Congratulations on your new baby!
As a first time parent, we are sure you’re both excited and terrified at the same time. How do we know this? Because most first time parents feel this way when they realize they are now going to be responsible for a tiny someone; a tiny someone who’s going to depend on them for every single thing for the next decade at least.
But preparing for a baby means a lot more than decorating a baby room and stocking up on baby clothes. It means being ready to sacrifice your free time, your energy, and even your sleep. It means thinking ahead, and figuring out the places that could prove to be a hazard to your child; it means preparing your home well in advance.
Yes, some of these steps need not be taken immediately; and can be dealt with once your baby begins to crawl, and then walk. But doing it in advance will only make life easier for you and your spouse.
The locks and keys
Locks can be a problem once you have children. Often you hear of cases where a child gets locked inside; having accidently locked himself, and not being able to get it open. Opt for getting door latches installed, well away from your child’s reach. Learn to return the keys once used to a key holder, again in a place well away from the child’s reach. If your home has automatic gates installed, remember to keep these keys away as well; to ensure that your child doesn’t run out to the road when it is open.
Windows and balconies
If your home or apartment is higher than the ground floor, or if your home has several stories, then like the locks and automatic gates in Brisbane, you should give your windows and balconies special attention too. Our experts say that when children are around, all windows without grills have to be firmly shut at all times. Balconies need to be secured and firm, child-proof balustrades need to be installed as well. This comes in use even as your child grows older. Ensure that your children cannot squeeze themselves through the bars.
Baby proof the kitchen
The kitchen is a really interesting place for the children—especially those newly learning to walk and keenly adventurous. Redecorate and relocate your kitchen utensils and machines keeping your children in mind. Though we don’t think so, hot ovens are notorious in their danger to children. Relocate your oven to a place where the children cannot get to without being noticed. If this is not possible, learn to use barricades around it whenever you have to use the oven. Aside from barricades, you can also use good aluminium balustrade.
Remember, babies are more intelligent than we give them credit for; if there’s a loop hole, they’ll find it!