Monday April 29, 2019
The time to baby proof your home to make it safe for the precious new visitor is before the baby is born. Babies grow quickly, from being barely able to move to crawling all over the home in curious exploration. You need to make sure every inch of it is free of hazards for the little explorer.
Where to Start
If you are going to paint the nursery or other room where the baby will be staying when he or she comes home, do that at least two months before that event occurs. Paint fumes can be especially toxic to a newborn, so give them plenty of time to disperse.
Also, make sure the crib slats are no more than 2-3/8 inches apart and all bolts and screws are fastened tightly. Keep bumpers, comforters, blankets and toys out of the crib.
Remove any flaking or peeling paint in every room of the house as well as the exterior. The baby may not be exposed to this immediately, but this task can take a while and babies grow up fast.
Place the changing table on a thick carpet to stabilize it. While it certainly makes sense to keep baby wipes, powder, baby oil and other diaper changing necessities within your reach, be sure that they are all out of the baby’s reach – babies have a surprisingly long reach.
Make sure there are working smoke detectors and carbon dioxide detectors in every room of the house and keep extra batteries for these in the house at all times. Don’t forget to keep the fire extinguishers handy and be sure you know how to use them. Learning how to use them at the time a fire breaks out will not keep you, your family members or your home safe from fire damage.
Other Necessary Safeguards
Hazards can include anything that is unstable and anything that can be pulled down or fall down. This means:
- Securing items like television sets and dressers to the wall
- Keeping blind and drapery cords up high to avoid little hands from looping the cords around themselves
- Moving tall floor lamps behind heavy furniture so they won’t topple
- Putting non-slip mats under all area rugs
- Securing electrical cords out of the way and high off the floor
- Locking up cleaning supplies
- Locking up all medicines and supplements
Many little crawlers love to look in low cabinets and drawers, especially in the kitchen. To keep the curiosity going, but safely, provide a special bottom drawer with safe contents. This may include nerf balls, safe noise makers like rattles, spoons that can be knocked together and anything that is not sharp. Move all knives, graters, scissors, breakable items and heavy objects to drawers or cabinets where the baby can’t get to them.
All appliances such as curling irons, hair driers, and small kitchen appliances must be unplugged and locked away when not in use.
While no one can cover every possible circumstance that may endanger a baby, there are some universal laws of safety that can be applied. When you watch your baby in action, you will undoubtedly discover more things you need to do to keep the little tyke safe. While you can’t watch your baby every minute of the day, you can provide these safety measures that come from collective years of experience from parents just like you.
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