Do you have a small one on the way and are starting to notice regular items in your house are dangerous objects? Becoming a parent is a scary experience; we know that you want to protect your child from as much as possible. We all know that there will be many things you cannot, but you can create a safe environment during their first few years.
Check out these 6 ways to baby proof your home. The best part is you can apply them to a house you own or rent!
- Make a Plan & Start as Soon as Possible
Baby-proofing your home is a big task, so it is best to start before the baby has arrived—as the newborn will keep your hands full!
The best way to get baby proofing finished is to make a plan by breaking down each room individually. Depending on how early you start, you can give yourself a week for each room, starting from top to bottom. Another option is to tackle categories, like doors, drawers, or cabinets. For example, if you focused on cabinets first, you could install cabinet locks throughout the house and then move on to doors.
Whatever your plan is, you want to focus on the most dangerous areas first before making your way to spaces that can cause bumps and bruises. Research shows that choking and suffocation are the biggest hazards to children less than 1-year-old.
- Prepare for the Worst
Ignorance is bliss, but not when you’re dealing with a newborn. We understand that it is difficult to think about all of the different scenarios that could hurt your baby—and why would you! But on the same token, you have to be prepared for the worst. Here are a few things you can do:
- Make sure your house/unit number is visible if it is not, make sure you ask your landlord to put directional signs to your unit so first-responders can find you
- Have working Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors on each floor of your house
- Purchase a fire extinguisher for the kitchen
- Keep a landline phone and print a list of emergency numbers that are kept near the landline
- Enter emergency contacts and medical information into your cell phone
- Eliminate Strangling & Choking Hazards
Make a conscious effort to go through your house to find items that are small enough to choke on. We know this is a daunting and challenging task, but it’s better to start clearing our low junk drawers now so you can focus on the less assuming stuff like children’s toys or food. We also recommend:
- Tie back cords on blinds and curtains or install cordless blinds
- Vacuum often
- Remove plastic caps on the sides of toilets and door stops
Remove plastic dry-cleaner bags, grocery bags and other small items like refrigerator magnets, batteries, paper clips, etc. out of reach of tiny hands.
- Find Solutions for Poisonous Materials
We all keep our cleaning chemicals under the sink, but even with safety latches, this is not a safe place to keep these. We recommend putting pots and pans there instead and moving the chemicals to a locked closet. For, if a baby gets access to a pan it would probably result in a bruise or an ugly scratch on the floor. Additionally:
- Remove toxic houseplants from the home
- Remove medicine, vitamins, shampoos, cosmetics, etc. off counters – even those with childproof locks (they often aren’t that childproof)
- Place alcohol or cannabis in high or locked cabinets
- Secure Furniture
You want to minimize the risk of falling furniture and appliances, especially as your baby turns into a toddler. We recommend these tips to prevent injury or worse from happening:
- Move furniture items away from windows so the child can’t climb to the window
- Secure big items like TV’s, bookshelves, and dressers so that they won’t topple over
- Unplug small appliances between uses (i.e. toasters, blenders, etc.)
- Use heavy-weight picture hooks to prevent pictures from falling off the walls
Secure the Drawers, Doors, Lids, and Corners
This is pretty self-explanatory, so here are our tips to ensure safety:
- Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs, entrances to rooms, or any off-limits spaces
- Install non-slip pads under area rugs to minimize tripping
- Cover sharp furniture edges and corners with safety padding
- Block electrical outlets with safety plugs or plastic covers
- Latch drawers, doors, or cupboards that are within baby’s reach, and move sharp objects to high, locked drawers.
Baby proofing is super important, especially before the child is born. Creating a safe environment allows you as a parent to relax more and not always having to say no.
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