My brother has never had kids so he is a bit vague when it comes to knowing how to look after them. He does not see little dangers around us and compensate for them like I feel I constantly have to do, he just thinks it’s all fun, games and no responsibility bless him! He arrives he has a water fight, wraps them up in cuddles then leaves… and all the time thinks I am overprotective and a worrywart!!! Although maybe making my youngest wear a hardhat in play was one step too far haha!
I on the other hand think he is TOO relaxed whilst I manically make sure medication is locked away, corners are covered, baby safety gates were installed (when the boys were much younger) and fingers not trapped in doors!
My brother is a landlord now and after reading this article about baby proofing your rental home I hope he is sympathetic if his tenant who has two young children makes small changes to the house to make it safer for her children. He might not appreciate the extra drill holes from those safety gates but they are essential for the peace of mind of parents.
Even better if these tenants eventually move out maybe he could baby proof as standard or at least reassure them he is happy for changes to happen that would improve the overall safety of the property. I think it would definitely make your rental property more attractive to parents, because lets be honest many of us are very protective of our little charges.
Reading the article reminds me of how difficult it can be to keep babies safe, when they are mouthing everything they find and seem to make a beeline for the stairs or anything else potentially dangerous! We had a stairgate at the bottom and the top until the boys were capable to navigate them on their own, all our sockets had covers and the fridge even had a lock to stop those prying hands grabbing anything they shouldn’t. I will definitely be encouraging my brother to read the article so he is better prepared when tenants want to discuss baby proofing and hopefully one day in the not to distant future he might have children himself. I am desperate for the boys to have more cousins and to cuddle a squidgy baby without having the overwhelming duty of raising it!