If you’re expecting a baby, especially if it’s your first child, you may be concerned about getting your house ready. It’s a good idea to begin to babyproof your home a few months before the due date. Expect to make adjustments as your child learns and grows. Babyproofing is an ongoing task.
Babyproof Your Home: the Nursery
After assembling the crib, make sure you don’t store toys or blankets inside. This also applies to quilts, pillows, and stuffed animals which pose a danger to a small infant. Babies can become stuck in even the smallest gaps so be sure that the crib mattress fits snugly. Don’t use a crib bumper. They can restrict airflow, resulting in overheating.
If you have window blinds in the room, keep the cords tied up out of the baby’s reach. Window blind cords are a choking and strangulation hazard.
Babyproofing Your Living Spaces
If you’re uncertain how to babyproof your home, try looking at the environment from a child’s level. From your hands and knees, you’ll be able to identify issues and concerns. Make sure all electrical outlet sockets are covered. You can purchase small plastic inserts for the sockets or choose a lockable cover that even toddlers have a difficult time opening. If you notice cables or power cords, tie them up and out of the way. The lamp cord may be tugged by a curious baby, causing the lamp to topple over. Cords also pose a tripping hazard when the baby begins to crawl and walk.
Look for sharp edges and corners on furniture, doorways, and the fireplace. Purchase corner protectors and bumpers to cover these edges. Also, look for small items that are choking hazards. Examples include batteries, magnets, coins, and jewelry. Anything small enough to be swallowed should be kept out of the baby’s reach.
Use Cabinet Locks
Move any dangerous chemicals or cleaning products to a high shelf. If this is not an option, purchase cabinet locks designed to keep small children out of cupboards. Use locks anywhere hazardous materials are stored. Cleaners, paints, and cosmetics pose a threat to a small child who may be tempted to taste them. Add locks to the medicine cabinet and any drawer where kitchen knives or utensils are stored.
Install Gates to Babyproof Your Home
Especially once they are crawling, babies love to explore. This staircase is a dangerous place for a curious child. Install a baby gate at the top and the bottom of the stairs. Make sure the gate is securely installed because when baby learns when baby is learning to walk, he or she will use the gate to pull up into a standing position.
Babyproofing does not have to be difficult. Plan ahead and be prepared to make changes as your child develops.