Home Checklist for Baby Proofing

Babies are wonderful but you need to protect them as much as possible. This means taking the time to get down on the floor and look around to see what baby can possibly get into. Do this before the baby is born so you are well prepared when baby starts to move around. Look around each room and examine it for anything sharp, hot, small, toxic or dangling. These are the things you want to pay attention to:

Dangling Electrical Cords, Curtains or Blinds

Any dangling electrical cords, curtains, blind cords or tablecloths can strangle a baby or cause something hot or heavy to be dropped upon the baby. Put these things up or tape them down.

Toxic Substances & Cleaning Supplies Are A Child Safety Hazard

Get rid of any toxic substances, cleaning supplies or medications and plants that can be dangerous. Put them up or take them out to the garage. Call the extension office in your local area to find out which plants are the most toxic.

The crib slats should be no further than 2 3/8 apart from one another. Make sure the mattress is tight but not too tight, as it can buckle. Remove fluffy toys, pillows and blankets from the crib.

Get rid of any objects that are small enough for the baby to put in its mouth. Repair or remove any wobbly furniture.

When the Baby Comes Home

Don’t smoke in front of the baby as the tobacco is poisonous and you could easily burn your child on a lighter or cigarette. Keep away any foods that a child could choke on, such as popcorn, peanuts, grapes, raisins, hard candy and hot dog pieces. Wait until the child is 2 before introducing these foods. Don’t have the child suck on any foods while on their back.

Baby proofing can be hard to do but is necessary for the safety of the baby. Make some kind of list of things you need to change in your house so that baby is safe and sound throughout his first years of life.

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