Posted on Dec 16, 2022 in Blog
It’s no secret that babies are accident-prone. In addition, they’re constantly making discoveries between learning to walk and trying to figure out how to communicate. That’s why it’s essential to have a safe home environment where babies can crawl, play, and learn. Here are some safety essentials to make your home baby-proof.
1. Protect Electrical Outlets With Covers
As adults, we know the safety practices for dealing with outlets and electrical sockets, but this is something babies need to learn as they go. Covering all of the electrical outlets in your home with safety covers stops little toddler hands from curiously reaching for dangerous fixtures. They’re simple to install and cost very little, so there’s no reason not to do it!
2. Secure Your Home With Locks and Gates
Locks and gates are the most basic baby-proofing items for your home. For example, adding cabinet locks that require adult strength to open keeps your cookware from tumbling onto the floor. Or own a gate to restrict your child’s movements – mainly to keep them away from stairs. You don’t want to turn your home into an inescapable fortress, but babies can reach places you didn’t even think they could.
3. Hide Wires and Cords Away
Wires and cords can be dangerous if they’re not adequately hidden. Here are some tips for baby-proofing your electronic cords and cables.
- Hide cords and wires away, so they’re not accessible to curious children. This will help to keep them safe from electrical shocks and other accidents.
- Put cables and wires in PVC pipes so they’re organized but out of reach.
- Use cable ties to secure cords to furniture or walls or place them inside cabinet doors or corners.
4. Hide Dangerous Plants Out of Reach
Curious, growing kids go through a phase where they put everything in their mouths. Usually, it’s harmless, but some plants and flowers in your home can be toxic if ingested. But plant lovers can keep still keep plants! But, of course, you have to take a few precautions.
- Keep all dangerous plants on high surfaces rather than the floor or coffee table. This includes both indoor and outdoor plants.
- If you have any plants in high-traffic areas like the living room or the kitchen, ensure they’re securely fastened to the wall or countertop, so they don’t fall on top of unsuspecting children.
5. Secure Loose Furniture
Secure loose furniture is one of the most important safety measures when baby-proofing your home. This includes anything that could fall and injure your child, like tables, chairs, and cribs.
There are a few ways to do this: you can use screws or bolts to secure furniture to the wall or floor or purchase brackets that will hold objects in place. Regardless of how you go about it, test the installation beforehand to ensure everything is stable and safe.
Safety is among the most important factors when building a home with your little ones in mind. After going through all these safety essentials, wouldn’t you agree that baby-proofing in your custom home should be a cakewalk?
San Rufo Homes has come up with various layout designs that make building a custom home for your growing family a breeze. Browse our layouts and visit our show homes to see the possibilities up close!