a safety audit in your home

What does Babyproofing involve & what does it cost?

on August 22, 2012

The birth of your child must be the most incredible life changing experience you will know. About 8 month previously you would have found out there is a baby on the way and since then your whole focus has been towards giving birth to a healthy baby. Now that your baby has come into the world your whole concern is to nourish your baby, keep your baby safe and teach baby to sit up, crawl, walk, talk and to learn all about their new and wonderful world.

As a new parent, your old routine is gone. Your world has completely changed, I would say for the good, but there are many challenges for you and so many new things to figure out. Just when you think you have got the hang of things, your baby will have moved on it his/her development and new challenges will come along.

Many of these challenges will relate to the physical protection of your baby. At every turn you must consider how to protect such a vulnerable little treasure. So what does Babyproofing your house involve? When should you start, how much does it cost and how far should you go?

When do you start?

During pregnancy and in the first few months of a baby’s life, parents have a huge amount to cope with and in our experience most parents do not start to think about babyproofing the house until the baby starts crawling. If you think about it, there are many risks facing the baby on the first day he/she arrives home and indeed before that during pregnancy. Examples of such risks are house fires and clutter or poor lighting which might contribute to a trip hazard to mum while carrying baby (after or during pregnancy). So if you are going to babyproof, why not begin it during the pregnancy. It may be the last time you have this much time on your hands until you get into a new routine with baby and things settle down a little.

How much does it cost?

Here are some interesting facts we have discovered from our research which might surprise you. The figures are based on a typical 3 bedroom house.

1. 26% of all the risks identified for our BabyProof App cost nothing to reduce or eliminate. These risks are remedied by changes of habits or training your baby as he/she grows.

2. 35% of all these risks will cost less than €5.

3. 39% of all these risks will cost more than €5.

4. 25% of all the risks identified for our BabyProof App will not affect your child until he/she is crawling.

5. 4% of all these risks will not affect your child until he/she is walking.

So a quarter of the risks do not cost anything to reduce/remedy and just under 30% of the risks will not cost you anything until your baby starts crawling.

Finally, when you do decide to babyproof you have two choices. You can spend many many hours researching the risks and learning as you go or you can use BabyProof App and identify all of the typical risks in a typical house early and reduce the possibility of an accident effectively from day one.  We estimate that it would take at least 30 hours of research to get near to identifying the risks in BabyProof App and then you have to decide what you can do.  BabyProof App suggests the remedies too.  Click the link on the right side of this blog under the iPhone picture to purchase BabyProof App in the AppStore.

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