Whether your baby is the size of a grape or a full-grown adult, their health and safety preoccupy your every thought.
Creating a safe environment at home is the first step to protecting your young one. With so many gadgets and gizmos out there, where do you begin? Before your tot turns into a walking and talking toddler, rest assured that each room in your house is safe and secure.
Follow these top tips to quickly baby proof your home.
Once nap schedules are set, and your baby is sleeping through the night, chances are they’ll be spending the majority of their time in the nursery. So, it makes sense that this is number one on the list of places to baby proof.
Speaking of sleep, let’s talk about beds. Use these recommendations to quickly baby proof the crib:
Select a sturdy crib without a drop-down side to avoid little fingers and toes being caught.
Choose a suitably-sized mattress with less than 2 inches of space between it and the crib wall.
Cover the mattress with light-weight and tight-fitted bedding to keep your baby warm without overheating.
Place the crib away from cords, lights, and cabinets to improve sleep and escape danger.
The nursery is also where you’ll have fun with your youngster, which means toys and books are must-haves. Store books high out of reach. Not only will baby not be able to reach them, it’ll also keep the room nice and neat.
Similar goes for their trinkets. Place age-appropriate trains and stuffed toys inside a chest with a spring-loaded lid. Tots can access toys without accidental finger sprains.
Play or put the baby down for a nap without nightmares of injury.
If your baby is anything like my youngest, bath time is the best time! Rubber duckies and splashes are tons of fun, but safety is number one.
While in the bathtub, keep baby happy by preventing any harmful head wounds. Insert a well-gripped non-slip mat on the bottom and beside of the bath. Also, add a fun faucet cover that protects your crawlers cranium.
Outside of tub-time, it’s important to keep harmful products, medications, and appliances far from reach. Here’s how to keep non-baby friendly items out of harm's way:
Secure flat irons and curling rods inside heat-proof sleeves.
Place cleaning products in a cabinet & install a lock to halt access.
Station a toilet lock tightly.
If you don’t have a medicine cabinet, invest in a lockable safe to store medications and supplements.
Keep rubber ducky and your darling bundle safe all bath time long.
I’m no culinary craftswomen, so my fingers have seen the dangers of a kitchen knife. Fortunately, I set up a kid-proof gallery to avoid the same from happening to my kiddos.
There are three main areas of concern in the cooking-area: appliances, utensils, and cleaning agents. Let’s dive a little deeper into how to baby proof each area.
To protect small hands from open flames and hot-appliances, here’s what you need to do:
When cooking, use the back two burners and face pot handles inwards.
Keep heat tightly trapped by fastening a lock or strap onto the oven handle.
Move toasters and blenders out of reach by pushing sharp and hot appliances into far corners of countertops.
The same does not go for knives and other unblunted utensils. Sharp cooking equipment must be kept behind a locked cabinet or drawer to keep fingers and toes intact.
It’s recommended that parents do the same for cleaning products. Store toxic cleaners up high or within a locked cupboard. When it comes to the kitchen, if you question its safety, keep it locked, strapped, or hidden.
Pets & Plants
Animals and annuals are additional family members to some, and although it’s important to keep them healthy and strong, it’s even more important to ensure they don’t affect the safety of your infant.
Keep critters and crawlers free from harm by following these steps:
Introduce animals to the baby first by allowing them to smell and cuddle with a piece of their clothing. Put a used baby blanket in your pet’s bed to familiarize them with what’s to come.
Trim claws and nails on a regular basis to sidestep scratching incidents.
Store pet food in a tightly sealed container until feeding time, so your baby doesn’t snack on their kibbles and bits.
Lead by example to show your child the right way to touch and cuddle Mr. Twinkles.
Although plants and pets are very different, it’s equally important to keep them both secure. Some flower food contains poisonous chemicals, so evade little humans eating it by clearing the floor. Instead, place pots up high or display flowers in hanging baskets.
In sight, but out of mind.
Throughout the House
To wrap things up, there are general rules to follow to baby proof your whole home.
Here are guidelines you can follow to secure every room:
Windows: Use window guards to prevent any pre-teen escapes, install cordless window treatments, and/or tuck blind cords above the window.
Stairs: Dodge a tot tumble by setting up safety gates, and lay carpet runners down the steps to reduce damage if a tumble occurs.
Outlets: As a real estate agent I take note of outlet styles so my clients know if their house has tamper-resistant receptacles or not. If it doesn’t, I suggest placing outlet covers or shields over every reachable receptacle.
Doors: If you have a pool, tool-shed or balcony, invest in doorknob covers. Also, don’t forget to insert door stoppers to prevent digit dings.
I can remember being a first-time mother, laying in bed unable to sleep and thinking about all of the ways my new baby could get hurt. The pregnancy discomforts were nothing compared to the drama happening in my mind.
Luckily, I did my research on how to best baby proof your home and avoided all of the worst case scenarios I dreamt up. Now it’s time for you to do the same.