Once your little ones are on the move, you will be too!
Before you know it, your tiny newborn will be crawling and not long after, becoming a toddler. Once they're on the move you face a whole set of new challenges. There will be the inevitable falling over and a few bumps which is all part of growing up. There's nothing more effective than keeping a close eye on your child but it's important to baby proof your house and keep them as safe as possible.
One piece of advice I was given was to get down on your hands and knees and crawl about your house. This way you can see what might be appealing but dangerous.
Also have a look to see what might be in arms reach from the cot and keep it out of the way. Don't be tempted to fill the cot with any toys or items that have strings on them either as these could be a choking hazard.
If you have stairs in your house, you should really consider having a stairgate to avoid any nasty tumbles.
Fires are incredibly dangerous and a good fireguard which is securely attached to the wall is essential.
You can get latches for drawers, fridges, ovens and safety covers for DVD players too
You don't need to put these on every cupboard, but it's good to put them on any in the kitchen which have cleaning products or if you are storing breakable items. You could leave a cupboard unlatched with no breakable items inside that your child can explore and then they won't be as curious about all the others.
Sharp corner bumpers You can buy rubber or plastic pieces to fit over sharp corners of coffee tables. These are definitely a good idea once your little one starts pulling themselves up on low level furniture in a bid to walk.
Tie up blind cords
These are one of the worst hazards that can cause strangulation. If you have blinds, make sure the cords are tied up high and out of the way.
Plug socket covers
Education Teach your child what's safe and what's not. You might need to keep reminding them constantly but they will get it eventually.
I found these rubber door wedges in IKEA which are great to prevent trapped fingers in doors. They can go onto any door width at any height so you can put them up high so they can't be picked up by children like normal door wedges.