New Arrival on the Way? Tips for Babyproofing Your Home
19 Jun 2019
Are you expecting a bouncing bundle of joy, but aren’t sure where to start on babyproofing your home? We’ve compiled a list of tips for prepping your home for a new baby that will help to alleviate some stress and keep your priorities in order.
Prepping Your Home for A New Baby
Your new home probably already feels welcoming to you and your friends, but it’s a different task to ensure your home is safe for a new baby. Take a look at any items in your home which aren’t secured– decorations, lamps, or furniture can be easily tied down to reduce the risk of your baby knocking them over.
You can also try babyproofing your doors by using door bumpers which help protect tiny fingers from the hazard of being squished on accident. They also make bumpers for sharp corners of cabinets, tables and more to keep a clumsy child from bumping into things that could hurt them.
Child-Proofing Your New Home Room by Room
Once your baby is crawling, it might be a good idea to take a look at your home room by room to be sure any hazards have been removed. We all think about the places the baby will be– the kitchen, the nursery and the living room, but here are some other places to be sure to babyproof before the little tike is trotting around:
It’s very important to keep an eye on your baby when the fireplace is in use, but also when they’re free to roam. Removing any potentially dangerous objects like a blow poke, lighter or other heavy objects that could fall over easily is a good idea before letting your baby freely roam your home.
This is one place where babies can have easy access to knives and other sharp objects. Dish detergents can also be harmful to infants and due to their corrosive nature can burn the lining of the mouth and esophagus if swallowed. It’s a good idea to make a rule about keeping the dishwasher closed.
3. You or Your Friend’s Purse
You may feel confident that you’ve removed any choking hazards from the general vicinity, but a baby’s curious nature can get them into trouble. Be sure to ask your guests to store their bags or purses in an area the baby can’t reach to reduce the risk of them finding an object that could be a choking hazard. This is one tip for babyproofing you’ll be glad you considered.
Babyproofing Your Home Doesn’t Have to be Hard
Prepping your home for a baby doesn’t have to take up all of your time, it’s really about considering the effects of your actions consistently. Once you’re in the right mindset, it’s easy to realize that you shouldn’t leave this here or that you should close that door.
If you have children already in your home, it’s important to also teach them about the importance of prepping areas for the baby and being mindful of what they leave behind. It takes a family effort to remove hazards, but bumps and bruises are bound to happen.
Need more tips? Check out this list of child-proofing must-haves from Parents magazine.
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