Babyproofing the house is an essential step for any new parents. By assessing the different rooms of your home for any potential hazards, and removing them, you help to avoid any future accidents or injuries. And yet, while most parents will put considerable time and consideration into baby-proofing their own home, what about the homes of other family members?
More often than not, you’re going to have eager grandparents, uncles, and aunts asking for a chance to babysit your toddler or baby. Although you’ll likely be glad for the help, you might be a little concerned: are their homes properly baby-proofed? For this reason, some parents decide to keep a special overnight bag with some baby-proofing essentials handy.
In this week’s blog post, we list the six essential items to keep in your baby-proofing bag. Have a look.
A Baby Gate
One of the biggest safety concerns - where toddlers are concerned - is the possibility of your toddler falling down some stairs. At your own home, you’re more than likely to have a decent baby gate preventing your little one from getting anywhere near the stairs - or any other rooms that are off-limits. If your toddler’s having a sleep-over in her grandparent’s house, or anywhere else, it’s a lot less likely there will be a gate on hand.
For this reason, it’s worth investing in an easy-to-assemble baby gate for all occasions. You can use this as your primary gate at home, and simply bring it along during any trips, or purchase a second one and leave it in the boot of your car for impromptu sleep-overs.
Table Edge Bumpers
Cuts and scrapes from table edges are incredibly common amongst toddlers. That’s why it’s always a good idea to keep some table edge bumpers handy in your bag. One option is the rubber adhesive kind that sticks to sharp edges and softens any potential bumps.
There are also expandable, fabric table bumpers that you can place all around the edges of a table. The advantage of these, of course, is that they’re easy to carry around with you, and can be used as many times as you like, unlike the adhesive table bumpers.
When your little one is still just a baby, keeping her confined to a single room or space isn’t that difficult. As your baby grows into a toddler, however, and her new-found curiosity is matched by a sudden ability to open doors, you’re going to need to get a little more pro-active.
At your own home, there may be one or two rooms that are off-limits. Anywhere with chemicals, tools or dangerous equipment, like garages, or simply just rooms with high furniture or breakable objects, like dining rooms, can pose serious dangers. But, chances are, you’ve ensured that these are properly secured with door-knob covers. The same will apply for grandparents’ house. Keep a handful of these door-knob covers in your bag, to help baby-proof certain rooms and areas of the house.
Cupboard Locks & Latches
Just like at home, you’ll want to make sure any cupboards with potential hazards are properly locked with cupboard locks. Cupboards that contain cleaning agents, chemicals, laundry detergent, and anything dangerous should be baby-proofed.
Some models cupboard lock are a little more heavy-duty and permanent than others. Obviously, you don’t want to have crack out the screwdrivers and drill every time your little one stays in a new house. Instead, look for some easily attachable and removable kinds - such as the plastic multi lock variety. There are numerous types out there, to suit every situation.
Plug Socket Covers
Plug sockets can pose unique dangers to curious babies and toddlers alike, so it’s always a good idea to keep a number of socket covers on hand. Plug sockets are relatively cheap and can be bought in large packs, which means you can include these in your bag easily enough. Most kinds can be easily inserted and removed, which will make life easier for you and whoever’s house you’re visiting.
First Aid Kit
Although most homes will have all the essentials of a basic first aid kit, it’s not a bad idea to include one in your overnight bag. You can keep it in your car boot, along with everything else, and then leave it with your baby’s grandparents, uncle, aunt or whoever is baby-sitting for the night.