Flats to Rent in Pretoria
PUBLISHED 28 NOV 2016
Baby Proofing Your Rented Apartment
Baby proofing a home can be a challenge under normal circumstances, but it can be even more difficult if you are renting an apartment. This is due to the fact that there is often very little you can change in a property without the need to drill or hammer into the walls, for which you’ll require the permission of your letting agent and landlord.
We’re taking a look at making your flat safer for babies aged between 0 and 2 years, and the challenges you may come across when trying to make your home safe for your little ones, and how you can overcome them. Even though you’re renting the flat, you still have options available to you when it comes to keeping your home safe for your child.
Making Your Apartment Safe for Your Baby
If you are expecting a baby, or already have one, you’re likely to have discussed this with your rental agent. If you’re about to start a new tenancy, or are still searching for a flat to rent in Pretoria, it’s also the perfect time to discuss the prospect of installing items such as baby gates, and whether or not you’re allowed to screw them into the walls.
When viewing an apartment to rent, there are a few things you should be on the lookout for. Keep an eye out for hazards such as drops and gaps, including whether there are any hazards you wouldn’t be able to cover with a gate, such as gaps between the balustrades on a staircase.
You can use safety netting or boards on gaps between balcony balustrades or banisters if the gaps in them are more than 6.5cm wide. Small babies might be able to squeeze their bodies through gaps of this size. Also, keep an eye out for the property’s windows, as blind cords can be a choking hazard for small children. These need to be pinned to the wall, or tied up high.
Installing a Baby Gate in Your Rented Apartment
If you need to block off certain parts of your home that may be potentially hazardous to your baby, then a baby gate is the perfect option for babies between the ages of 0 and 2 years old. However, should the landlord not allow for any screwing or drilling of holes into the walls, a traditional baby gate won’t be an option for you. Instead, you’ll have to look into “pressure mounted” baby gates.
The pressure gate is perfectly suitable for use at the base of the stairs to your loft, but shouldn’t be used at the top of the landing. This is because, with the correct pressure on the baby gate, your baby could fall through. This obviously isn’t a risk when the gate is installed on the ground floor’s landing.
Preventing Cabinet Access
One important aspect of baby proofing that doesn’t enjoy the same level of popularity as baby gates is cabinetry in the apartment. There is often the need to secure your cabinets from wandering hands, and it isn’t as difficult or as much of a hassle as you may think.
To start with, move heavy times onto higher cupboards, so they’re entirely out of reach of any little ones crawling around. Aside from this, ensure that you move dangerous products, such as cleaning products and medicines, out of the area completely. Consider investing in magnetic locks or adhesive strips for your lower cabinets and fridge.
We have helped thousands of families over the years to find their next homes. If you are looking for flats to rent in Pretoria, speak to us today. Our rental agents will help you find beautiful apartments fit for your family’s needs, and take care of every aspect of your tenancy. We look forward to helping you find your family’s next home.