Bring forth a child and seeing grow is beautiful. You are happy that each day that passes; the child gets to discover new things. However, this development comes with a lot of responsibilities as you have to ensure that the baby does not get hurt.
It is impossible to be with your baby every second of his life and this means that nothing within his reach will harm him. If you are not sure about what you need to do, calling in a handyman is the best option. He knows the potential areas where the baby can get hurt and will install barriers to ensure that this does not happen.
Here are some of the ways that a handyman will assist in baby proofing your home:
1. Install a hardware-mounted safety gate on each end of your stairway
If your home has a staircase and your child loves exploring it, you need to find a way to stop this. The handyman will install a hardware-mounted safety gate on each end of your staircase. This will ensure that the baby will not find his way up or down the stairs without supervision.
Avoid installing a pressure-mounted gate as it may not be strong enough to hold the weight of your baby.
2. Bolt the furniture holding your books using furniture straps or installing a stud
If you are a book lover and have a wide collection on your bookshelves, you need to ensure that they don’t fall on your child. The handyman will bolt the furniture that holds your books using furniture straps or install a stud to hold the books.
With this measure in place, you’ll be sure that the furniture holding your books will not fall on your child.
3. Ask the handyman to install a wall stand for your TV
As your child seeks to discover things around him, you may find him trying to reach out to the people inside your TV set. As a result, he can easily drop the TV on the floor to see if this will happen. To stop such incidences, you can ask the handyman to install a wall stand for your TV. With this, the child will not be able to reach it and all he can do is to talk back what he hears from the TV characters.
4. Repair broken doorknobs to door leading to the kitchen and the bathroom
You should always ensure that the baby does not find his way to rooms that could put his life in danger. Among the rooms you should securely lock is the kitchen where the baby could be at risk of burns or cuts from sharp objects. You should also ensure that the bathroom door and the door leading to the toilet are always locked. With this, you’ll be sure that your baby will not be at risk of falling in a bucket of water or anything else that could endanger his life.
The handyman can also build a lockable shelf where you’ll store all chemical cleaners and any other substance that is toxic. With this, your child will not be able to access any of these harmful substances.
5. Install baby-safe plugs
If there are electric outlets that you are not using, ask the handyman to install baby-safe plugs. This will ensure that your baby will not interfere with them as this could lead to electric shocks. It is also important to unplug all electric appliances whenever you are not using them.
6. Check your doors and windows
If there are windows that are within the baby’s reach in your home, you need to ask the handyman to baby proof them. To do this, he can install a lock that is beyond the reach of the child to ensure that he’ll never open on his own. The handyman will also ensure that the blinds and drapes are safely installed to avoid any accidents.
7. Cover sharp edges of your furniture with soft bumpers
If there is a low piece of furniture that has sharp edges, you need to call the handyman to fix the edges. He will use soft bumpers to cover the edges which will make them safe for your baby. Even when your child accidentally bumps into them, he will suffer no harm.
8. Ensure the home exteriors are safe
Your outdoor is also a part of your home and you should ensure it is safe for the baby. If there is a swimming pool, the handyman will install a wall around it so that the baby can never access the area without supervision. He can also help to maintain your yard such that there will be no poisonous plants that could harm your baby.
9. Construct a baby-safe crib for your baby to sleep in
As your child continues to grow, the chances of falling off from an adult bed are very high. This is why you need to contact a handyman who’ll construct a crib that will ensure that your baby does not fall off the bed. When making the crib, he’ll make sure that the baby’s head cannot fit on the side cutouts as this would also put his life at risk.
10. Install screens around your fireplace and other sources of heat
Having your child suffer from burns is something you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. You, therefore, need to ensure that the handyman installs screens around the fireplaces to act as a barrier.
Despite putting all these measures in place, you need to ensure that you never leave your baby unsupervised. A minute away from the baby can lead to a disaster that could negatively affect the rest of your baby’s life.
If you are not able to be with your baby due to other commitments, look for a person you can trust with your baby. Always remember that your child and your family at large is more important than anything else in this world. In a few years, your baby will be all grown and you’ll have enough time for yourself.
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