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Babyproofing Your Home in 10 Steps

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Today, you will learn how to babyproof your home. Why? Because when you become a parent, it changes the way you see the world.

Every object, every corner, and everything your cooing infant’s grabbing becomes a potential life-threatening tool for disaster waiting to happen. 

It’s not just the speed that babies shuttle about – they also have no awareness of the danger that lurks about at every crawl of the way.

Do You Have to Babyproof Your House?

Yes, you do. 

Don’t underestimate the dangers of everyday objects and the inquisitiveness of these little minds. Once babies can move about from four months of age, they try to satisfy their curious little minds by grabbing almost everything in reach. 

Babyproofing your entire home may sound like a tedious task, but it can help to prevent many injuries and accidents that can happen in a split second.

Babies and young children have delicate bodies, making it a wise decision to perform as much babyproofing as possible. 

While we won’t be able to keep an eye on our children 24/7, responsible parents will take measures to make sure that the kids are out of harm’s way! 

How Much Does It Cost to Babyproof a House?

Before we get started on the 10 steps, let’s address another common question. How much does babyproofing cost?

Well, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to make sure your house is safe for your baby. 

The price largely varies on the amount of babyproofing you’re doing, as well as the cost of each item. If you’re going for a budget, you can shop at affordable places like Daiso and even online on Shopee to get quality without the cost. 

As your baby grows and develops, you may find new things around the house that require babyproofing, and this may change the overall amount that you’re paying. Therefore, the actual figure really depends. 

Think about your baby’s needs and consider setting up a budget to help you stick to a cost range that works for you! 

How to Babyproof Your House

So, what exactly should you babyproof?

Before you get started, it may be handy to prepare a checklist so you don’t miss out on anything. In a nutshell, these 10 things are things you want to include in this checklist:

  1. Sharp corners
  2. Doors, exits and entrances
  3. Electrical sockets and gadgets
  4. Safety of sleeping environment
  5. Slippery floors
  6. Areas that are particularly dangerous like the kitchen and toilet 
  7. Hard surfaces
  8. Potentially heavy/bulky stuff that could topple
  9. Elongated stuff like wires, cords, strings
  10. Choking hazards (anything small like buttons, nuts, etc)

Babyproofing Your House in 10 Steps

1. Cover All Sharp Corners 

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Cover Sharp Corners to Protect your Baby – from MEIDE Babysitters

Watch out for sharp corners.

See that dining table over there? How about the wall beside you?

The edges and corners of both fixtures, fittings and furniture can be sharp. If your baby is just learning how to walk or is still crawling, a slip or fall can easily lead to them bumping their heads or faces against these dangerous corners.

It may be more serious depending on the sharpness and materials as well – for example, metal or glass can cut more severely than plastic and wood.

2. Keep All Doors Closed

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Keep Doors Closed to Babyproof your home – from MEIDE Babysitters

Close the doors around the house.

Doors to particularly dangerous parts of the house should be closed, like the kitchen and toilet. You can use child-safety door locks or baby gates to do this.

Most of us also like to store medicine bottles in the kitchen cabinets.

Let’s not forget the toxic toilet cleaning equipment and cleaners we keep inside, too!

Keep the doors closed and locked with the relevant locks so your child doesn’t eat these chemical or medicinal substances unknowingly. Toilet seat covers should also be kept close with child-proof locks.

If your house has a staircase, install a baby gate at the top and bottom as well. This makes sure that your baby doesn’t climb up and risk toppling back down, or roll all the way down from the top.

Lastly, remember to use baby gates around the kitchen, storeroom and toilets. These, in addition to oven-door and cooker guards, will help prevent nasty accidents with the adventurous little one.

3. Cover All Exposed Sockets and Wiring

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Cover Electric Sockets to Protect your Baby – from MEIDE Babysitters

Conceal all exposed electric sockets, to babyproof your home.

Sometimes, we don’t notice small details that may be fatal. Take a look around your house and count the number of exposed sockets and electrical wiring you can see.

An exposed socket or wiring with the power on and electrical current running poses a risk of electrocution. The effects may be worsened if your child touches the socket with wet hands.

To counter this problem, get an electrician to install protective casings that can be padlocked. Many “waterproof” casings for electric sockets can be used for this purpose too! They are safer compared to those plug-ins that could become a choking hazard.

