Baby Proofing requires attention to detail. Children love to explore and discover new things. Unfortunately, a lot of things babies are curious about can hurt them.
It is important to anticipate this danger and plan accordingly before babies can move around on their own. Take note of the important hazards that should be addressed for the safety of your baby.
1. Hide Hazardous Chemicals
Babies, unfortunately, don’t know the difference between substances we can eat and drink and substances we can’t. Hiding these dangerous substances or placing them out of reach means you don’t have to worry about your baby accidentally ingesting them as they are exploring.
2. Cover Outlets and Appliances
Covering outlets may seem like a no-brainer. Babies love to touch the dangerous holes in the wall. And parents need to protect their tiny fingers. You should also cover knobs on your stove and only use back burners when cooking. If you have a lot of loose kitchen appliances, it may be a good idea to place them way up high so babies can’t reach, so remove them from countertops.
3. Use a Small Object Tester
Experts say that using a toilet paper roll to test small objects to see if they are choking hazards is a good idea. If an object can fit into the toilet paper roll, it needs to be kept out of the baby’s reach. Any space that the baby uses should be free of minor choking hazards, including the car.
4. Create a Contained Area for Playing
At some point, a parent is going to have to do something besides watch their child like a hawk. Activities like chores and cooking will have to be done at some point. Creating a soft area such as a playpen or blanketed section of a room is a perfect way to keep babies in one place while you do other things.
5. Get Rid of Dangerous Blinds
Parents sometimes forget that kids can reach chords attached to blinds or climb on furniture to get to them. These chords are a choking hazard and should be removed before they become a problem. There are safety devices to tuck away cords or ropes if they must be kept.
6. Cover Edges and Gate the Stairs
Gates and bumpers are probably the most important and common safety precautions that parents take. While babies are zooming around, they rarely consider the sharp edges they can bump into or the stairs they can fall on. It’s important to cordon off the stairs and round the edges in their paths.
While you cannot remove all danger from your baby’s life, this list is a great start to making your environment safer.
Written by: Gabrielle Goldson
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