Bringing home a new baby is one of the most exciting events in our lives and as new parents we all vow to do whatever it takes to keep our child safe and secure. But until a baby starts crawling we probably don't realise how dangerous a house can be.
Safety gates can be attached to the top and bottom of stairs, and it would also be sensible to consider adding one to block off access to the kitchen, especially during cooking or baking as this is one of the most hazardous rooms in your home. Wherever possible move all household cleaners to top cupboards, and fit child-proof locks to all cupboard drawers and doors, as well as a fridge or freezer lock to keep little ones out of harm's way.
One thing many of us forget to do is to notify our insurance provider that there is a new addition to the family. It is worthwhile adding accidental damage cover should you not already have it, as little fingers can cause quite a lot of damage without meaning to!
As you will be taking expensive items such as prams, car seats and buggies out of the house these should also be covered against damage and theft.
Don't forget to check the security of the outside of your house as baby will be exploring the garden when the weather is nice, so be sure to cover ponds and check fences for escape panels! This baby-proofing checklist was created to be helpful but it may not cover all of the child safety issues in your home.