Caring for a newborn is an exciting and challenging time for parents. Babyproofing your home may feel like a never-ending task because your child is constantly growing. Here are a few tips and tricks to make sure your home is safe for your baby.
Make sure you have basic safety essentials in the house. As a parent, keeping a well-stocked first aid kit becomes even more important. Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the home. Do monthly checks to make sure they are functioning. Have a fire extinguisher on every floor of your home and learn how to use it.
Babyproofing Your Home: Nursery
Choose a crib that has no space between the frame and the mattress. The crib slats should not be more than 6 centimeters apart. Make sure all screws and bolts are tight. Keep toys and pillows out of the crib.
Make the nursery safer by having a thick, padded carpet to minimize the impact of falls. Place the crib far from the windows, doors, wall decorations, and any cords. Nurseries and playrooms should be babyproofed, with finger guards for door hinges, electrical outlet covers, and table corner pads.
Unplug all electronic devices if they are not in use. Keep covers over the electrical outlets. Make sure all power cords are out of the reach of children. Install furniture braces to attach heavy cabinets, bookshelves, and TV stands to the walls.
Use gates around the stairs and entryways to restrict a toddler from entering potentially dangerous areas. Install doorknob covers and cabinet latches for toddlers who have learned to open doors.
Make sure the water heater has the regulator set to below 120 degrees to prevent scalding. Use a thermometer to measure the temperature of the baby’s bathwater.
Laundry products, cleaning chemicals, and medicine should be kept out of the reach of children. All medicine should be placed in a locked cabinet. Cosmetics and shampoos should be stored away safely.
Babyproof the bathrooms by using toilet locks and cabinet latches. Never leave your child unattended in the bathroom.
Babyproofing Your Home: Safety in the Kitchen
Cabinet locks are also important in the kitchen. Keep babies out of cabinets and drawers. Sharp objects, cleaning soaps, and chemicals should be stored in locked cabinets that children cannot access.
Your babyproofing efforts will evolve as your child grows older. It is important to take these steps to make your home safe before bringing your infant home.