The arrival of a new baby can spark a safety concern or two (three, four…) as your home suddenly changes overnight to become the most dangerous place on earth.
Luckily, in this guide you can find all the useful equipment and gadgets available for your baby proofing needs – to keep baby swaddled in safety, no matter how big they grow!
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1 – Baby Gates
A baby gate can be used to keep children away from the kitchen, the staircase and any other high-risk area. Typically used for little ones up to the age of two, child safety gates are an essential addition to the home – especially when the rolling, crawling and walking begins!
2 – Fire Guards and Smoke Alarms
Though not relevant to all homes, if you have any sort of fire feature, safety fire guards are crucial. Effective fire guards should have a top that prevents items from falling into the fire. For this reason, and for the fact it will act as a deterrent against placing items to rest on top, a curved fire guard is best. For maximum safety, the guard will need to be full sized and hooked to the wall.
All homes should also have at least one, fully-functioning smoke alarm. In fact, audible smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are key devices for the safety of children and adults. Test alarms monthly to ensure they are operating correctly, and replace the batteries every year.
3 – Glass Safety Film
Low-lying glass panels are a potential hazard. If you have existing doors that are not made of safety glass, you can cover the glass with safety film. This is designed to contain any loose, jagged shards – should the glass break. Note: the film can also be used on glass-top tables.
4 – Door Stoppers and Edge Protectors
Stoppers can be used to halt heavy doors shutting on a child’s fingers and to prevent children from shutting themselves in a room. Alternately, a doorstop can prevent a door – especially a large one – from moving at all.
In much the same way as door stoppers, edge protectors can halt babies and children coming into contact with any hard, sharp dangers. Corner guards are particularly effective and can be used on household items such as tables and desks.
6 – Drawer and Cupboard Catches and Locks
Designed to allow a cupboard or drawer to open just a few centimetres, drawer and cupboard catches or child locks are a must-have when there is a curious little one around!
Child cupboard locks are particularly effective when your baby begins to crawl and explore, preventing baby’s fingers from finding sharp objects or poisonous liquids.
Of course, there will come a time when your baby will work out the mechanics of what is preventing them from access – but, until then, this feature will provide reassurance and peace of mind.
7 – Baby Monitors
A baby monitor is not necessarily a safety device, but it is a device that will help to ease your worry and will notify you of all your baby’s mumblings and grumblings while you are in another part of the house. Especially if it’s a baby monitor with camera!
Bear in mind not to place the monitor too near to baby’s cot, particularly if they are old enough to reach out and grab, and ensure any dangling wires and cables are kept away, and hidden if possible.
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