4. Use Recommended Sleeping Arrangements

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Ensure your baby sleeps safely with MEIDE Babysitters

Plan your baby’s sleeping arrangements carefully. There are many considerations beyond the scope of this article.

However, a key pointer to note is that a significant number of infant deaths are related to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Thus, remember to keep your baby’s bed or crib free of clutter like toys, blankets and cushions.

Even though you may feel closer to your child, or find it easier to breastfeed in the middle of the night when you keep your baby with you during bedtime on the same bed, avoid doing so. For instance, exhausted adults may tragically tumble over the baby or suffocate them. Keeping the baby in their crib is usually the safest arrangement.

5. Keep Surfaces Dry To Babyproof Your Home

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Stop baby falling down on wet floor with MEIDE Babysitters

Make sure surfaces are dry. 

Children can slip and fall easily if they move along wet and slippery surfaces. Some potentially hazardous areas are the kitchen and toilet. When babies do fall, they risk a potentially life-threatening head injury!

Remember to always keep your baby out of the way, when there is any cleaning on-going in the house!

In addition, avoid collecting water at any spot around the house. All it takes is a small amount of water for a baby to drown, so make sure the spaces are as dry as possible. 

6. Set and Lock the Water Heater Temperature

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Be cautious of hot water around baby – MEIDE Babysitters

Keep water temperatures low, as part of many steps to babyproof your home.

Babies can scald themselves easily when they turn on the tap unknowingly. Hence, keep the temperature below 45 degrees Celsius at all times to avoid a nasty shock. Also, babies can easily turn and fiddle with the knob or handle, and unwittingly set the water temperature to your house’s maximum. Thus, contact your plumber or handyman on how to lock the temperature so it does not exceed a certain degree.

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7. Put Soft Padding on Floors 

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Soft Floor Padding Protects Your Baby – from MEIDE Babysitters

Make sure hard floors are padded, to babyproof your home.

Many parents prefer to place padding like playmats or mats in the living room where their children play most frequently. This can greatly minimize the impact of tumbles or falls by providing a cushion for your baby.

Most playmat brands allow you to choose the thickness you prefer – of course, it’s typically the thicker, the better.

8. Secure Bulky and Suspended Furniture to the Walls

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Protect baby from falling shelves with MEIDE Babysitters

Secure heavy bookcases to the wall to prevent accidents.

Babies and children who have learnt to crawl or walk, may move to the furniture, like that bookshelf at the corner, and pull or tug at them. They may even use them to pull themselves up.

If unsecured, furniture may topple over and land on your baby. Suspended furniture like frames and pots are also dangerous for young children. There is a possibility of them dropping on your child if they are not fixed securely to the walls.

Fix your furniture to the walls so that this doesn’t happen!

9. Go Cordless To Babyproof Your Home

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Protect your baby from cords and wires with MEIDE Babysitters

Avoid keeping products or apparels with strangulation risks, within sight. This is vital to babyproof your home.

Do you use curtains or blinds that have hanging tassels or cords? How about electrical appliances like vacuum cleaners? They are, amongst many others, strangulating devices for your toddler. If possible, buy wireless appliances and products so that you minimize the risk of strangulation or choking.

Also, ensure all plugs and wires connected to sockets are hidden, locked, and located in places where your baby cannot reach. One useful tip is to use the “waterproof” casing for your electric socket and a safe electrical extension socket to be placed on high secured and locked cabinets.

10. Keep Choking Hazards Out of Reach

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Be wary of choking objects for baby – MEIDE Babysitters

Babies and young children choke on just about anything you can think of. The younger your baby, the more you should take heed of this.

Whether it’s biscuits, fruits, food, objects, and small items in particular – like buttons, pins, nails, and many more, it’s important to avoid leaving them at places your child can access.

Keep objects away from table edges and drawers as well, particularly heavy items like vases and books.

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Bonus Steps To Babyproof Your Home

Yes, there is definitely much more you can do, other than these 10 basic steps to babyproof your home! As our team get even more experience, feedback and research, we will periodically update this list with concise tips on how to babyproof surroundings. Here are the bonus steps to keep your baby out of harm’s way!

