How to Baby-proof Your New Home

Moving to a new house with a baby can be very tricky. The first thing you should do is baby-proof your new home. Here’s how to do it.

How to Baby-proof Your New Home
a baby at home

Moving to a new home is never easy, but moving to a new home with a baby can be very challenging and stressful. When you come to your new home with a baby, you will look at it with fresh eyes and you will want to make sure that the house is safe for your little bundle of joy. That's why you must baby-proof your new home before you move in. Here’s how.

Baby-proof your new home and prevent common injuries

When Gibraltar Van Lines New Jersey brings all your belongings safely to your new address, and when everything is ready for you to move in, you must first make sure that your new home is safe for your baby. Babies are curious, and they learn about the world around them by exploring. At that young age, they spend most of the time at home. Some of the most common injuries that babies can suffer while being at home are:

  • Falling - Falls are a real threat for babies - they can fall from their changing table or other high surfaces. They can also trip, lose their balance, and hit their head. Fortunately, most falls don't cause serious injuries
  • Poisoning - Many people keep their cleaning products in cabinets placed on the ground level. These cabinets are so interesting to the crawling babies and it only takes a minute or two for a baby to open the cabinet doors, take off the lid and get some cleaning supplies in their mouth. 
  • Choking - All babies put things in their mouths, and usually, those things are the small items they find on the floor. 
  • Electrocution - As babies crawl around the house, they find electrical outlets that are very tempting for them. They might try to put their fingers in them, so it is obligatory to baby-proof your new home before moving in

When moving to your new home, a moving company will assist you with the transport of your possessions, so you won't have to worry about the safe relocation of your belongings. The only thing you have to think and worry about is how to baby-proof your new home. Hopefully, our tips will help you prepare your home for the baby where your little one can grow happily and safely. 

A child in the kitchen playing with pots

Baby-proof your kitchen

Many families spend most of their time in the kitchen. However, when you have a baby it can get a little bit complicated. Babies face many dangers in the kitchen, so you simply must baby-proof it.

While you are cooking, put your baby in the baby safety fence or a swing. Also, when buying products for your new kitchen, you might rethink the kitchen supplies list. Instead of buying chemical products to clean your kitchen, you might as well use baking soda and vinegar since they can do wonders when used for cleaning. Keep in mind that you should still keep them out of reach.

Other items in the kitchen that you should keep away and out of reach are: knives, plastic store bags, and breakable dishes. It may not occur to you, but keep small magnets off your refrigerator too. You can have one safe drawer in your kitchen. Fill it with items that are safe for your baby, such as plastic food containers and big stirring spoons that can distract your baby from any other dangers in your kitchen. 

A girl playing with a doll in the living room

Baby-proof your living area before moving in your new home

Your living room will see more action than any other room in your new home. So, you will have to create an innovative living room set up for your baby to play safely. If you are a hardwood floor type of person, you should consider adding a carpet when your baby starts learning how to walk. While learning the new skill, your baby will fall a lot. A soft, thick carpet will provide some cushioning.

When choosing a new coffee table for the living room, make sure that it is stable and without sharp corners. In general, look for round edges and soft fabrics when choosing furniture. A soft ottoman with storage can be very useful. You can move it around the room and put the kid's toys inside. Don't forget to cover all the electrical outlets, so your baby can't put their fingers in there. If you have any stairs in your new house, remember to place baby gates at the top and bottom.  

Make your bathroom a safe place for your baby

All your baby should do in the bathroom is take a bath. However, bathrooms are appealing to babies and they are very dangerous too. So, there are some important things to consider when choosing a bathroom for your new home.

A baby taking a bath

For babies, toilets look like a lot of fun, so it is important to invest in a good toilet lid lock to keep the lid down. If you leave the toilet lid up, and the bathroom door open, the baby can easily drink the toilet water. You should also remember is to keep the plugged-in items away from the water source.

Put your medications, cleaning products, and toothpaste out of your child’s reach. Think about placing a bath mat in your bathroom since it can prevent a lot of bathroom accidents. Place one in the bathtub which can get very slippery from shampoo, and one outside it. Finally, and most importantly, no matter what, never leave your baby alone in the bathtub. A few seconds of carelessness can be life-changing.