Baby proofing: the basics

 

Attachment issues 

If you’re anything like us, you will have thrown away the bits that came with your furniture to attach it to the wall. Especially in a rented flat, drilling holes in the walls seemed an unnecessary stress. Well, now it’s a necessary stress. IKEA will send replacement restraint kits for any large pieces of furniture, so they will stay upright no matter who is trying to pull them over!
 

Attachment issues 

If you’re anything like us, you will have thrown away the bits that came with your furniture to attach it to the wall. Especially in a rented flat, drilling holes in the walls seemed an unnecessary stress. Well, now it’s a necessary stress. IKEA will send replacement restraint kits for any large pieces of furniture, so they will stay upright no matter who is trying to pull them over!
 

Guard your greenery

Any smaller pot plants should be moved out of the way of grabbing hands. But what to do with those larger plants that won’t balance on a windowsill? For some reason the soil is a hundred times more appealing to your little one than the food you slaved over all afternoon… You can buy ‘soil guards’ online, but if you’re trying to avoid plastic, we have a solution.

If you’re anything like us, you will have over-purchased muslins before the birth, having been told you can ‘never have too many’. Well, we’ve got the perfect use for them.

Stretch them around the base of your plant, and secure them around the edge of the pot (natural rubber elastic bands should do the trick). Not only will they stop little hands reaching in - you can also water through them, and they stay damp on hot days to stop the soil drying out. Genius!

Band practice

You can buy many implements to keep your cupboards closed, though our favourite way is just to use a rubber band over the two handles - simple, yet effective (at least until they’re old enough to work out they can take them off… you’ve got a while yet!). 
 
 

 

Band practice

You can buy many implements to keep your cupboards closed, though our favourite way is just to use a rubber band over the two handles - simple, yet effective (at least until they’re old enough to work out they can take them off… you’ve got a while yet!). 
 
 

Gate out!

There are some lovely wooden stair gates on the market - whether you’re trying to keep baby from the stairs or just out of the kitchen. Your local charity shop is also a great place to check!