Maintaining a home
Babyproofing your home: The 2023 parents’ checklist
15 December 2022
Babyproofing can feel like a never-ending chore. So, we’ve divided the main bits into a checklist to make your life easier.
Here’s how to babyproof your home just in time for bub!
Be aware of heavy furniture
Many babies begin to pull themselves up onto furniture (and anything they can find, really) by the seventh month. So, it’s important to secure TVs, bookshelves, and other heavy furniture. Remember, things can happen in a split second, so always stay safe.
Opt for furniture anchors
Look for furniture anchors with small metal loops instead of the longer fabric variety – you’ll want something that will prevent large tipping angles.
Get down on your knees
It’s good to see your home from your baby’s point of view – literally.
Get down to their level and think about what they might be tempted to pull down. Take note of photo frames and small vases resting on cabinets that can cause injuries if they topple over.
Watch out for sharp edges
Slap some corner guards on table edges and any other sharp corners. You can get them for cheap at most hardware and department stores.
Consider Suncorp Home Insurance
While you’re looking out for your baby, consider looking out for your home as well.
Suncorp Home and Contents Insurance covers your home and belongings in case of various insured events like burglaries, natural disasters and more. We also include new-for-old repair or replacement.*
When you’re sleep deprived and busy with your little human, it’s nice to have one less thing to worry about.
Don’t own a home? You can get coverage for just your possessions – including your furniture, appliances, and clothing – with renters insurance.
Check your water heater settings
Kids and infants under four are among the most at-risk for burns and scalds at home. Luckily, these injuries are largely preventable.
Make sure your hot water heater is set under 120 degrees, so your infant doesn’t get hurt if they fiddle with the taps.
It may also be a good idea to supervise infants in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Lock it up
Get some child locks to keep kids away from meds, cleaning products and other risky items. It only takes a moment for an infant to take a sip of your bleach or detergent, so it’s better to be cautious, even if you’re generally good at monitoring your kids.
That includes the toilet bowl
Most parents don’t think about the toilet when childproofing their home, but it’s an important thing to check off. Curious toddlers like to poke their heads in things, so an exposed toilet bowl is a hazard. Cover it up with a child safety toilet cover.
Get some doorknob covers
Doorknob covers are inexpensive and prevent toddlers from getting into potentially risky areas of the house, like the kitchen, laundry, bathroom, or basement. Their design blocks little hands, while still allowing adults to turn them.
You can even get stove knob covers, too!
Or use baby gates
They come in handy for blocking off stairways and any area of the house you don’t want the kids to access. You can also use them to create a makeshift playpen for when you need to run off to the loo.
Keep the crib safe
Keep objects out – yes, even crib bumpers
Your baby doesn’t need anything in their crib, not even blankets, pillows or plushies. These items pose a suffocation risk.
Crib bumpers may make a crib seem more cosy and comfy, but babies can get trapped if they come loose and tangle.
Remember, all your baby needs is a firm mattress.
Crib rail height
Once your baby is old enough to pull themselves up, you should lower the crib rails to an age-appropriate level. This is so they don’t launch themselves off from a dangerous height.
Cover electrical sockets
When your baby hits the 15-month age range, they might become tempted to stick things in power sockets. So, it’s best to get ahead of them by using tight-fitting electrical outlet covers that tiny hands can’t grip.
Window guards, otherwise known as window restrictors, are an important part of a babyproof home.
Secure windows so they can’t open more than four inches – now bub can explore safely.
Suncorp Home Insurance offers excess-free glass repairs
Broken glass can be costly and inconvenient to repair. So, you might want to consider adding our optional excess-free glass cover to your home insurance policy. You won’t need to pay an excess if your claim is only for broken fixed glass in your home. Our cover includes skylights, fixed mirrors, shower screens, windows and doors – as well as their frames, if we need to repair or replace them in the process.**
With Suncorp, you’ll have access to trusted glass repairers, so you’ll know your home will be safe for bub.
Swap to cordless blinds
Corded venetian blinds are a big no no – they pose a strangulation risk. Switch to the cordless variety for peace of mind.
Use the toilet roll test
If you’re unsure if something is a potential choking hazard, use the toilet roll test. If an item fits inside a toilet roll, it means it’s too small and needs to be packed safely out of reach.
Be aware of lesser-known choking hazards
Is your remote control missing its battery cover? You may need to keep it away from your baby, even if the batteries aren’t loose.
Your fridge and cutlery drawers are also full of sharp, potentially hazardous things, so make sure bub can’t pull them open.
Tablecloths may look pretty, but babies can send dishes flying if they tug at the bits that trail below the table. Choose placemats instead.
Suncorp Home Insurance has your back
You can prep your home for bub’s arrival, but you can never truly prepare yourself for what life has in store.
Suncorp Home Insurance can help you navigate the unexpected.
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