Wed 9 September 2020
Infants and toddlers are a bit like puppies. They are curious. They do not have complete control over their bodies when they are still very young, and when they are mobile, watch out! They put things in their mouths and explore everything they can get their hands on. As a new parent, it is your job to minimize the risks around your home, so that your child can play and explore without being harmed … and without destroying the house.
The first step in child protection is to make a checklist of the rooms in your home, garage and outdoor living spaces, to make sure that each area is covered. Then follow these ten steps for maximum safety:
- Get low: A good way to start the process of baby safety for each room is to walk on the floor to experience the room from what will be your child's vantage point. It will help you find not only the obvious dangers but also others that you may have overlooked.
- Lock cabinets and drawers: Buy security locks to secure all drawers or cabinets within your child's reach.
- Cover and secure electronics: Make your electronics as safe as possible by putting cables out of reach and covering everything that is not in use. Buy safety covers for outlets, these are available for both sockets that are used (to prevent the child from pulling out the cords) and those that are not.
- Plants: If you have houseplants, do some research to find out if any of them are toxic if ingested. Keep the plants high and arrange the rest so that your baby is not tempted to pull them down.
- Heavy objects: Look for light or top heavy furniture that a baby can easily overturn and secure those pieces to the wall if possible.
- Stairs and balconies: Staircases can be especially dangerous for toddlers who have just started to cross. Use sturdy gates both at the top and bottom of the stairs to keep the child away. If you have guardrails that your child's head can get caught in, you can also buy a safety net to cover them and prevent children from sticking their heads out.
- Investing in Baby Gates: An easy way to keep a baby in trouble is to just keep them away from a certain area. Have several baby gates on hand to keep your baby close and visible, no matter where you are in the house.
- Monitoring: Do not assume that just because you have done the preparatory work, you can let your child walk freely. Always keep an eye on your child.
- Learn first aid: Taking a first aid course for infants and children gives you invaluable skills and peace of mind when you bring your new family member.
- Do not forget outdoor areas: When you baby your house, do not forget the deck, backyard, shed, garage, pool or whirlpool and other areas outside the main building. These places can be particularly dangerous and should be both childproof and secure from easy access where possible.
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