a safety audit in your home

The Problem with Babyproofing

on August 24, 2012

All parents want to avoid accidents to their children but very few parents want to wrap their kids up in cotton wool.  It’s a conundrum. We want our children to experience their world and learn how to cope with what life has to throw at them, but we don’t want our kids to get hurt.  What to do?

There are professional babyproofers who can help, but parents don’t tend to use them. Most parents want to decide for themselves what to do.  They do a little research in magazines or on the internet or with their friends and relations.  They will surely pick up the main risks and therefore protect their kids from the worst dangers.  This is a very ad hoc way of protecting your baby.  What if you miss something?

When our boys were born, I had years of experience in risks and health & safety from my profession, but I missed a major risk in my home.  Luckily, nothing happened to my boys.  I discovered after weeks of research that there were some major risks I missed.  Risks which cause many serious accidents to children in the home.  I was shocked.  When you do some research on the internet the same few obvious risks come up again and again.  Articles tend to dwell on the idea that crawling around the floor works to get a child’s perspective.  Well my advice is less crawling and more thinking and if you want help and get a head start, please read on.

BabyProof App is a checklist and database where you can identify all of the common risks in your home and even record some unusual ones.  The App helps you plan what to do and when to do it, to reduce or eliminate the risks to your child.  If the App helps you avoid one trip to the doctors, it will pay for itself ten times over, not to mention avoiding the pain and anxiety that comes from an accident.  BabyProof empowers parents and guardians to make good decisions about risks at home.

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