When is the Right Time to Start Baby Proofing?

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When is the Right Time to Start Baby Proofing?

With a baby on the way or already in your arms, you might be pondering the age-old question: “When is the right time to start baby proofing?”

Lets walk you through the signs to help you determine the perfect time to safeguard your home. Remember, it’s all about ensuring your little one can explore their surroundings without any hiccups or hazards!

Firstly, why is baby proofing so important? 

Before diving into the ‘when’, it’s essential to understand the ‘why’. Babies are naturally curious, and as they grow, their drive to explore their world intensifies. While this curiosity is an essential part of their development, it also means they can get into places or situations that might not be safe. By baby proofing, you’re creating an environment where they can satisfy their curiosity safely.

Clear signs it’s time to begin baby broofing:

Rolling Over: The moment your baby starts rolling over, usually between 3-6 months, is your first sign. This newfound mobility is a precursor to crawling, so it’s best to start baby proofing at this stage.

Grasping and Pinching: Around 5-10 months, babies begin to develop their pincer grasp. If they’re trying to pick up small objects or showing interest in things that dangle, such as cords, it’s a clear sign that it’s time to baby proof.

Sitting Up Unassisted: When babies can sit without support, typically around 6-9 months, they have a broader view of their surroundings and will likely reach out for more things. Ensure objects on lower shelves or surfaces are baby-friendly.

Cruising: Between 9-12 months, babies often cruise or move around using furniture for support. This is the time to secure furniture to walls and cover sharp edges.

Opening Cabinets and Drawers: If you notice your child, usually around 12-18 months, trying to open cabinets or drawers, immediately secure them. This age is when their curiosity peaks, and they’ll want to explore everything!

Baby proofing tips:

Start Early: Even if your baby isn’t mobile yet, it’s a good idea to start early. Baby proofing can be a comprehensive task, and starting in advance gives you ample time to ensure everything is in place.

Room by Room: Begin by assessing the most frequented rooms, like the nursery, living room, and kitchen. Look at the world from your baby’s perspective – get down on your hands and knees and see what might be tempting or hazardous.

Seek Professional Advice: Not sure where to begin? Consider seeking help from baby proofing professionals. They can offer expertise, suggest specific products, and provide insights that you might overlook.

The Sooner, The Better.

While every child’s developmental journey is unique, a common thread amongst all parents is the desire to keep their children safe. Rather than waiting for a sign or a specific age, consider baby proofing sooner. This proactive approach ensures that you’re well-prepared for every stage of your baby’s growth.

Your baby’s safety is paramount. Recognising the signs that it’s time to start baby proofing and taking action early will provide peace of mind for you and a safe environment for your little explorer.

Don’t delay in creating a safe haven for your baby. Begin the baby proofing journey now. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or unsure, reach out for professional guidance. Together, we can make your home a safe and nurturing space for your little one to grow and thrive!

We hope this article offers some clarity and encouragement on your baby proofing journey. Remember, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Stay informed, stay proactive, and most importantly, enjoy these precious moments with your little one!

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