We need to babyproof to keep our homes safe for our children.
Safety consciousness needs to be practiced daily.
May I humbly suggest that you get on with it and babyproof your home as soon as possible! Your children are too precious to waste time procrastinating.
To effectively perform this exercise, you will need to get down on your hands and knees and try to see your baby or toddler’s world as he or she sees it. Everything is new and exciting and must be explored by touch and taste.
In a child’s mind, fingers need to be pushed into holes, such as the electrical outlets, which need baby proofing immediately. Containers of everything must be opened (if not already open) and then consumed and rubbed and smeared on faces and bodies and in their hair. Noses and ears also feature in this practice.
Children are very enterprising little creatures. If your cat can get up onto the roof, then your toddler will find a way up as well.
Some time ago, my three-year-old grand-nephew was found on the roof of his grandparent’s home. A contractor had very thoughtfully left a plank running from the upper driveway area onto the roof. The child negotiated this with ease and then proceeded across to the other side where the house overlooks a deep valley with magnificent views and a drop of several hundred meters. My brother and sister-in-law talked him into turning around and coming back, but at the cost of a great number of grey hairs
Unfortunately, there are some things that you simply cannot baby proof, but child safety procedures should always remain in the forefront of your mind. Unfortunately, there is always that one moment when you take your eyes off of a small child just for a minute. That is when your toddler or a young visitor will get away with you at lightening speed, and head for the pool, which you believed was totally secure.
It is not only babyproofing and safety measures that you have to consider, it is a terrible knowledge that somewhere in and around your home, there was something that you thought was safe, but wasn’t, and a child was injured or died because of it.
Don’t just babyproof, go through the house room by room, Study everything through the eyes of a child, and of a teenager, and of an elderly person.
The safety of your child and family is a huge responsibility. There are so many things to consider. Don’t panic if you sometimes get it wrong. I rather think that I got it wrong more often than I got it right.