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How to Baby Proof Your Home

How-to-Baby-Proof-Your-HomeOn average, babies begin to crawl at the age of 8 months, with many beginning to move around even earlier than this. Meaning, your baby is going to be active before you know it. So if you have a newborn or baby on the way, it’s time to start thinking about baby proofing your home.

To help you prepare for this time, we’re sharing our tips below on how to keep a clean, organized, and safe home for your soon-to-be crawling bundle of joy. Our tips include the topics of:
  1. Spills and messes
  2. Playroom
  3. Pool safety
  4. Fireplaces
  5. And literally everything else
Follow along as we walk—or for some crawl—through our top five baby-proofing tips.

1. Spills and messes

If you know anything about having kids, you should, at minimum, know that children make messes. There’s absolutely no way to avoid this. The sooner you come to terms with this, the sooner you can begin relieving your home of any crayons and markers, food, or slobber stains.

When it comes time to clean the mess within your home, it’s crucial to understand that not all stains should be treated the same. Depending on where the spill took place, there are a variety of ways you can clean up the mess.

For example, hardwood is much more forgiving than carpet. When cleaning up spills on hardwood, we recommend using a simple hardwood cleaning spray. Yet, on the other hand, carpet may require a more extreme tactic, like DIY stain removers containing ingredients like baking soda, club soda, or meat tenderizer.

2. Playroom

Once your child starts moving around, their playroom will be one of the main areas in your house that you’ll be constantly trying to keep clean. Between arts and crafts, reading time, and dress-up, your child’s playroom is going to take a major beating.

But don’t worry. There are many ways you can combat the mess that will inevitably take place in your child’s playroom, including:
  • Proper flooring
  • Chalk walls
  • Shelving and storage

Proper flooring in the playroom

Appropriate flooring in the playroom is crucial for quick clean-ups. And, by appropriate, we mean flooring that make messes easy to handle like hardwood, tile, or concrete.

However, one downfall to installing hardwood, tile, or concrete into a playroom is safety. These materials are much harder than carpet and could present some potential hazards for your child if they were to fall or slip. One way to combat this issue is to invest in foam playmats. That way, you can keep maintenance-free flooring and feel confident knowing your child is safe.

Chalk walls to reduce the mess

Typically, children like to use their markers, pens, and crayons to write on walls. So instead of risking this taking place on your beautifully painted walls, why not install a chalk wall for them to enjoy? This reduces clean-up time on your end, and gives your kids a fun activity they can enjoy all year round.

Before you begin this project, we recommend checking out this creative Pinterest board showcasing chalk walls in playrooms for inspiration, and reading up on what you need to know before installing your own chalk wall.

Shelving and storage for easy clean-up

Another pro tip for saving clean-up time in the playroom is to install appropriate shelving and storage. When you have enough room to neatly put everything away, it makes cleaning up much faster and easier.

You can also use your storage as a teaching tool for your kid. Show them where toys are to be put away so they can learn about responsibilities and help you in the future.

3. Pool safety

Tragically, every year, more than 250 young children in the United States drown from at-home swimming pools and spas. This is particularly tragic because most of these accidents could have been prevented with a few simple steps, including:
  • Installing a fence that’s at least 4-feet high
  • Latching any windows and doors that lead outside
  • Covering your pool
  • Locking your pool gate
  • Never leaving your child unattended around water
  • Installing a backyard alarm system in your home
Living in the state of sunny Arizona, pool safety is a huge concern for parents and to-be parents. But by following the guidelines listed above, you and your family will be able to enjoy a safe and memorable time at your home pool or spa.

4. Fireplaces

Your fireplace is another area within your home that should be baby-proofed well before your child starts to move around. A fireplace can potentially cause great harm to your child, so it’s important to prep before anything tragic can take place.

There are many ways to protect your child from the dangers of a fireplace. You can install a baby fence, use a statement piece of fabric, install a bench, or even create a faux stacked log facade. With this project, your options are endless, so feel free to get creative.

5. And literally everything else

After you’ve prepped for messes and spills, playroom clean-ups, pools, and fireplaces, you may be thinking that your job is nearly done. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Once your baby begins to crawl, they have the freedom to roam anywhere and touch just about anything in your home.

Because of this, it’s important to consider all things in your home—which is why our fifth and final tip for baby proofing your home is titled “literally everything else.” Because when you have a baby on the way, it’s important to do just that.

Before you can consider your home completely baby-proofed, we recommend installing:
  • Bath spout covers
  • Non-slip mats
  • Electrical outlet covers
  • Power strip covers
  • Toilet seat lock
  • Corner cushions for sharp edges
  • Cabinet and drawer locks
  • Smoke detectors in every room
  • Oven locks
  • Fasteners to secure furniture to the wall

Next steps

If you have a baby on the way and are looking for any assistance on the renovations of your home, feel free to give us a call. At Imperial Wholesale, we’re here to help you through all of life’s up and downs—including any bumps, spills, or babies along the way.