With some exceptions to the rule, most babies start crawling and exploring their surroundings at around eight months. It is vital to have a baby proofed home, so the little ones can safely investigate what it seems to be a whole new world without harming themselves.
Since “a crawling baby can cover roughly a quarter of a mile in the time it takes to make a cup of tea”, as Baby Centre mentions, the best thing to do to prevent any unwanted bruises is to have a safe home for the whole family, while still satiating the little ones’ ardent curiosity.
It is recommended to start childproofing your house three months before your due date, as some baby proofing preparations might take time. The fact that you have you’ll have your home prepared for when the little one comes home will be one less thing to worry about, so then you can only reflect on how you created such a beautiful little human.
If you feel too overwhelmed with all the necessary baby proofing preparations, we recommend London, handyman, The Handy Squad, for example, have been installing baby gates and baby proof catches for Londoners and their little ones. We’ve all been through the same situation and understand that it’s ok to ask for an extra pair of hands every now and then.
You can start childproofing your home by adding soft plastic covers to furniture’s corners and installing baby gates at the top and bottom of stairs. Installing hinge protectors on doors and ironing boards can prevent your children’s fingers from getting trapped and hurt.
As soon as your child starts crawling, they will quickly start pulling up furniture too to try and get up, which means heavy furniture should be secured to the wall. Tall and wobbly lamps should be placed behind furniture; if you have a fireplace installing a fireplace screen is extremely important. Also, all electrical cords should be carefully hidden.
Mothercare recommends installing plug sockets protectors even in British sockets, which even though have shutters to protect your child in case they stick their finger inside, don’t protect the child in case they stick something other than their fingers inside.
According to The Bump’s baby proofing checklist, if you have any flaking or peeling paint you should get it removed or sealed by a professional, especially if your house was built before 1978. That year, dust from lead paint was banned from residential use and can be harmful if ingested. The Handy Squad has an expert team of painters and decorators who can help with this, and as professionals, they might notice a hazard that you haven’t thought of.
It’s normal for your children to have minor accidents, so make sure you have emergency contacts and medical information stored on your phone; and in case of an emergency, ensure that your house number is visible, so fire or rescue can locate you quickly.
This article was written by a first-time father and Managing Director of Ad Lab Magento Developers, David Newman.