7 Ways to Baby-Proof Your Home
Your most important duty is ensuring the safety and welfare of your children. Many new parents, however, don’t know where to start in protecting their kids from dangers when they start scooting, crawling and walking around the house.
Begin by considering what a child of a given age can do and where that baby or toddler can go in your home, then address potential risks as early as needed. Following these 7 tips will give you peace of mind about the safety of your mobile little bundle. Going the extra mile for your child is worth every effort.
Cover up electric outlets and cords
Many electrical outlets are located at just the right height for a curious infant or toddler to reach out and touch. Plug unused outlets with removable plastic caps and tie up loose electrical cords. Also do what you can to tape down or cover electrical cords with furniture, rugs or carpets.
Bolt heavy furniture into place
A falling object that may not pose serious danger to an adult could cause significant harm to a young child. Any furniture that could topple onto an infant or toddler should be bolted to the floor or wall.
Install moveable gates
Not letting young children wander too far from a certain area of the house is a good move. Placing portable gates in doorways keeps kids from straying where you don’t want them to go. Make sure each baby gate is high enough that your child can’t climb over it.
Shorten pull strings for blinds and curtains
Children caught by pull strings can strangle easily. Make sure every cord for opening and closing blinds or curtains are out of reach for children younger than 36 months. You can do this by cutting a long cord short or tying it up at a higher spot.
Install window, cabinet door and toilet lid locks
Infants and toddlers should keep their hands out of many places. Install safety locks on cabinets, windows and toilet lids to help children avoid dangers.
Put poisonous materials in safe places
We all use products that are hazardous to children. Cleaners, over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs, and all products containing poisons should be kept away from kids. Installing cabinet locks and storing such items too high for children to reach helps ensure kids don’t have access to things that can harm them when swallowed or gotten on the skin.
The first and last defense in keeping infants and toddlers safe is knowing where they are and what they’re doing. Monitor your child’s actions and whereabouts. Make being mindful of your young child a priority for maintaining a safe home.