Baby Proofing – Necessity or a Matter of Choice ?

Babies are naturally curious about their surroundings. They are a brand new addition to the world so everything is new, exciting and intriguing. These tiny tots cannot be blamed for discovering a whole new world made up of fascinating things but they have to be protected.

While some parents take baby proofing as an absolute necessity, some parents believe it’s a matter of choice.

For the latter, here are a few reasons why we feel baby proofing is not a matter of choice, but necessity;


  1. Prevention of accidents: Baby proofing is essential to prevent accidents such as falls, burns, poisoning, choking, and suffocation.
  2. Protecting curious babies: Babies are naturally curious and will explore their environment, putting themselves at risk without proper safety measures in place.
  3. Peace of mind: Baby proofing provides parents with peace of mind, knowing that their child is protected from potential hazards.
  4. Protection against electrical dangers: Babies can easily come into contact with electrical outlets, cords, and appliances, putting them at risk for serious injury or death.
  5. Prevent access to dangerous items: Baby proofing helps prevent babies from accessing potentially dangerous items such as cleaning products, sharp objects, and small objects that could be choking hazards.
  6. Protection against falls: Babies are especially vulnerable to falls, and baby proofing can help prevent these accidents by securing furniture, securing windows, and using safety gates.
  7. Protection against drowning: Babies can drown in as little as an inch of water, making it necessary to secure pools, hot tubs, and bathtubs.
  8. Protection against strangulation: Baby proofing helps prevent strangulation hazards by securing loose cords and ties on blinds and curtains.
  9. Protection against fire: Babies can start fires by playing with matches and other flammable items, so it's important to baby proof to prevent these accidents.
  10. A legal requirement: In some areas, it may be a legal requirement to baby proof your home to ensure that it is safe for children.

What is your point of view on baby proofing? Is it necessity or a matter of choice?