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Making Your Home Baby-Proof


Before you bring a child into the world, you need to make sure it’s safe to bring him or her into your home. Baby proofing is an important step in parenthood; one you should never neglect. However, preparing your home does not have to be overly complicated or expensive. Use common sense plus a few safety products to baby proof you home and you will be well-equipped for your bundle of joy. Think Like a Baby Look at anything that exists from your knees down. Your baby will eventually be crawling and getting into mischief. Anything floor level is their domain. Prevent injuries by using top baby safety products in the home. Outlet plugs are one of the best safety devices available to parents. They're inexpensive and prevent your child from sticking anything into a live outlet. Consider the sharp corners of your table or its stack of books. These can easily fall onto a baby with one quick motion. You can make the corners safe with table bumpers. Put all breakable or harmful objects out of baby's reach. This includes anything electric, such as a curling iron or hair dryer. Babies can suffocate easily on a plastic bag, so throw away or safely store any shopping and dry cleaning bags. Use a cord shortener to secure away any long dangling cords from baby's reach. Consider all of your home's windows. Be sure you don't have any furniture nearby that your baby may be able to climb onto and use to reach a window. Be sure blinds' cords are secure. To do this, you can use a product like window blind cord wrap ups. When baby proofing, you want to get physician-recommended items for your home. You do not have to cover every surface with soft fabric, but you should try to make your home as safe as possible, without going overboard. Some top baby safety products you should consider include cabinet locks and drawer latches, to prevent your baby from either getting trapped in one of these spots or accessing harmful products. Look At Every Room in the House You may keep the bathroom door closed, but baby might still wander in one day. Minimize accident risk with toilet locks and be sure never to leave standing water in a tub, baby bath or bucket. Be sure you have a thermometer handy to tell the temperature of the water, such as a Safety 1st First Bath Pal Thermometer. Put away all toiletries and soaps in the bathroom out of harm's way. You need to look at the nursery carefully. You may have your heart set on an adorable crib set with all the pieces, but strip your baby's bed of everything but a mattress and sheets. Bumpers and pillows can cause suffocation and increase risk of SIDS. Purchase baby items such as high chairs, etc, with straps to secure your baby well when in use. For the kitchen, make sure your oven door is locked and place all harmful cleaning products and household chemicals in an area your baby is unable to access. Avoid using magnets, particularly small ones, because they pose a choking hazard. Keep any pest traps out of sight in places behind refrigerators, etc, where your child is unable to grab them. Baby proofing can be easy and quick with a minimal cost. Be sure you are up to date with your fire safety procedures as well with a smoke detector and extinguisher in the house. Start preparing your house as soon as possible, and ask your doctor or local parenting group for anything you might miss. You're never fully prepared to be a parent, but you can prep your house in no time.

 


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