How to Baby-proof Your Rented Home

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How to Baby-proof Your Rented Home

How to  Baby-proof Your Rented Home As parents, I think we can all agree that baby-proofing our homes is not an easy task. Especially if you are renting. Due to your landlord-tenant agreement, there is only so little that you can change in your property. You can’t drill into the walls, you can’t hammer stuff in. It can be a real challenge.

However, we here at Clearhaven Lettings are all about helping your lives easier. In this post, we will talk about some of the challenges that we all come across when trying to make your home as safe as possible for the wee ones. Keep in mind that these tips are focused specifically for infants aged between 0 and 2.

If you are expecting children, it is best to bring this up with your landlord. This way, it won’t come as a surprise when you ask the question if you can baby-proof your home. If you already have children, then you and your landlord would have discussed the things you can and can’t do when baby-proofing your home.

For those who are just starting a new tenancy, be sure to discuss the idea of installing items such as baby gates to your new home. Discuss this with your landlord so you can determine whether or not you’ll be allowed to screw these into the walls.

How to  Baby-proof Your Rented Home.

Another important tip to remember is that when you are viewing a new property, you should check a number of things first. Make sure to be on the lookout for hazards such as drops and gaps in the place. Also check if there are any hazards that you would not be able to cover with a gate.

It is highly recommend that in these cases, parents use boards or safety netting if the gaps between banisters or balcony railings are more than 6.5cm wide. Infants may be able to fit their little bodies through gaps of this size.

Another thing you should look at are the windows. Check them cautiously. Blind cords can be a choking risk for small children so pin these to the wall or tie it up high. Make sure that your infant won’t be able to fit in the windows

Contact your landlord and see if you can use baby gates on the stairs. Baby gates are very important, especially if your infant child had just started to crawl or walk. If or when your landlord allow you to install a baby gate, you will need a safety gate mounting kit to help install your baby gate properly. Of course, there are different types available that you can choose from depending on where your baby gate will be placed.

Additionally, you will also need to secure your cabinets from your child’s wandering hands. Put the heavier items onto higher cupboards. This way, they will be out of reach for any of your little ones crawling around. Make sure that you put the dangerous products such as chemicals, cleaning products, medicines out of the area completely.

If you want to make your cabinets secure, consider getting magnetic locks or adhesive strips. These will prevent your children from easily opening the cabinets, and the don’t require screws.

How to  Baby-proof Your Rented Home.

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