Do you have a baby on the way and currently live in a purely adult-friendly house? Many parents are very safety conscious about their children in public, but neglect the area where their children will spend the most time of their early years – their own homes. In Australia, more than half of unintentional deaths and injuries of children aged 0-4 years occur in the home or backyard (Kidsafe). Therefore it is essential to make your home as safe as possible for your children. Follow these tips for a kid friendly home.
Suss out your home
Get down on your hands and needs into baby mode and scope out your house. What’s within (baby) arms’ reach? What looks inviting to grab or inviting to explore? This will help you determine which cupboards or spaces your child might climb into.
Lock away dangerous items
Put away any poisons, chemicals, medicines, vitamins, sharps or pointy items either out of reach or in a locked/child proof cupboard.
Set up no-go zones
There will be certain areas which are dangerous for your child to be in. Gates are a good way to keep children out of areas which are too difficult to child proof. Ensure that you buy brand-new, modern safety gates, as old models can pose a strangulation threat to children. Installing a gate at the top of the stairs is a must to prevent falls. Install one that screws into the wall, not a pressure gate, as they have the potential to come loose.