Children under the age of four are the most at risk of a home accident and this risk increases when they are in an unfamiliar environment. Your curious little toddler will want to explore their new home, but won’t be aware of the hidden dangers. In order to protect them from accidents, you should ensure the new house is babyproofed before the baby ever sets foot inside. Don’t leave it until after you move. While babyproofing the entire house might seem like a daunting task, here are the main safety precautions you should have in place to keep your baby safe and happy.
Babyproofing doors: guards and locks
After six toddlers tragically died from tipped over dressers, IKEA was forced to recall 29 million products. Doors and drawers that seem perfectly harmless to us, can cause severe injury to a small child. Prevent accidents in your new home by making sure to check that every door is completely childproofed, from the garage to the oven.
If your current furniture does not have child locks, then add them now before you move house. During the removal process, your toddler may end up lost among the furniture and gain access to dressers that they’ve never seen before. That makes now the perfect time to check that you are babyproofing the house.
A young child falls down the stairs every six minutes, making it one of the most common injuries for toddlers. It should, therefore, be a priority to add safety gates to the stairs as well as any other area of the house such as kitchen, bathroom or utility area that you consider a safety hazard. If you are moving to a bungalow, it is particularly important as the presence of stairs will pique the curiosity of your little one.
It may be tempting to leave the gates off the stairs or rooms until all the furniture has been moved into place. However, this is only recommended if your baby will also not enter the new house until all the furniture is moved. Otherwise, there is a risk they could end up on the stairs while you are distracted by the busy process of moving house. Babyproofing hazardous places like the kitchen is especially very important.
Dealing with sharp corners
The final priority you need to deal with while moving house is the issue of sharp corners. A child old enough to crawl or walk will tear around a new environment at top speed as they get to know their new surroundings. This will inevitably lead to a bump on the head one day. You can limit the damage caused by putting corner cushions on any sharp object. From the corners of the walls to coffee tables, making this simple change can help prevent any serious injury from occurring.
Any good mom knows about babyproofing a house, but when you are moving, you have the perfect opportunity to do it properly. Before your family moves in, go around the house and identify the key problem areas. Once you have cushioned hard corners and secured the doors and stairs, your baby or toddler will be ready to move in and explore their new home.