When you bring home your newborn, you want to ensure that they will be safe inside of your home. So why not get a head start and get everything ready before the big day comes. Continue reading to learn more about baby-proofing your home.
Baby-Proofing Your Home
Each room in your house is going to have different dangers. That is why, when baby-proofing your home, it is important to go room-to-room and make sure that there is nothing that could harm your newborn when they start to move around.
Most people wouldn’t think that the garage is needed because their baby probably won’t spend much time there. This is true, however, your baby will spend time in the car so it is important to make sure that is safe.
- Car Seat – Install a rear-facing car seat in the back row of your car. You should also get it inspected by a professional too.
- Sun Shades – You can apply these to the back windows of your car to help keep the sun off of the face of your baby
- Cleaners and Tools – If you store cleaning products or tools in the garage, make sure that they are up high and out of reach.
This room is where your baby will likely spend a lot of their time. With that being said, make sure that this room is one of the safest rooms in the house.
- Tables – To baby-proof your tables, all you need to do is place corner guards on each corner. Be sure to keep the table clear as you don’t want anything falling on your baby. For this reason, it is best to avoid table clothes that the could pull down and topple objects onto their heads.
- Television – To ensure that your television does not fall on top of your newborn, you can apply straps to it so that it does not tip over.
- Fireplace – To keep your child from burning themselves or getting dirty on any leftover ash, we suggest you install a hearth guard in front of your fireplace.
The kitchen contains some of the more dangerous things that babies can get into. Here are some things to keep out of their reach.
- Cooking Utensils – Keep these on a high up counter or locked away in a drawer to avoid your child gaining access to them.
- Child-Proof Locks – You can find these online or in a store near you. You can use these to lock up your cleaning products and heavy pots and pans you don’t want your baby getting a hold of.
- Medication and Vitamins – Any medication and vitamin supplements like Prenatal Liquid Vitamin should be kept in a spot where your baby cannot access it.
The bedrooms contain many things from other areas of the house along with a few others. Be sure to check carefully as you might have dangers that others do not. This includes attaching latches to any dressers in the bedroom to prevent them from falling over. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends that all parents check the safety of their child’s crib. Your baby’s crib should have:
- A tight-fitting mattress so your baby cannot get stuck between it and the crib
- No missing screws or improperly installed screws.
- No more than 2 3/8 inches between crib slats. CPSC states that this is about the width of a soda can.
They also go on to remind parents to make sure that the crib is properly assembled and to check for other broken parts.
This room only needs to have a few things because your baby should never be left unsupervised in here. Even if it is only for 10 seconds.
- Safety Latches – These can go on the cabinets in here, along with the toilet too.
- Water Temperature – When bathing your baby you do not want to burn or scald them. To avoid this, set the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees Farenheight.
- Bathing – When bathing your newborn make sure that you are constantly watching them and make sure that you are only bathing them in 2-3 inches of water.
- Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Install carbon monoxide detectors on each floor of your house and making sure that your smoke detectors work to help ensure the safety of everyone in the house.
- Pool – If you have a pool, consider installing a fence around it to keep your infant out.
- Miscellaneous Furniture – This includes lamps, vases and other small objects that are placed on tables. These can easily be knocked over and cause serious damage to your child.
- Cameras & Monitors – You can find baby cameras or a monitor so you can keep an eye on your newborn while they nap in another room.
- Cords & Outlets – You can purchase zip ties or outlet plugs at one of your local stores to keep these from becoming a danger to your child.
Baby-proofing your home may seem like a daunting task and might cost you a little extra money, but in the end, it is worth it to know that you are helping keep your child safe.