitor.

Zena Goldman

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life. Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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8 Discussion to this post

  1. Natalia says:

    I don’t have babies yet, but their safety is one of the things that really worries me. Thanks for sharing this advice xxx

  2. Kara Guppy says:

    I always advise crawling around on your hands and knees or lay on the floor so you can see what baby sees
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  3. Rachel says:

    Some really good points, my sister uses Gaffer tape on so much stuff to prevent scratches and bumps too x
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  4. I can relate. Baby proofing the house was a big thing for me.
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  5. StressedMum says:

    Some great tips here, there is so much you have to think about when they start getting on the move.

  6. Nat Jones says:

    This is great advice! I’ve almost got out of practice with this as my eldest is now a bit older but my youngest is starting to roll around now so it’s time to swot up again

  7. Great post and tips Zena. I remember these days well.

  8. Kayleigh Watkins says:

    My Mollie has learned to roll over and is trying to crawl, we have to make our home baby safe again, Megan is nearly 5 so everything has gone back to normal, safety gates are down but luckily we kept them, we are in a maisonette so have to sets of stairs, my aunty came to visit with my baby cousin who’s just learning to walk last week, she pulled all the DVDs etc out and I thought I’ve got all this to come again xxx

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