How to Baby-Proof Your Furniture

Baby-proofing your home is an important step that can be taken before your child is born. From medications to batteries, there are dozens of items that are hazardous for small children. Baby-proofing can take some thought and a few basic tools, making it best to get started early so that you have enough time to decide where changes need to be made in your home.

 

Securing Furnishings

Some furnishings, like dressers, wardrobes, televisions and even nightstands, need to be secured to a stud in the wall. You will need to have a stud finder, which is a small electronic tool that locates studs, furniture clips and a screwdriver or drill to complete this task. Babies and toddlers can be severely injured by falling furniture. The most common type of accident occurs when a small child tries to climb on furnishings, which can cause them to tip forward and fall on the child. It is best to baby-proof your furniture as soon as possible after the baby’s birth, and definitely before the age of six months when most babies begin to crawl.

 

Corner Cushioning

Corner Cushioning

 

 

Child Proof Locks

Child Proof Locks

 

To secure dressers and other furniture you need to install furniture straps or brackets on the back of each piece in your home. Straps and brackets are available in most discount and hardware stores or you can purchase the devices online through most major retailers. Follow the instructions on the safety straps or furniture brackets to secure each piece of furniture in your home and make sure to keep a few extra safety straps on-hand so that you can immediately secure any new furnishings that enter the home. Remember that even small items, such as nightstands, can seriously injure a child by tipping and secure all items in your home to ensure safety. Televisions should be tethered to a stud in the wall using a safety device made specifically for televisions.

 

Drawer and Cabinet Locks

Locking drawers and cabinets can help keep your child out of harm’s way. Locks are typically made from plastic and are installed using a screwdriver. This step should be completed before your baby begins to crawl, which happens at around six months of age. This is also a good time to begin putting away items that can harm baby, such as medicines, and to install outlet covers. Getting into the habit of putting away potentially dangerous items before your baby can reach them can help prevent accidents and injuries later.

 

Door Pinch Guard

Door Pinch Guard

 

Stove Knob Cover for Child Safety

Stove Knob Cover for Child Safety

 

 

Room Checklist

From checking to make sure that blind cords are out of reach and securing outlets, baby proofing your home is a big project. Most experts recommend checking the recalled products list offered online at least once every few months to ensure your child isn’t using an item that has been shown to cause safety issues. You can also check guidelines for cribs, blinds and other common household objects online. Using a checklist that covers each room in your home is a good way to begin baby-proofing your home one room at a time.

 

Wall Strap

Wall Strap

 

Power Plug Cover

Power Plug Cover

 

 

Article courtesy of Ethnicraft Malaysia

 


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