Excitement, happiness, fear... these are the feelings that might overwhelm the soon-to-be parents, when they first receive the happy news. And then they start to wonder…
Household accidents are the leading cause of children injuries. You're right to be thinking about how to make your home a safer place for your child.
Baby proofing can be done quickly and easily and will prevent lots of accidents. You don't even have to do it all at once. Do what's necessary to make your home a safer place for your newborn baby and adjust your baby proofing as your child grows and becomes more curious and more mobile.
Start from securing each part of your home and then head on to obtain all the necessary baby gear, clothing and footwear. You will feel much better knowing that your home is prepared for the arrival of your little one.
When preparing the nursery, you usually start from scratch. Any painting needs to be done in advance to allow toxic fumes to evaporate before the baby arrives. The sooner you do it, the better. Set up any furniture in advance too.
Don't forget to install carbon monoxide detectors and fire alarms, not only in the nursery, but throughout the whole house.
The living room is where the family spends most of the time in a day. For the little explorers, it’s a jungle with many things to be discovered.
For starters, their little fingers can be pinched when opening the door. Safety gates are an excellent way of avoiding such mishaps. There are different kinds that require different levels of redecoration in your home. Between rooms on the same floor standard gates are sufficient. Using safety gates for the stairs will be covered in a separate section.
Installing safety gates to prevent children from entering the kitchen is necessary. However, some houses feature open plan kitchens and there are no safety gates that are big enough to block off access to the kitchen, which is important especially during cooking or baking. In such cases, you have to know how to baby proof your kitchen in advance.
Never allow your child in the bathroom without supervision. Install a hook-and-eye lock high on the door or place a child proof cover over doorknob to prevent your child from entering the bathroom when no one is around.
It’s easy to keep the baby away from the bathroom when he or she is just crawling. However, you should make your bathroom safer even before your child starts walking.
Windows, doors and stairways can be found in every area of your home and we hardly think about them at all.
Well, there is a new occupant in your house and he or she is very curious and extremely prone to accidents so you must take the necessary precautions to ensure maximum safety at all times.
Statistics always show a large number of accidents happening at home, but those numbers are drawn from a large data pool and over a long period of time. Still, you want to make sure you do everything you can in order to prevent your child from ever becoming a part of the negative side of that statistic.
You can baby proof your house room-by-room, but the one thing you can’t really control in terms of safety are the guests you are bound to have in your home at some point. They don’t intend to harm your baby, but might do so inadvertently. An elderly aunt’s purse could look like a treasure chest for a baby – containing lots of medicine, little scissors, lighters, cigarettes, coins and who knows what else. So, remember to stay alert and keep an eye on your child around guests to prevent any possible mishaps.
When you go visit someone, you can’t expect everyone to baby proof their home just because you occasionally visit them with your child. Because of this, it’s important to teach your children what no means, as well as the practice of not touching other people’s things. This is not only a great step towards your child’s safety, but also an important part of parenting.
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