Time to turn your adult-friendly home into a baby-friendly home!
Trying to make your adult-friendly home into a baby-friendly home can a bit over-whelming and stressful, especially if you are a first-time-mom. It’s always best to start baby-proofing your home before your baby is born or before they turn 6 months of age.
Why? because not only does it give you peace of mind when your baby starts puttering around the house, but it also saves you the hassle of doing it while looking after your busy baby.
Once your baby has mastered the skills of crawling or even walking, it is natural for them to become curious and begin to explore the world surround them. As a parent, it’s our job to protect our babies well-being and prevent any harm that may come his/her way, whether it’s a bump on the head or a cut! Unfortunately we cannot prevent every single boo boo your baby gets, even though we wish we could. That’s why baby proofing your home is incredibly important and essential!
When it comes to baby proofing for your home, you want to make sure the environment that surrounds your child is up to standards.
There are so many things to think about before entering a room; whereas before it may have never crossed your mind.
- Blind cords are ties up
- Electrical outlets are covered
- Small objects are picked up off floor
- Stairs are blocked off
- Cupboards are locked
- Pet food out of reach
- chemicals are locked up
The list goes on and on… but that’s all the fun in being a parent, right? not like we didn’t have enough on our plate to begin with, but there is a secret trick to better understand what may or may not be a hazard to your little one.
Look at the world from their perspective!
What do I mean by that? I mean it’s time to start crawling!!
That best way to see the dangers in your home is by getting down on their level; when getting on all fours you will be able to see things that you wouldn’t have noticed from your own height. You will see potential choking hazards (if it can fit in a toilet roll, remove it from area), and all things that your baby can grab and yank down. Remember our number one priority is keeping our baby safe and out of harms way.
Common Hazards throughout the home:
Bathtub: As fun as bath time can be for you and the little one, it’s also important to understand how dangerous it can be.
- Never leave your little one unattended even if it is just for a couple seconds to go grab something.
- Drowning can happen in less than an inch of water
- Put down a rubber mat to prevent any bumps or bruises
- Keep away from the faucet Photo by Henley Design Studio from Pexels
- Turn down water heater to 120 degrees to prevent scalding and burns
Electrical outlets and cords: The last thing we what is them chewing/pulling on the electrical cords or putting objects inside the outlets which is extremely dangerous
- Cover all outlets with plastic covers
- Keep all electrical cords away/tied up.
Furniture: Once your little one starts grabbing onto things to pull oneself up, it’s always best to make sure nothing can tip over and harm them
- Secure TV to wall or stand it may sit on. (Fasteners work great for TV stands)
- Bolt any unstable/tipsy furniture around the house to the wall or floor.
Blind/curtain cords: Little ones are known to get tangled up in these
- Tie them up and out of reach
Dressers/Drawers: If babies can find a way, they will climb anything.
- Bolt dresser to the wall to prevent it from toppling over on them
- Lock all drawers, so they cannot pull them out on top of themselves or use them as stairs to climb up onto dresser.
- Lock them up so they don’t get into anything that they shouldn’t be in
- Prevents their fingers from getting closed in.
- Use safety locks and keep them out of reach of your child.
Plants: Not only do you not want your baby getting into your plants and making a mess, but also plants are known to be toxic and can harm your baby
- Put them somewhere where they cannot touch it ( For yours and your babies sake)
Toilets: Toilet can also be a drowning hazard due to the water in them, as well as the lid can come down and pinch their fingers
- Lock the toilet lid or lock the bathroom door to keep your little one safe
Stairs: Injuries happen more often than you think on the stairs.
- Always block off the stairs with a safety gate
- remove any toys or items that are lying around the stairs (tripping hazard)
There are many things to take into consideration when it comes to baby proofing your home to protect your baby from harms way. It can seem overwhelming at first, but once you start it isn’t as difficult as it sounds, it’s all about taking those common sense steps to prevent injuries. If you feel like you may have missed something, the best thing to do is to get back on your hands and knees again and scan each room thoroughly, you can even ask a family member or friend to double check for you to make sure nothing was missed.