Baby proofing your home could be one of the most important safety measures new parents need to do. It really isn’t that hard for some parents, but for others, they don’t really have the first clue of what to do or when to do it. It is best that you start baby proofing your house right away, even if you are still pregnant. That way, you and the others living in the house can get use to some things before baby needs them. Here are some tips to help you get started:
Scope out the territory. Get down on your hands and knees to determine which cupboards or drawers a baby might pull down, what spaces he might get stuck or injured in, and what furniture or appliances he might be able to pull down.
Use caution with furniture and fixtures. Bookcases, dressers, and appliances can fall on children; both furniture to the wall if possible. Cover all sharp corners and edges of furniture with soft material like foam pieces or cloth to soften the impact if your child falls into them.
Install gates. Look for child safety gates that your child can’t dislodge, but that you can easily open and close. Install gates that screw to the wall rather than those that stay put by using pressure for added security.
Secure your windows. Window blinds pose a particular hazard because a baby’s neck could become trapped in the cords. Tie blind cords so they are out of reach. To prevent falls from windows, install window guards that screw into the side of a window frame, have bars no more than 4 inches apart, and can be adjusted to fit windows of may different sizes.
Prevent poisoning. Keep all poisonous products out of your child’s reach. Put safety locks on all cabinets and drawers that hold bug sprays, cleaning products, medication, and other poisons.
Prevent drowning. Most in-home drowning deaths occur in bathtubs. Never leave your baby unattended in the tub for any amount of time.
Prevent fires. Experts say having a working smoke alarm can cut the chances of dying in a fire in half. Install smoke alarms in every room of the house. Check them monthly to be sure they’re working, and change batteries every year. You should also have at least one carbon monoxide detector in your home.
Prepare for an emergency. Program emergency numbers into your home and cell phone and keep a list of these numbers in a visible area for you and others to easily access. Stock up on first-aid supplies. Put a kit together, with a first aid items, bottled water, a little pillow, a blanket, and whatever other items you think you may need, and keep it somewhere accessible, just incase!