Parenting 101: Steps on How to Properly Baby-Proof your Home
August 20, 2014
Babies are practically walking accidents. You can never tell what they’d do next. If you’re a new parent, then you’d probably want to read this. Here are a few tips to make your house baby-proof:
Cover Sharp Edges
Your best choice for covering are foam, cushioned strips, and padded guards, so purchase whichever fits your budget the most. Take a couple of hours off together with your spouse to conceal sharp edges that are within your child’s reach. You don’t want the little one getting cuts or bruises from tables and other furniture.
Seal those Electric Sockets
Babies have unending curiosity; they’ll poke their fingers on basically anything that they find, and that includes electric sockets. Unless your outlets are way beyond the reach of a toddler, make sure to put a safety cover that shuts the outlet when not in use.
Store Sharp Objects Away
This includes knives, scissors and even pens! Have a special storage for items that children could hurt themselves with. Put them in a box, store them up high or lock them up in the cupboard.
Beware of Choking Hazards
Children have that tendency of putting tiny objects inside their mouth, which is why you have to vacuum regularly to keep your house free from coins, paper clips, erasers or any small things that can cause your child to choke.
Set Up Some Baby Fences
There are times when you can’t always keep an eye on your child, especially when they start walking already. They run around the house a lot and you’d be too tired to follow them the whole day. In this case baby, fences will be very helpful! Place safety gates at the entrance and exit of rooms that are unsafe for the child such as the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure to place one at both ends of a stair, too.
Place Safety Latches
Place locks on drawers and cupboards regardless of what’s inside them. Keep chemicals like bleach and detergents locked up, which should also be the case for any form of liquor if you have any. Aside from keeping harmful chemicals away, drawers should always be closed to prevent the little one from getting pinched by accident.
Secure the Furniture
When the babies start walking, they’ll learn to climb little obstacles as well. If you’re your sofa is placed against a window, consider rearranging your furniture. Mount bookshelves to the wall and fix unstable tables to prevent them from toppling on the baby if ever they try climbing it.
Organize Extension Cords
If they don’t end up chewing the cords, they might pull it together with whatever electronic device the cord is attached to. Either way, serious injuries may be the result, so organize the extension cords in such a way that getting hold of them will be impossible for babies. Consider lining them up under furniture or taping them moderately high up on the wall.
Empty the Tubs and Buckets
If your child accidently wanders into the bathroom manages to climb up a filled tub, well, you know what happens next. Babies can drown even in just a few inches of water, so never leave them alone in the bathroom even if you’re just going to answer the phone.
Install Thick Carpets
Children could suddenly learn to climb down from their cribs or fall off a sofa. By installing thick carpets around the house, this could lessen the impact and break the fall. Simple as that.
Extra precautions should be taken if you have a child in the house. But that does not mean you need to keep him or her in their crib at all times. Just make sure everything is baby proof! Invest a little time and money in following this guideline and let your kid have some safe fun in their own home.