8 Must-Have Baby Proofing Products In India
Most parents shift in to hyper-protective mode when their baby starts getting mobile. Table corners, doors, fridges, toilet seats, drawers are all no more merely part of the house, they are lurking dangers that could harm their precious little ones.
First borns are usually the victim of this hyper-protectiveness. By the time parents have second or third child, they are much more relaxed as they know what to expect and when to intervene.
We baby proofed our home well before our son started crawling. Yeah, we were quite finicky that we did not even spare our parent’s home where my son hardly spends 2 weeks a year. All together, we would have spent quite a few thousands on the baby safety products, which has helped us figure out what is needed and what isn’t and what works and what doesn’t.
Our son is quite hyper-active, curious and explorative. If he sees something on the ground he has to put it in his mouth. From our experience, if the safety accessory has adhesive, then it won’t have a life beyond a week. We used corner guards and edge cushioning corners for our tables, tile corners on the wall and once my son saw it, all his energy was in to trying to pull it out. Yeah, he was persistent and he won by ripping out every corner guard in less than a week. Good sense prevailed and we kept away the table with glass corners in a room that my son doesn’t go in to. As for the tile corners, we still keep our fingers crossed.
Now, let me get on to things that worked for me and for my close friends with whom I discussed about it before setting on to write this piece.
Socket covers are great way to safeguard your child if you have any electrical sockets that are within the child’s access. However, if you baby keeps on trying to remove the socket cover then, you may have to reinforce it as well as the switch with a masking tape.
When buying a drawer locker, try NOT opt for the ones with adhesives. These are easier for children to open. On the other hand, the one you see in the above image, (purchase link here) is not quite easy for most children to open. Moreover, they are quite durable too.
If you have got a flat television kept on a TV stand, try to get it wall-mounted. This will not only safeguard your child against accidental falling of TV, but also keep them away from the wires. If that is not possible, then opt for an anti-fall safety strap. This can be used not only on Televisions, but also on tall cabinets and other furnitures.
Having a stair gate is quite important if you have a toddler and stairs at home. At my husband’s home, we installed one with plywood made by a carpenter. I should say it has made the first floor of the home a safe haven where you can let the child play without care. If getting a carpenter is difficult, readymade stair gates are easily available and the best part—they don’t need drilling or screwing.
Corners are dangerous—no doubt about it. But unfortunately, most of the corner guards aren’t durable. Our little pranksters are usually able to rip it out within just a week. From experience, I can say that the cushioned corner cover (pic above) is comparatively better than the corner edge guards as the former sticks better.
Keeping doors and windows open is quite important for proper ventilation. But along comes wind that could slam the door close and god forbid hurt the baby’s fingers. A variety of colourful options of door stoppers are available that are suitable for both doors and windows. However, the door stopper might not be effective if the door is heavy or made of metal.
At our home, we fortunately have solid balcony wall made with brick. But had it been made of grills, we would have had to opt for a safety net. Not only does it prevent your little one from putting his/her hands in to the grills, it also provides better privacy for your home without sacrificing on the aesthetics.
Bumping in to the bathroom spout is not at all pleasant. At the least your baby will have a bad bump on his head and at the worst you may have to run to the emergency. Getting a bathroom tap spout cover installed is crucial especially if you have a baby who has just started crawling. However, before you buy, take care to ensure that it fits the spout in your bathroom.
This is not an exhaustive list. There are likely to be a lot more safety products needed depending on your home and your baby’s nature. Not to mention, if you have a car, do get a baby car seat and make your little one to sit in it right from birth so that he/she gets used to it. You can check out our list of best baby car seats too.
If you have anything more to add to the list, let us know in the comments.