Your baby gets more curious when they grow up, and there’s little you can do about it because it’s part of their learning. However, keeping them safe from potential dangers around the house is a parent’s responsibility.
Baby-proofing your house can be done in a couple of ways that we’ll discuss below. After all, we care about your baby’s safety.
Turn Your Home into a Safe Space for Baby
1. Keep the nursery safe. You should make the baby space not only comfortable but safe for your baby. Here are some specific tips:
- Choose your crib and crib material wisely. By having a more comfortable mattress and crib for your baby, you can reduce the likelihood of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) for your child.
- Choose safe baby gear. Baby play mats are great additions but make sure they are safe (i.e. non-slip and have safe material for your baby).
- Consider a shorter mobile. The string could be a choking hazard for them if they accidentally reach for it.
- Use a safety strap for a changing table. This can help secure your baby from accidents such as a possible fall.
2. Baby-proof the bathroom. The bathroom is truly an accident-prone area of the house. Here are ways you can minimize it for your baby:
- Keep all grooming products away. Items such as razors, hairdryers, and even soaps and body washes that aren’t meant for babies could pose a risk for your little one if they reach for it.
- Make sure the water isn’t too hot. A baby’s skin is very sensitive so it should be just around 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Keep all medicines away. Make sure that a medicine cabinet is beyond your child’s reach so that they won’t be able to play with them.
- Lock the toilet. Curious babies could fall into the toilet if they still haven’t been potty-trained.
3. Keep the kitchen safe. The kitchen is yet another place at home with potential hazards, so you may want to do the following:
- Put all sharp objects away. Items such as scissors, knives, utensils, and the like should be kept in a covered container so that your little one won’t be able to reach it.
- Household chemicals are a no-no. Most cleaning supplies are kept underneath the kitchen sink within a cabinet. Make sure you lock up that cabinet to keep these household chemicals out of reach.
- Secure heavy and dangerous appliances. If you have a dishwasher, an oven, a microwave, a coffee maker, and such, it’s important to keep them secure to avoid potential injuries or use their child-lock feature.
Avoid Potential Dangers for Baby
1. Keep choking hazards at bay. It’s important to know the different items around your house that could be a potential choking hazard for your little one, regardless of age. Babies can get curious and once they do, they might be in danger.
2. Learn about product recalls. Product recalls tell you that a toy or baby item holds potential dangers (such as physical dangers or chemical substances) so they need to be recalled. If you spot items that have been recalled then that baby shouldn’t get a hold of it.
3. Always watch over your baby. Although this is an obvious one, if you can’t be with your baby all the time then having someone else take care of your baby is a must. Or, you can also use a baby camera to monitor your little one’s movements.
To wrap it up, there are many ways you can keep your baby safe at home. It’s just a matter of observing your surroundings, considering the different possibilities, and choosing the right baby items and gear. We hope these tips helped you in keeping your baby’s home environment safe and sound!