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Welcoming your new baby to your family is one of the most special moments in your life. As the baby starts to grow and move it is critical to baby proof your home to keep your little one safe.
Here are the places you need to baby proof your home:
Baby proof In the kitchen:
Cupboard and drawer locks –
The cupboard under the sink containing our cleaning products and dishwasher detergent can be hazardous since kids can easily reach them and some varieties (especially, the dishwasher pods) can be easily mistaken as candy. Make sure to keep this cabinet locked with cabinet locks like these or move them to a higher cupboard.
Always keep your dishwashers closed in order to prevent your child from getting to your knives, pots, and utensils. As they get bigger it is easy for them to also tip the dishwasher or break the door off.
Make sure appliances are properly secured so that they don’t tip over and injure your children. You should always unplug your small electrical appliances (toaster, blender, food processor, etc.) when they aren’t in use.
Take care when cooking –
If you happen to be cooking and carrying your baby with you, don’t use grease or fry foods which could pop on the baby and burn them.
Plastic bags –
Keep plastic bags out of reach at all times. Plastic shouldn’t be lying around the house since they could suffocate your child.
Fire extinguishers –
Put a fire extinguisher in your kitchen or on each level of your home. Make sure to read the instructions ahead of time so you will know how to operate it if the need arises.
Trash Cans –
Put a lid on your trash cans and keep recycling items out of your child’s reach. There could be a variety of objects inside which could attract your children but could be harmful.
We eventually bought this exact trash can that has a locking lid after my little boy threw away our car keys and we didn’t notice until after garbage day (eeek!).
Always strap in your kids when using the highchair and keep an eye on them. Kids are insanely squirmy and even though it takes a few extra seconds it will keep your baby safe.
Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors –
You should have one of these monitors at least on every level of your home. Test them monthly and change the batteries yearly.
Baby proof in the living room:
Keep the cables away from the baby’s reach and place it in a position that makes it hard for your baby to knock it over. You can also strap your television to secure it safely.
Blinds and windows –
Make sure your blinds adhere to modern safety standards and no chords are dangling that your child can get to. Babies can get tangled in the chords and potentially be strangled.
If you have large furniture like shelves, make sure they are strapped and bolted securely to the wall so that your baby can’t pull them or topple them over.
Sharp corners –
Use corner cushions on your tables and others in order to prevent your children from getting hurt. When babies learn to pull themselves up and start walking they fall all.the.time. And it seems like they always seem to crash in the worst spot. Using something like this to cover your corners can prevent them splitting their head open.
Move your décor around and rearrange them to keep them from your baby’s reach. This is especially important for any small items like marbles, potpourri, or other items small enough for them to put in their mouth and choke on.
Put baby gates at the top and bottom of the stairs and make sure they are mounted to the wall.
Keep your baby from reaching the hot surfaces by putting a gate around your fireplace. Many fireplaces also are made of rock or stone which can do some major damage if your little one crashes into it.
Baby proof In the bathroom:
Toilet seat clip –
This stops your child from lifting the seat up and accidentally falling in or getting their fingers smashed.
Tap cover –
We love this little blue whale bath faucet cover. As your kiddo gets bigger and plays more in the bath you may want this to prevent them from bonking their head on the faucet.
Bath thermometer –
Before putting your baby in the tub, check the water’s temperature and make sure it is a comfortable temperature. You can use a simple bath thermometer like this one to make sure it is a safe temperature for your baby. Sharp and hot items –
Razors, nail clippers, and other sharp objects should be locked up and kept away properly. Blow dryers, hair straighteners, and curling irons should be unplugged after use and stored securely. Don’t keep anything plugged near the tub or sink.
Medications and cosmetics –
Keep all vitamins, supplements, and prescription drugs locked up or in your medicine cabinet where they can’t reach.
Power outlets –
This applies to all of the outlets in the house, not just the bathroom. Cover over all outlets with these outlet plugs and also check if they are using a GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter) that will shut off in case there is a shortage.
Buy a few packs of these and start covering every plug now. You want to do it now, not when they crawl for the first time and make it over near the outlet on the wall.
Baby proofing can seem scary, but it is important to do. Take the necessary precautions and then try not to worry!
What have been your favorite items you’ve used to baby proof your home?