Bringing a new baby home is an exciting time for new parents. Before bringing your new bundle of joy home, it is imperative that you make sure your home is baby-proofed. This means taking all steps necessary to make your home a safe environment for the little one.
We have compiled a list of tips for you to take into consideration to help make your home a safe and secure environment for your whole family.
You can’t curb a baby’s curiosity. Their little fingers are eager to pick and prod at everything and anything. Electrical sockets are especially dangerous and the fact that they are situated so close to the ground makes them an even bigger hazard.
Cover all electric sockets in your home with guards to prevent your little one from getting shocked.
As soon as they’re able, you can expect your toddler to be crawling, rolling, and attempting to walk all over the house. Safety Gates should be put up so that they don’t fall down any stairs or wander into rooms which they aren’t supposed to go into.
You can never be too careful when it comes to babies. Get extra Motion Detectors installed in your baby’s room, especially if that’s the room your baby will sleep in at night. You don’t want any intruders breaking into your home and going straight for the nursery or anyone breaking into your home from that room in the house.
You can’t realistically be physically watching over your baby 24/7. A baby monitor is an excellent device which allows you to do all the extra work you have to do while keeping an extra set of eyes and ears on your baby.
Some cabinets may contain things which are dangerous for babies. Some may even contain heavy items which could fall on the baby if jerked open. To prevent any injuries from taking place, childproof all cabinets and doors in your home so your baby can’t open what they shouldn’t.
Just as with baby monitors, video surveillance allows you to always have an extra set of eyes on your baby. Say you need to take out the laundry and your baby is playing in the living room; video surveillance lets you bustle about and get your work done while keeping an eye on the baby.
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Any amount of standing water is a drowning hazard for babies. Block access to everything that contains water in your home, even if it may seem like a small amount of water to you.
Once your baby is able to grasp things and begins to understand how a door or a window can be opened, they could seriously injure themselves. An open window is especially hazardous because your baby could attempt to crawl out of it and fall. An open door could lead to your baby wobbling out into the middle of the road. For these reasons, it is absolutely essential that you place extra locks and guards on all windows and doors.
If there are lots of wires hanging around your house, your baby could get tangled up in them or even choke. Keep all wires organized and out of reach to prevent any injuries.
While your baby is busy exploring and playing, they’re not going to be paying attention to what’s lying around and could potentially hurt them. Unless of course, they pick up something dangerous to play with. Make a conscious effort to clear up all the clutter in your home and keep it clean. That way you reduce the risk of your baby playing with things that could hurt them, or tripping and falling over anything lying around.
Before you bring your new baby home, take some time to consider the steps above and implement as many of them as possible. It is important to do everything you can to minimize the risk of any harm befalling your toddler.