Essentials for Baby Proofing
While you may be thinking it’s too early to worry about your baby being mobile and getting into trouble, the reality is babies develop faster than you expect. The busy life that comes with being a new parent will make the time fly by even faster and before you know it, they’re graduating college. Alright, maybe not that fast, but it’s still a good idea to prepare your home early so you’re ready for when your little one starts to explore on their own. Taking a little bit of time to make your home safer before your baby comes home or when they’re brand new to the world will save you headaches in the future.
-Fit to be Tied
While that fancy entertainment center is very stylish, it’s not necessarily the most well-balanced design in the world. With the right amount of pressure and weight, it could be tipped over, sending your brand new TV flying, with everything landing on your unsuspecting baby. Tie down TVs, bookshelves, dressers, and any other heavy furniture with furniture straps in any rooms that your baby may be alone in. You can also find tip resistant furniture safety brackets that attach to the legs of the furniture, keeping it stable and upright. Avoid putting your TV on a dresser, as its drawers can be used to climb. We also recommend putting corner or edge bumpers on any furniture with especially sharp edges.
What’s the worst that could happen with a baby alone in a bathroom? Much more than you might think at first. Because of how dangerous not just the water in the toilet can be for a baby, but also how much damage a falling toilet lid can do, it’s important to keep it shut and secured with a lid lock. You will also want to make sure you secure the cupboards beneath the bathroom sink, as many households store their dangerous cleaning chemicals there. You can find magnetic locks or child cupboard locks at hardware stores.
Pretty much every room in your home will have devices plugged into the wall with a cord. Fastening these cords to the wall with cord holders will keep them out of the way and prevent a baby from tugging on them. This will help keep your baby safe from electrical hazards or heavy equipment that could be pulled down with a few tugs. This will also make your home look more organized without cords and cables strewn about.
-Safe Cribs for Safe Naps
Your baby will be spending a lot of time in their crib, so it’s important to make sure it’s safe for you to leave them in it while they sleep. It’s a good idea to choose a crib with fixed rails. However, if you have to use an older crib, don’t use a drop-side rail. You will need to get an immobilizer for these types of cribs, as cribs with drop-side rails have been banned. Make sure the railings are not wide enough for your baby to slip its head between. A good test for this is the soda can test. If you can slip a soda can between the slats, they are too wide. Though it may seem cruel, you will want to keep soft items like blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, and bumpers out of the crib, as they pose a suffocation risk.
With nearly 70 percent of Americans on at least one type of prescription drug, it’s safe to say there’s likely some pills in your home you’ll need to protect your baby from. Always keep medicine in a childproof container. Avoid taking medicine in front of your child, as this could lead to imitation of this act. Always refer to medicine as what it is, and never ‘candy’, because you don’t want to put it in a child’s head that your medicine is something they’d want to eat. Never flush old pills down the toilet. Instead, return them to your local drug store through their take-back program. If you don’t have access to that, throw the pills away in a sealed bag with something like kitty litter or old coffee grounds — anything your baby would not have a desire to eat — then throw that in your dumpster to get it out of the house.
-Curtains and Blinds
Pretty much every home has some sort of window covering, and they each pose their own risks. Either tie up the cords for your blinds or cut off the ends and attach breakaway safety tassels to prevent accidental strangulation. Secure drapes, so they can’t be pulled down, as the dowel holding drapes up are often very heavy, and you don’t want that falling down on your little one. When placing a crib or child’s bed, never put it near window blinds or drapes. Cribs and beds naturally help children reach higher places, so you never want to put it in range of something dangerous they could grab onto.
We’ll be continuing with far more helpful hints to be aware of when you’re baby proofing your home, but this is a good place to start making your house safe for a baby to grow up in. If you’re looking for a way to keep your baby safe from your fireplace without compromising the style and design of your home, check us out at Jamboo Creations. With custom designs and a passion for child safety, we have the perfect product for you.