It is an exciting time when we know a little one is on the way and we have to revamp our homes for the impending arrival. All childproof measures are to be taken, such as removing that sharp corner of one of the dining room table’s legs, fixing that forever upturned carpet in the living room, moving all heavy objects from a place where they could potentially fall. These are just a few measures and there are many more which all of us, as parents, will know about. But is your home as childproof as it seems?
However, the most exciting aspect is decorating a room in preparation for the new addition. Which colour scheme are you going to choose? Which crib is the one which will reflect the personality of your baby and the room? Are you going to go minimal or are you going to make the room a sensory haven for your baby? Are you going to change the lighting in the room and choose some LED lighting from Bright Lightz or are you going to put in some lamps?
Regardless of how you choose to decorate your baby’s room, you will also need to put some careful consideration and clear thought into how you are going to ensure the room is safe, free from any potential risk and that the way it is set out allows you to be relaxed and stress free when your baby is asleep in their room.
It may not seem that you need to put these measures in place when your baby is extremely young but before you know it your baby will be growing really fast and will be crawling, walking, talking and feeding themselves in what will seem like a short amount of time. When your baby does begin to develop, then you will realise that all the safety measures you put in place were worth all your time and thought. During a baby’s process of maturing, they can be very interested in their surroundings and are prone to a lot of exploration (as all us parents will know!), so it is very important that you adjust your home and their room to fit with their needs.
You may just be used to your baby rolling around on the floor, but when they start to crawl and talk nothing is out of bounds for them. Lock all cupboards within their reach, remove anything which could cause them harm from off the ground (such as a cat’s litter tray and animal feeding bowls), make sure all doors can’t be pushed open which could result in their fingers becoming damaged, and even put baby gates in doorways and passages which lead to stairs. Depending on your home, and baby, the needs will change so you will need to put some thought into what you need to do and what you do not need to do, to ensure the safety of your child at home.
If you’re unsure if your home is as safe as it should be, talk to friends and family, do research and you will come to a logical conclusion.