So the little ones have arrived or are on route, and there are a few changes that are going to have to be made around your home. Most importantly, your home should be a safe environment for children and by making a few small changes, you will be able to avoid potential hazards to your children.
Certain areas are particular areas of concern, most notably, electrical outlets, appliances, cabinets, staircases and furniture with sharp edges. Little ones like to explore and get their hands into anything and everything, so be sure to add latches to cabinet doors (especially if the house hazardous products like cleaning materials).
Avoid dangerous falls by using baby gates around the home, especially on staircases. Gates can also be used to restrict access to rooms that house hazardous products, such as your laundry room or storage areas. Cover all electrical outlets in the home using plastic inserts.
Consider changing or rearranging certain furniture pieces. Some coffee tables and side tables can have very sharp edges. It might be a good idea to invest in a few pieces that have softer, rounder edges, or even a leather ottoman to replace a coffee table.
At the end of the day, a whole home overhaul is by no means necessary to childproof your home. By making a few of the above noted minor changes, your home can be a safe and child friendly environment for children.
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