6 More Childproofing Mistakes To Avoid
We previously took a look at some common childproofing mistakes many people make, but there are even more to keep in mind. Keeping kids safe is paramount for us at Jamboo Creations, so we’ve got more helpful tips to ensure your little one’s safety. If you’re looking for a way to make your home safer without sacrificing style, check out our line of customizable childproofing products, including HearthSoft™, which makes your fireplace a much safer area to be around for kiddos.
Mind Your Water Heater
One aspect that is often overlooked is how hot your water heater is set to. With how thin a baby’s skin is, they are especially at risk to be scalded by water that is too hot. It only takes a few seconds of exposure to excessively hot water to give an infant third-degree burns! As children get a bit older, they can accidentally turn the hot water on at full blast and burn themselves. It’s just not worth the risk. Until they are older and understand the situation, it’s recommended to turn your water heater down to about 120 degrees — still hot enough for comfortable showers, but not hot enough to scald.
Don’t Make Them Couch Potatoes
When your baby is able to sit up on their own, you may think it is ok to plunk them down on a couch, bed, or counter. Unfortunately, this is still incredibly dangerous. While a baby may be able to sit up on their own, their balance is still developing, and they are prone to topple over. When this happens on a high up surface like a couch, they are at an increased risk of broken bones. Due to how common these types of injury are, between six and 12 months of age, it’s recommended you keep them within arms reach at all times until they’re at least a year old. If you set your baby down in an infant-carrier seat, make sure the straps are secured and the seat is not on an edge to avoid it tipping over.
Dodge the Walkers
You may think walkers and baby buggies are safe thanks to their padding and protective rings, but you’d be incorrect. The truth is, more than 6,000 babies are injured while in a baby walker. Everything from falling down stairs to toppling over a sliding glass door track puts your baby at extreme risk of severe injuries, with head injuries being particularly common. Not only that, studies have shown that the use of walkers can actually delay the development of motor skills and mental acumen. Because of this, The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against using walkers entirely. Stationary activity centers and time spent on their stomach have shown far better results, encouraging babies to push themselves up and crawl. When they do this, it helps to develop the muscles necessary for more advanced movement later in childhood.
Lock It Up
In many households, cleaning materials and insecticides are often kept in very low cabinets. If a child gets a hold of these hazardous materials, they are at risk of poisoning if they consume it. Lung damage can even occur if fumes are inhaled for too long. When possible, keep these items out of reach of children. If it is not possible to keep them out of reach, use a childproof cabinet lock for all areas where dangerous items are kept. Never leave these items out in the open after you have used them.
Tethered No More
We know how much babies want their pacifiers nearby, so it can seem like a simple solution to tether it to their clothes. Unless the tether is less than seven inches long, it will stand as a strangulation risk. A safer option is to use a pacifier clip so it’s within reach without the possibility of accidentally strangling them.
Be Careful With Food
When babies graduate from baby food to solids, it’s important to keep in mind how large the food is when you give it to them. They aren’t that good at chewing yet, and their windpipe is still very small, meaning it doesn’t take much to block airflow. If you give your baby grapes or cherries, cut them into quarters and remove any seeds and pits. With hot dogs, remove the skin and cut them into very small pieces. Any food you give your baby should either be mashed, pureed, or cut into smaller than bite-size pieces to avoid choking hazards.
Keeping your baby safe can feel like a full-time job, but if you take the proper precautions your kiddo is going to be happy and healthy. Call us at Jamboo Creations for more helpful childproofing products. They’re customizable as well, so you can find something that looks perfect with the rest of your decor. We’ll make sure your home is safe and sound… and stylish.