Getting ready to welcome a new baby into your home isn’t easy. You’ll have a lot to do when it comes to building a nursery and keeping your baby comfortable. While most people focus on the nursery, it is important to baby proof all areas of your home as quickly as possible. Children grow at an astonishing rate and some may start crawling within a few months. Baby proofing early means you are prepared for the future.
Baby proofing the house can seem like a very tedious task. You need to think of everything a baby could possibly get in to, from small choking hazards to kitchen cabinets. Here are just a few tips for making your home safe for your baby.
You should take precautions in any room of the house that could become slippery. Tile near kitchen sinks or bathtubs should be covered with a non-slip mat. Even though your baby isn’t running through the house just yet, the last thing you want to be doing is holding them when you fall!
If your whole home has slippery vinyl or tile flooring, you may want to consider upgrading some areas to hardwood or carpet. This can make your home a lot safer, especially when your baby starts walking. If an upgrade isn’t practical, invest in large plush rugs for the nursery and living room.
Young children don’t understand a toilet’s function and have no problems with playing in it. A simple locking mechanism makes the toilet easy for adults to use, but prevents your baby from opening the lid. This can help prevent a lot of accidents and exposure to unsanitary water. Even toilets that are cleaned regularly pose threats to babies!
If an electrical outlet isn’t being used, it needs to be covered. This is true not only for the nursery, but every room of the house. There is always a chance that your baby will be in the room. Sticking toys or fingers in sockets can be incredibly dangerous. Invest in small plastic covers that can easily be removed. If you don’t have to leave something plugged in, you should unplug it after use and wrap up the cord. Use ties to keep the cord neat and prevent choking.
Cleaning can prevent a lot of issues within the home, but bottles of chemicals can be a big hazard for babies. Young toddlers may mistake colorful chemicals for juice and young babies may simply knock over the bottles. Your baby should never be able to access these chemicals. Aside from using gentler cleaning solutions, you should find a higher cabinet to store supplies. If you cannot store cleaning supplies in a high-up space, invest in a good cabinet lock to ensure baby stays out!
Cords and Strings
Cords are a choking hazard for curious babies and they are everywhere in the home. From the curling iron in the bathroom to the blinds in the living room, each one of these cords poses a potential threat. It doesn’t mean you can never use anything with a cord again, it just means you need to take precautions:
- Watch items that are plugged in, never leave your baby alone with them.
- Tape up cords that cannot be removed from an area.
- Switch to cord-free window treatments.
If you are using a hazardous item, such as a clothing iron, never leave your baby unsupervised in the room. Even if you think you baby can’t play with the item, you shouldn’t take any chances.
Secure Heavy Furniture
While your baby isn’t going to rearrange your furniture when you aren’t looking, they are going to play with everything they can get their hands on. The last thing you want is for your curious baby to get traumatized or hurt by having a shelf fall on them. Securing furniture to the wall makes it harder to move and adds additional support.
In addition, you should dedicate some easy-to-reach areas for your baby. Keeping kid-friendly books on the lower shelves of a bookcase, for example, can attract them to certain areas. This means they aren’t getting into your things on the upper shelves as often.
Hampers and Trash Cans
Anything that your baby can crawl into or knock over easily should have a lid. While garbage may be worse than soft clothing, keep in mind that dirty clothes can be a sanitary concern. You don’t want your baby to get sick because they were exposed to soiled clothing or dirty cleaning rags. Keep all hampers, trash cans, and similar storage areas covered with a locking lid just to be on the safe side!
Baby proofing a house takes a lot of effort, but it can be done in an afternoon. It requires very little work to keep the house safe for your baby once everything is installed. Creating a safe space from the moment of arrival is recommended, as it allows you to focus more on your baby. Keep reading my blog for more great tips on baby safety.