Bringing baby home! It’s one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking times in your life. You want to get everything right, and make sure your entire family is cared for and as well looked after as possible.

There are so many things to remember, and one of the most important steps is making sure your house is completely baby-proofed so that your new little bundle of joy is safe and protected from the moment they’re born, onwards.

We’ve put together a checklist of everything you need to consider for each of the main rooms in your house, when thinking about how safe your home is for your new baby.

Start In The Hallway

As your baby becomes more mobile, there is a small risk that they could be in danger of falling down the stairs. Once your baby starts to crawl and walk, this risk increases. Ensure safety gates are fitted at the top and bottom of the stairs so that only adults can have access to them.

It’s a good idea to make certain that if there are any gaps between bannisters on a staircase, that they’re no more than 100mm. This is to prevent your little one getting they’re head stuck between them if they should happen to crawl over there.

Make sure you have good lighting in your hallway and on your landing so that as your child does become more independent and mobile, they can see where they’re going and are at less risk of falling down the stairs.

One good final tip is to also make sure any floor coverings are secured down well, and that there are no trailing wires in these rooms. You do not want your baby to get caught in them, and neither do you, as parents, want to trip on them! The same goes for every room in the house, but it’s worth pointing out here, as a ‘start as you mean to go on’ point.

Moving into your living room

As baby gets more mobile the safety concerns you need to consider will change, but some basic points to consider and put into place never go amiss.

Think about things such as heat sources like fires, heaters and radiators and buying protectors and covers for these. Whilst baby needs to be kept warm, they also must be kept away from direct heat which could be a burning hazard for their delicate skin and hair.

Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in main living spaces – especially those that contain fires and heaters. Never leave your child unattended in a room where there is any source of heat.

Make sure floors and carpets are swept regularly to remove any small objects that could be choking hazards.

On tables, use steady mats that can’t easily be pulled off by inquisitive babies.

Attach safety devices to blinds and curtain cords so they’re out of reach of babies and can’t become wrapped round their extremities.

Check any houseplants to make sure they’re not poisonous. If they are, remove them from the house, or put them completely out of reach of babies and small children. The same point is true of anything such as glass or ornaments, or anything breakable that could be a cutting or choking hazard. Keep these firmly out of reach or locked into cupboards which can’t easily be opened. .

Look At Kitchen Safety

In the kitchen, the most common dangers present are things like burns, scalds, cuts and poisoning. To stop any of the accidents from occurring, the most essential piece of equipment you can have is a safety gate on the kitchen door, so baby can’t crawl in unattended, or whilst you’re busy.

Other safety measures you can take include, cooking only on the back rings of your stove top and using a cooker guard so that pans and pots can’t easily be knocked off.

Any cleaning products or chemicals should be kept in locked cupboards or well out of reach of inquisitive hands.

Cupboards at low levels should be fitted with safety catches, as should drawers, fridges and freezers and dishwashers/washing machines.

You should always keep a fire blanket near to the cooker in case of real emergencies.

Anything electrical should always be unplugged when not in use and power supplies off.

Sharp objects should be locked or hidden away.

Get Your Bathroom Ship-Shape

Common problems in the bathroom are like those hazards you might find in the kitchen such as scalds from hot water, poisoning from accidental ingestion of cleaning products or medications and cuts from sharp items like razors that have been left lying around.

When running a bath for your new baby, run cold water into the tub before hot and mix it thoroughly before making sure you test it with a thermometer. It should be no hotter than 37 degrees. Anything warmer than this may scald your baby’s skin.

Always place a non-slip mat in the bottom of the bath. To stop your baby slipping or falling under the water and always keep them supported. You should also hang a towel over the taps to prevent your child from burning themselves and never leave a small baby unattended in water.

Keep your toilet brush out of reach, and never use a toilet block disinfectant as they look attractive enough for a baby or toddler to pull off and chew at!

Medicines should always be kept in a well locked cupboard that is out of the way of tiny hands.

Making Sweet Dreams And Not Nightmares In The Bedroom

Although traditionally new-borns should sleep in the same room as Mom and Dad, after the age of six months parents may want them to get used to having their own room. A new bedroom for a new baby means you’ll need to consider specific safety aspects.

Make sure you check on baby regularly through the night, even with a baby monitor in place – it’s good to pop in and take a look every now and again. If you’re going to do this then have a cot light or dimmer put in place so you can look in on them without disturbing their sleep.

Install and use a wall thermometer, this will keep a check on temperature in the room which ideally should always be around 18 degrees Celsius.

Purchase a cot and mattress that conform properly to safety standards. Ensure that the mattress fits perfectly with the base of the cot and that any gaps are no bigger than four centimetres.

Fit safety devices to blinds and curtains to keep them out of reach of more mobile babies and toddlers.

Never leave your child alone or unattended on a raised surface as they could easily fall onto the floor. If you must leave a baby for a few moments, put them into their cot.

Don’t put a cot directly near a heat source, as your baby could easily overheat or scald themselves.

Don't place the cot near a window so that there isn't any risk of your baby falling out or becoming entangled in curtains.

Never put pillows in with babies as they are a smothering hazard.