Congratulations, your family is moving into your new home! No doubt you’re already planning who gets which bedroom, what direction the sofa should face and what colour to repaint the bathroom.
But before you move in, also stop and ask yourself, “How do I make this home a safe, child-friendly zone?”
Every baby and department store has a plethora of gadgets, including the obvious: gates for stairs; child (and apparently grandparent) locks for kitchen cabinets; rubber corner guards for, well, corners.
Here are several safety tips I found priceless:
- Tie up your blinds’ cords or loop them out of reach. It’s amazing how quickly kids can wrap them around their necks.
- Limit the temperature of your hot water system to 50 degrees or less. You may need an after-market device.
- Install flywire (or mozzie nets if that’s impractical). An angry bite can keep a toddler (and you) up for hours overnight.
- Secure bookcases and heavy furniture to the walls. Kids seem to have a knack for climbing furniture.
- For winter, place heaters out of reach or put barriers around them until your children learn not to touch.
One thing my husband and I found really effective was dedicating one room to toys and play, making it totally childproof. Not only did it give us a break from the constant monitoring, our kids had somewhere they could play independently, confidently and (sometimes) quietly.
The best way to childproof your home is to spend lots of time teaching your kids about safe play. But it’s difficult to communicate that to babies and toddlers.
Author: Melanie Smith
Melanie is a loving wife, mum and dedicated Aussie Broker. She lives with her family in Brisbane’s inner north side, but is originally from Victoria. She’s passionate about helping families like her own achieve their financial goals and enjoys a bit of footy.