As a parent we want nothing more than for our children to be safe even whilst at home. With the arrival of a new baby this means you will need to look at your home in a while new light. Babies and young children are naturally curious so it's always best to assess your home for any lurking dangers which could be prevented in the first place. Which is why I've put together my top 7 tips for making your home safe for your baby.
1. Indoor baby camera
Panasonic's Smart Home device is the smart way to monitor your home to give you piece of mind and lets you use your smartphone whether you're out in the garden or cooking whilst your baby is sleeping or playing in their room. The camera will send alerts to a smart device through sensors whilst a built in speaker allows you to talk directly to anyone in earshot. When not in use as a baby monitor it can be used when you're away to keep an eye on your from any burglars. You can purchase the smart home indoor camera here and here's a short clip showing you what it can do.
2. Have an alarm system in place
It's always a good idea to have an alarm system to prevent anyone from breaking and entering unauthorised. It's the best way to know if someone has tried to enter your home as the alarm will go off, especially if you're all asleep during the night.
3. Keep blinds out of reach
If you have blinds make sure that the cords and chains are out of reach by moving furniture and costs well away from any windows. You can also buy a blind safety device which allows you to keep any chains or cords out of reach. Although all blind sold in the UK after 2014 should now be cordless.
4. Secure furniture to the walls
If you have children it's advisable to secure any furniture to your walls to prevent it from tipping over especially heavy wardrobes, dressers and bookcases. Children like to climb things, climb in them, on them so at any point they could easily tip over. There are many safety straps and brackets on the market that you can buy to easily secure furniture to the wall.
5. Baby gates
When you baby starts to get mobile and begins to crawls it's a good idea to install baby gates around the house. Depending on your house structure most parents install them at the top and bottom of the stairs and on the child's bedroom door, some even choose to put one on the kitchen door as well. Having baby gates installed also means you can open the back door to let in some fresh air without worrying that your child will escape.
6. Make sure you lock all the windows and remove the key
As your baby gets older and starts climbing furniture they may be able to get onto window sills or on top of furniture to reach a window. If you have any low windows it's advisable to keep them locked when not in the room and don't forget to remove the key. Window stoppers are also advisable to prevent your child opening the windows any further to avoid accidents.
7. Baby proof corners and sharp edged
We all know that babies like to get into everything and once they are mobile there's not stopping them. To prevent any nasty accidents buy plastic guards for any sharp corners on coffee tables or furniture in the living room.
Do you have any baby proofing tips to make your home safe for a baby?
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* This post is in collaboration with Panasonic. For details on how I work with brands take a look at my work with me page.
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