Tips to Baby Proof Your Home and Make It Safe for Your Baby

If you recall, everyone warns you that having a baby completely changes your life. Out of the many things that change when you have a baby, your home is also one thing that goes through a drastic change. If you have no idea as to where to start, don’t worry. There’s no hardcore theory and not everyone enters parenthood knowing everything about babies and baby proofing. When your baby starts crawling, standing, walking, he/she is reaching a new milestone altogether. At such points, you would definitely not want your baby to get hurt and that’s why baby proofing your home becomes necessary.

Take a look at the various ways in which you can baby proof your room, even before your little munchkin arrives and keeps your little one away from harm’s eyes.

First Stop: – Living Area

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Apart from the bedroom, this is one other place where the apple of your eye is going to spend the maximum amount of time. So, this is one of the main areas that houses a lot of furnitures, electrical sockets, etc. and needs baby proofing.

  • One of the biggest dangers for babies comes in the form of living room furniture. Make sure to add cushioned corner guards to the furniture that have sharp-cornered surfaces.
  • Babies are curious, so there would be a lot of times when they would want to climb atop a furniture. Don’t have any furniture close to the living room windows.
  • Install a safety gate at the bottom and top of the stairs to keep your baby safe.
  • Replace all the sockets with childproof sockets and unplugstraighteners and hairdryers and keep them away from their reach.
  • Check your floor for small objects like safety pins, buttons, coins that a baby can swallow and tie up any electrical cords that can be harmful to babies.

 Second Stop: – Kitchen Area

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It so happens that at times you tend to bring your baby into the kitchen to finish off some work and the kitchen is one such place where a maximum number of appliances are used. So, you want to make sure that even if you turn your back for a second, your baby doesn’t get into any trouble.

  • If your kitchen houses detergents and cleaning supplies in the lower cabinets, make sure to move them to the upper ones ensuring that your child doesn’t get to them. The lower cabinets can have plastic containers, pans, etc.
  • Don’t leave insect traps, sprays or mosquito repellent in places where your baby can reach easily.
  • Make sure you keep your oven locked. Get stove-knob covers to prevent babies from turning on the burners and turn the handles of pots and pans towards the back of your stove.
  • Keep glassware out of reach and unplug small appliances like toasters, mixers when not in use and tie up the cords. Move sharp objects like knives, peelers to higher drawers. Remove fridge magnets because if they fall down, your baby might try and swallow them.

Third Stop: – Bathroom Area

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This is one place where you should never leave your baby alone, as even a few seconds here and there can be crucial.

  • Make sure you don’t leave water stored in the bathtub, sink or bucket. Babies can drown in a few inches of water.
  • Adjust the water temperature to prevent the water from steaming and insert toilet lid locks.
  • Keep medications, cosmetics, razors away from your baby’s reach and placed them on a high shelf that’s locked.

Last Stop: – Nursery

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When you’re setting up your baby’s room, you might have done baby proofing, but double check to see if everything’s in place and everything’s safe before your baby makes his/her debut into their new room.

  • When you’re setting up the baby’s crib, make sure that the crib meets the current safety standards and don’t use decade old cribs that might be damaged. Don’t place the crib near windows.
  • Have a thick cushion or carpet to prevent your baby from falling on a hard surface.
  • Make sure to cut blind cords to avoid strangulation and remove mobiles and other toys that might cause harm.
  • Remove blankets, pillows and stuffed toys that can suffocate your baby.
  • Get finger pinch guards for the hinges on doors and keep toy batteries away.

 

Go through all these points and make your home a safety haven for your baby.

 

 

 

 

 

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