We hear a lot about mumpreneurs but what about the dad-preneurs (I may have made that word up) – the fathers who have a great business idea, often as a result of the new challenges faced as a parent? Well last week I met one such man, Chris Jones, who runs a brilliant business offering practical solutions for baby-proofing your home.
Now, you may wonder why we would need this service as we are old hands with a 24 month old. Well I was interested to see what Chris thought of our own attempt at baby and toddler-proofing, had a couple of specific questions and wanted some advice on improvements for our on the move 5 month old.
We got through the crawling and inquisitive months with the minimum baby proofing – an essential stair gate, one lock on a kitchen cupboard and sticky corners on our coffee table which promptly fell off. With two children my attention is often split so I was grateful for some advice and a second pair of eyes to look at our home. Chris walked through our house, room by room, asking about any issues we have.
Chris drew up a list of his suggestions with prices which I was then able to decide whether I thought we needed or not. One of the major strong points of the Baby Safe Homes UK service is that the work is carried out on the same day so you don’t need to wait for any items to be in stock, or your husband to find time to fit them! The list of suggestions was perfect, ranging from simple burgla bar locks on windows which the toddler might lift and climb out of, to a cooker shield, an L bracket fitted to my favourite wobbily vintage cupboard, a strap on the back of the tv securing it to the wall and a clever door monkey to prevent the toddler opening his bedroom door. I also received some invaluable advice such as turning off the heated towel rail in our bathroom to prevent a burn hazard.
I was really pleased with the service. All the advice was helpful and trusted as Chris is father to an active toddler himself. After Chris’s visit our house doesn’t look much different but now we have extra locks on cupboards and doors, the tv is secure and I have some invaluable advice about staying one step ahead of the children and ensuring their safety at home.
About Baby Safe Homes UK
Learning what equipment is on the market and finding the right safety products for your home can easily turn into a frustrating and confusing research project, and it could then take several days or weeks of DIY to fix the safety equipment. Baby Safe Homes UK, a RoSPA member, provides a clean, fast and affordable service to baby safe the home.
The company will carry out an initial survey of a home and provide a consultation on safety issues to be remedied, for a nominal fee, from £25. A list of tasks and recommended products is provided and the company can then install all the required equipment, the same day, in a matter of hours. The company’s experience means they know the most appropriate and best quality safety products to install. If the same day installation service is chosen, the initial consultation will be free. Installation costs vary according to what needs to be done and equipment costs are competitive to those found on the high street or Internet.
Call 0207 559 1491 for more info, or visit www.babysafehomes.co.uk