Welcome, new parents! My name is Brack, your friendly neighborhood interior designer based here in Naples, Florida. Now, I’m not just about creating spaces that are stunning to the eye; I’m also about designing homes that are safe for the tiniest members of your family. So today, we’re diving into the world of baby-proofing – a crucial step in creating a child-friendly environment for your little one to grow and explore safely.
Whether you’re expecting your first child, or your home is about to become the playground for an adventurous toddler, it’s time to see your home from a whole new perspective – about two and a half feet from the ground. Ready? Let’s get started.
The Baby’s Room
This is your baby’s sanctuary, so it’s natural that you would want to make it as secure as possible.
The crib should be free from soft bedding, stuffed animals, and crib bumpers, all of which could potentially cause suffocation. The crib slats should be narrow enough that your baby can’t get their head stuck.
Keep all baby products out of reach and ensure that the changing table has a safety strap. Never leave your baby unattended on the changing table.
Toys and Decor
While stuffed animals and decor pieces can be cute, they can also pose a choking hazard. Ensure that all toys are appropriate for your child’s age and stage of development.
The kitchen is full of potential hazards for little ones. Here’s how to keep them safe:
Cabinets and Drawers
Secure all cabinets and drawers with childproof latches to keep curious hands from getting into cleaning supplies, sharp utensils, and other dangerous items.
Stove and Oven
Install stove knob covers and use the back burners when cooking. Consider an appliance latch for the oven door.
Believe it or not, fridge magnets can be a choking hazard. Either keep them out of reach or opt for large, child-friendly magnets.
The bathroom can present various hazards for children. Here are some ways to keep your child safe:
To prevent curious toddlers from exploring the toilet (or worse, toppling in), install a child safety lock on the toilet lid.
Place non-slip mats in the bathtub to prevent falls during bath time, and a non-slip rug on the bathroom floor to keep wet feet from sliding.
Ensure all medicines, toiletries, and cleaning supplies are stored in a locked cabinet out of a child’s reach.
The living room is where your family will spend a lot of time, so here are some ways to make it safer for your little one:
Anchor heavy furniture to the wall to prevent it from tipping over if a toddler decides to use it for climbing practice.
Apply corner protectors to sharp furniture corners to prevent injuries.
Cover all electrical outlets with childproof covers to keep little fingers safe.
Need a hand with baby proofing while maintaining the aesthetic integrity of your home? I’d be thrilled to help! With years of experience and a keen eye for design, I can provide personalized suggestions that will keep your home stylish and, most importantly, safe for your little one.
When you’re embarking on this exciting journey of parenthood, creating a safe space for your child is undoubtedly one of your top priorities. But remember, while ensuring safety, your home should also feel warm, welcoming, and be a reflection of your personal style. After all, this is the space where you and your baby will create countless memories.
So, let’s turn your home into a haven that’s all about safety, comfort, and of course, love. If you’re in Naples or the South Florida area, don’t hesitate to reach out. Let’s make your home baby-proof, parent-approved, and ready for all the wonderful moments parenthood brings!