A quick but critical safety checklist to baby proof your home
There are many benefits of baby proofing your home. Not only do you keep your child safe, but you also are able to keep your valuables from becoming destroyed in the process of raising children. Experts agree that the best way to childproof is from a child’s perspective which means getting down on your hands and knees and curiously inspecting your home.
The first year is filled with rapid transformation. In the beginning an infant stays exactly where you leave it but in just a few short months the physical limitations will be lifted and they will be exploring everything in your home. As you look around your home, imagine the large book cases, chest of drawers, or TV entertainment centre being climbed by a two year old. Anchor them right away. Consider everything in your home from your child’s current and future point of view. Kneel down and start crawling. At this angle you will be able to easily focus on the exact things that need child proofing.
A few child safety tips to make your home baby proof!
The nursery is just one of the places where your baby will spend a lot of time. There are pretty simple rules pertaining to the nursery and if followed, they will make it not only a fun place to play and sleep in, but a safe place as well! Here are tips to baby proof the Nursery:
- Slats on cribs should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart to avoid entrapment
- Pillows, stuffed animals, blankets, heavy covers and comforters pose serious risk of suffocation. Keep them out of the crib
- Never leave diapering supplies or toiletries where your baby can reach them and accidentally ingest them
- Never place a crib near a window or other piece of furniture.
Research suggests that the kitchen is undoubtedly the most dangerous place in the home.
- Cleaning products should be stored in a high cabinet. If you must store them under the sink use child proof locks.
- Arm your kitchen drawers with drawer stops.
- Get used to placing pot handles sidewards or backwards so a reaching child can't accidentally pull them off the stove
- Heat baby's bottle in something other than the microwave to ensure that scald spots in the milk don’t exist. Use Glass bottles if you are not breastfeeding, and use a bottle warmer.
- Highchairs need to be used on clean; flat surfaces and a baby or toddler should always be strapped in.
- Maintain a fire extinguisher in your kitchen in case a stove fire breaks out. Not only keep it, but know how to use it in case of an emergency.
- Store chemicals, sharp objects and breakable ware in a place that your baby or toddler cannot reach
Bathrooms can be slippery and dangerous. Use non-slip mats everywhere, keep the toilet locked. And remove any soaps, shampoos, nail polish, etc and electrical or sharp products out of reach of children. Secure all your drawers and cabinets with a child safety lock.
Baby proofing your home will be ongoing and just as soon as you think you have it covered, your child will unveil his newest abilities. Remain patient, diligent in your practices and be always aware of your changing surroundings. The best defense when baby proofing your home is to take safety seriously and remain committed to keeping an eye for any potentials safety hazard, not only in your own home, but also when you are travelling or visiting a friends house.