How to Childproof Your House

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In one of our earlier articles, we discussed the possible ways to baby proof a basement. (You can find the article here). Today, we would like to take it one step further and teach you how to childproof your home, including your basement.

The first thing that you will have to do is cover every electric outlet. Children, especially smaller ones, tend to like touching everything around, including electric outlets. Storing chemicals and other dangerous substances on higher shelves should also be high on your list of priorities, as should keeping all medicine away from your children’s reach.

Anchoring your furniture with anchor straps is also a good idea. Children have no sense of safety, and it is not uncommon for large furnitures to tip over and hurt them. If it makes you feel better, we also encourage you to cover furniture corners with foam.

If your basement is unfinished, we recommend that you install a safety gate to the stairs leading to it. Similarly, you might feel a bit more at peace with a lock on the door. If all fails to keep the little ones from exploring the basement, ensure that the latter is devoid of any harmful substances and that the walls are properly covered if the basement is currently in the process of being remodelled.

Lastly, try to see through the eyes of your child what could potentially prove to be dangerous to them. That breakable flower pot in the living room? It might not be such a good idea to leave it within the grasp of your child. What about that pool outside? Only by becoming a child will you be able to truly childproof your house and your basement.

How to Baby Proof Your Basement

BabyLittle ones enjoy exploring. It is in their nature to wander around the house, opening doors that they should not open and crawling in spaces that they should not be in. Unfortunately, a basement could prove to be potentially dangerous to those curious little ones. As a parent, it is your responsibility to ensure that your basement is baby proofed. Here are some tips that might be useful to you:

1. Install a baby gate at the top of the stairs. This is the best way to prevent falls and to ensure that your baby does not stray where he or she should not.

2. Consider also installing a door lock. A door lock would give you peace of mind through its extra protection.

3. Inside the basement, ensure that every shelf and furniture is secured with a L-bracket. This will prevent those furnitures from tiping over and hurting your child.

4. Make sure that the area is devoid of mold.  While mold can be dangerous to just about anyone, mold is especially dangerous to infants and children.

5. Keep chemicals and potentially dangerous supplies at bay. Should your baby somehow manage to find his or her way into the basement, it is crucial that you learn to keep such chemicals and supplies away from their reach. Consider storing them on a very high shelf or locking them up in a cabinet.

6. Clear out the clutter. Even if you think that an object could never hurt a baby, it is always a good idea to keep your basement in order. You never know what might be hiding inside that box.

7. Finally, cover the walls if your basement is unfinished. This will provide a safer environment as exposed installations could prove to be dangerous.

Letting your baby wander the house is necessary for your baby to develop a healthy curiosity. It is the best way for them to experience and learn about the world. However, there are places that your baby should not explore, and your basement is among them.