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Planning to move to a new house with your little one? Every parent wants to protect their child and keep them safe. When you move to a new house, you might be worried about whether about household hazards. For this reason, it's crucial to baby-proof before moving in or just after your removalists unpack the last item. Otherwise, you might encounter accidents that could have been avoided.
But is it even possible to baby-proof every room? How can you go about it? This can seem like a daunting task. But don't worry. Here are some safety precautions and babyproofing tips to follow when moving to a new home with a baby.
If you are looking to move into a rental or buying a new home, take note of the rooms and get pics before you even book removalists. It is important to have a look at the appearance of the new home before moving in. If necessary, take pictures or get the listing photos of the new home. Have a look at the different rooms of the home. Do you see any of them that need baby proofing?
Consider counting the available bathroom cabinets and kitchen, then order the ideal safety locks needed. You might want to look at some home features like step-downs, stairways, and wide openings where you can install baby gates. Any obvious sharp corners, low windows electrical outlets take note of so you can get the right number of baby proofing supplies.
Before moving into the new property, it's important to start planning and make a childproofing checklist. Think about where you will put furniture to like drawers to easily secure them to prevent tipping hazards. When hanging the wall art, make sure it's high enough beyond a place where your child can reach it. Will your child be with you on moving day or can you get parents or friends to babysit? Children and moving house don't always mix well together but sometimes it's unavoidable. If your kids are with you have repacked snacks and toys ready to keep them occupied.
Visiting your new place before move-in day. You can go there and measure the doorway and stairway openings where you will have your gates. If you have extra-wide spaces, consider ordering gates that are specially made for space. Consider ordering these gates before moving in so that they can be installed on a moving day. But most likely childproof gates come with gate extenders to purchase separately anyway.
Before the removalists have even dropped off the Men That Move eco-friendly plastic boxes for packing go and get electrical outlet covers. Children can access electrical outlets because they are located in areas that they can easily reach. Remember, kids, are always curious to touch such electrical outlets. Then make it the first thing you do to pop the covers on outlets before the removalists have unpacked one item. So much easier when the outlets are easy to get to with no obstacles.
You may need to feed and change your baby immediately after moving into your new home. Where are you going to use to do that? Should you be moving everything in one day, consider asking the removalists to first set up the nursery. With this, you will be at ease during a hectic move.
Does your new home have any window cords? Kids can be so fast to play with them and the danger is if the words are not secured as per the Australian safety code. There is a danger to cords wrapping around necks. You can attach hardware to the wall so that it can gather excess cords. Alternatively, consider replacing them with cordless treatment.
Is there a pool in your new house? The pool should also be properly fenced to avoid accidents. Often in the contract when buying a new home the seller must provide pool safety compliance, eg gates and gate heights. But make sure you are not moving any outdoor furniture or plants close to the fence that can be used to climb.
Moving with a baby can be a tiresome thing. You need to have all baby-proofing gear near you. To make everything easy, consider carrying a separate box with all childproofing gear. This will help you to avoid disorganizing other stuff while looking for certain kid proofing items. Some of the things you can put in the box are outlet covers, a corner guard for sharp edges, cabinet locks, a baby gate and whatever you deem a priority.
Do you have excess electrical cords that you won't be using soon? These days parents have a multitude of wires and cords, keep the ones not used daily neatly packed in a box and transfer them to a spot not accessed by the little members of the family. You might need them in the future, so it's important to keep all of them in a separate box. It's dangerous to leave them on the ground as babies might play with them and even put them in their mouth.
Moving to your new house with kids shouldn't be a hard task anymore. You need to plan before time and stay organized. Visit your new home and inspect it to know what's needed to keep it safe for your baby before moving in. Men That Move Sydney removalists are experienced in moving families belongings. We take care and safety seriously giving you one less thing to worry about on moving day!