Keep items in the center of table and avoid tablecloths

Toddlers and babies love reaching for things and this includes pulling anything they can find over the table edge or shelf edge. This could mean glassware slipping to the floor, shattering, or worse, a bowl of hot soup being slid off the table!

Lock all drawers

Our little creatures learn at an amazing pace. Whether it is a drawer with a pull handle, round knob, or magnetic mechanism, believe us, they will eventually learn how to operate it. And, faster than you would imagine!

Keep A Handy First Aid Kit and Fire Extinguisher at Home

Honestly, this is self-explanatory. Realize that no matter how much you try to prevent accidents, they can, and will still happen. Hence, it would never be too early or safe to get these ready first. Now, you wouldn’t want to go panicking and not knowing what to do when stuff happens, right?

Babyproofing Essentials to Buy 

Let’s get to action! Here is a (non-exhaustive) shopping list for parents to refer to when preparing to babyproof your home:

  • Power Socket Covers
  • Power Socket Extensions
  • Waterproof Electric Sockets with Padlocks
  • Baby Playpen
  • Baby Gates and Fences 
  • Foam/Yoga Mats
  • Playmats
  • Drawer Locks
  • Corner and Edge Cushions and Bumper Guards
  • Anti-Accident Door Accessories
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fire Extinguishers

Where Can I Buy Babyproofing Essentials In-store?

Thinking of swinging by the nearest store to grab some child-proofing necessities?

We’ve sorted this out for you according to the product availability and price range for different choices, including supermarkets like NTUC Fairprice, budget brands like Daiso and more.

PlaceProductPrice Range ($-$$$$)
Daiso Child-proof door/drawer locks Corner guards $
Japan Home Plug coverSafety lock Corner protector $$
Mr D.I.Y. Baby foam floor matsDoor locks $
Mothercare Corner foam guards Multipurpose edge guardsSafety gate Drawer latches $$$
Kiddy Palace Corner foam guardsDoor cushions/foam stoppersFridge freezer latchesMulti-purpose latchesCabinet locksAngle locksSliding window locksL-shaped foam bumpersEdge protection foam strips$$
Toys R’ Us Baby gates$$$
NTUC FairpriceSafety lockDoor stopperSocket plug safety coversCabinet lockBaby gateBed rail guardCorner protectorL-shaped protectorFridge safety lockSliding door window lockL-shape drawer lockOven door stopFurniture anti-tip kitElectrical appliances lockIlluminating corner protectorsStove guardAnti-slip stripsMagnetic locksSafety helmet Safety bath mat$$
MEIDE Babysitting Babyproofing House Price Guide 2021-2022

Online Platforms to Buy Babyproofing Essentials

When you’re juggling a baby and getting your home running in order, it can be a huge feat to attempt running out to buy things you need.

Many modern parents use online marketplaces and applications to help them purchase products. This saves time and effort, and you also get what you need to be delivered straight to your doorstep.

  • Amazon SG 
  • Shopee
  • Lazada
  • Carousell
  • Qoo10
  • Pupsik 

When Can You Remove Babyproofing?

Tired of your home looking like a childcare facility?

Fret not – the end is in sight! While there really isn’t a specific time to get rid of those bumpers and childproof locks, remember that children up to two years old need extra protection.

You can consider removing babyproofing products gradually in stages as your child grows.

When your child has reached the point where they know how to unlock your safety gate latch or practically every other lock you’ve installed, this may signal that your childproofing tools are no longer as effective.

This may come much sooner than you think – the little critters are incredibly intelligent beings who pick up things quickly.

Know how to identify when a safety tool becomes a hazard. Apart from knowing how to open it, climbing and pushing over it are actions that tell you you should probably remove your gate, for example.

Summary (After A Day’s Work)

Don’t beat yourself up even if you’ve tried your best and accidents still happen. It’s impossible to prevent incidents from completely happening, but every bit goes a long way.

The key is to teach your child about everyday dangers and the right actions to do!

If you need extra help, reach out to us at MEIDE.SG and our pool of talented and experienced babysitters!

Each babysitter is trained and knowledgeable about the various dangers, making sure that there’s someone to keep a watchful eye on your baby while you’re busy with other tasks.

Book your babysitter today!

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