Room By Room Tips for Childproofing Your Home

Babies live in a dangerous environment and it is up to parents to make it safe. What kinds of things do you need to do to make your house a safe haven for your child to grow and play in? By using these common sense and simple tools, you can childproof your home for baby on a room-by-room basis. It’s important to do this as soon as the baby is born.





Childproofing The Nursery

1. Cribs must now comply with special safety standards as provided by the American Society for Testing and Material. The standards state that the slats of the crib must be no wider than 2 3/8 inches wide and the mattress must fit tightly within the crib so that no more than a finger can be passed between the slats and the mattress. There should be no decorative cut out items for the baby to stick its head through as it gets old enough to stand up. Clothing can get caught on elevated corner posts so those should not be used.

2. The bedding on the crib may or may not utilize bumpers but they should be removed when the baby is old enough to stand on them. Some experts feel they cause a risk of suffocation. Make sure that soft blankets, pillows or toys are removed from the crib as baby can suffocate on them.

3. Have a sturdy changing table that also has two inch guardrails on all sides and a safety belt to hold baby in place.

4. Keep the changing table and crib away from windows that have cords dangling from the drapes or blinds as these present choking and strangulation hazards.

Bathroom Child Safety Tips

1. Never leave baby or a toddler alone in the bathtub. Use non-stick pads or runners on the bottom of the tub to prevent slippage of the baby in the tub.

2. You should always use safety locks on the toilet so the toilet lid remains closed. This helps prevent drowning injuries in a baby or toddler.

3. Keep all medications, cleaning supplies and other hazards like shavers and blades locked up and out of reach of the baby. Store these things in a locked cabinet if at all possible or use child safety items to keep baby out of these types of cabinets.

The Kitchen

1. You should always use the enclosed safety straps on high chairs to keep baby in place so he or she doesn’t tip the high chair over or slip beneath the high chair tray. Make sure the high chair is sturdy and not wobbly on the ground.

2. Do not microwave your baby’s formula and instead use water in a pan. Microwaves heat formula unevenly and could burn baby.

3. Make sure you have drawer stops and cabinet locks that keep baby from pulling drawers out or getting into something in the cabinets that he or she shouldn’t be into. Keep sharp objects like knives particularly in a locked drawer so baby can’t get into them. Cleaning supplies should be up and out of reach.

Childproofing The Rest of Your House

These are the best guidelines to follow: Keep electrical cords taped to the wall or floor to keep baby from strangling in them. All unused electrical outlets should have a child safety plug in them.

If your home has a lot of area rugs, use rug pads beneath them so baby doesn’t slip when walking across such a rug. Cushion all corners and hard edges of furniture or remove such furniture if cushioning is not possible. Keep bookcases screwed to the wall so they don’t tip over when baby gets old enough to pull him or herself onto them.

Doing these things will not take the place of carefully watching your baby while he or she is wandering about the house but they will help give you some measure of reassurance that baby is as safe as is conceivably possible.

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