A Quick Safety Checklist to Baby Proof Your Home

Baby proofing your home has two fold benefits.  Not only do you keep your child safe, but you also are able to keep your valuables from becoming destroyed in the process of raising children.  Experts agree that the best way to child proof is from a child’s perspective which means getting down on your hands and knees and curiously inspecting your home.

The first year is filled with rapid transformation. In the beginning an infant stays exactly where you leave it but in just a few short months the physical limitations will be lifted and they will be exploring everything in your home.  As you look around your home, imagine the large book cases or TV entertainment center being climbed by a two year old.  Consider everything in your home from your child’s current and future point of view.  At this angle you will be able to easily focus on the exact things that need child proofing.

A Few Short Child Safety Tips to Make your Home Baby Proofed!

The nursery is just one of the places where your baby will spend a lot of time.  There are pretty simple rules pertaining to the nursery and if followed, they will make it not only a fun place to play and sleep in, but a safe place as well!  Here are tips to baby proof the Nursery :

  1. Slats on cribs should be no more than 6cm apart to avoid entrapment
  2. Soft bedding, pillows, stuffed animals, heavy covers and comforters pose serious risk of suffocation…keep them out of the crib
  3. Always place your baby on his back to sleep
  4. Mobiles should only be used in the beginning, once baby can reach toward them they need to be moved or removed
  5. Never leave diapering supplies or toiletries where your baby can reach them and accidentally ingest them
  6. Never place a crib near a window or other piece of furniture

Research Suggests That The Kitchen Is Undoubtedly The Most Dangerous Place In The Home

A few quick hints followed can become routine in no time and save your child from being seriously injured.

  1. Cleaning products should be stored in a high cabinet.  If you must store them under the sink use child proof locks.
  2. Arm your kitchen drawers with drawer stops.
  3. Get used to facing pot handles backwards so a reaching toddler cant accidentally pull them off the stove
  4. Heat babies bottle in something other than the microwave to ensure that scald spots in the milk don’t exist.
  5. Highchairs need to be used on clean; flat surfaces and a baby or toddler should always be strapped in.
  6. Maintain a fire extinguisher in your kitchen in case a stove fire breaks out
  7. Store sharp objects and breakable ware in a place that your baby or toddler cannot reach

Remember – As Your Child Grows So Should Your Baby Proofing Skills

Baby proofing your home will be ongoing and just as soon as you think you have it covered, your child will wittingly unveil his newest abilities.  Remain patient, diligent in your practices and always aware of your changing surroundings.  The best defense when babyproofing your home is to take safety seriously and remain committed to keeping an eye for any potentials safety hazard.

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