Parenting is a huge responsibility. It’s about taking responsibility for the well-being and very life of a child. Making sure a child is brought up well, lives in a safe environment, and is never lacking in the basic necessities of life, above all, love. As parents, we want our children to have the freedom to explore, to learn new things about the world around them, to develop and grow. We also want our children to be safe. Baby proofing your home is an important part of creating a safe environment for the home. In this article, we will discuss how much it costs to baby proof your home.
According to Fixr, the average cost range for baby proofing a house is $500 to $2500, with an average cost of $1500. This includes consultation and professional baby proofing of gates, furniture, locks, outlets and electrical, windows and doors for a 6-roomed 1,500 square foot house. At the low end, you can expect to pay $250 or so to baby proof gates, locks and outlet covers. At the high end, you can expect to pay as much as $10,000 to baby proof alarms, electrical and anti-scald, furniture anchors, gates, pools, and windows and doors and get video monitoring.
When baby proofing, it’s important to look at all the rooms in your home. As babies grow, their urge to explore and discover their environment grows. This is how they learn. It also means that their curiosity will drive them to lots of unexpected places. Your entire home is a playfield, a learning centre for your child and also, a potential source of danger. Kitchens are particularly dangerous for babies. If there’s one room you need to baby proof, it’s the kitchen. You need to get safety locks and latches and keep your child’s time in the kitchen down to when you are actively monitoring them. This is because your child could get burnt, or inhale stuff like detergents, while in the kitchen.
Safety latches range from $15 to $21 on Amazon. They make it impossible for your baby to access cabinets and discover something to swallow. The most popular kind uses a catch and hook system because of the endurance the system provides.
Safety gates are also important because they prevent babies from getting into places too dangerous for them to be in. You can get them from as low as $16.99, though some cost as much as $109.99 on Amazon.
You should also take a look at getting electrical outlet covers, which prevent your baby from sticking their fingers into sockets and getting an electrical shock. A pack of 32 costs around $8.95 on Amazon.
Countertops and furniture can be dangerous because of their sharp edges. Corner guards smooth out the corners, protecting your child from them. Amazon offers packs of 4 for $7.95.
Scalding is a pretty serious thing so what you want to get is an anti-scald device for about $53.99 on Amazon. If you have a water heater, instead of getting an anti-scald device, you can set the heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and pre-test water before you put your baby in for bathing or washing hands.
Another thing you should do is get baby furniture. This will provide your baby with furniture specifically for their use, which is safe and built for their needs. A great place to find baby furniture is Franklin and Ben Baby Furniture.