Your home can bring potential dangers to your precious child. So, to make sure your home is extra safe for your child, you need baby-proofing.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents reports that children under age 0-4 are most at risk of home accidents. Over two million children under age 15 experience accidents in and around their own homes. Most of which are falls, fires, stair accidents, burns and scalds, choking, strangulation, poisoning, and glass-related accidents. Worse, per year, more than 62 children experience home accidents that lead to death.
Isn’t that enough reason to baby-proof your home? You can do something to exclude your child in the number of home accident victims and fatalities. Even with constant parental supervision, it’s still much better to baby-proof your home, room by room. Below are baby-proofing tips to help you build a safe and secure home for your child:
In The Living Room
For most, the living room is where families spend most of their time together. With that said, you have to prioritize your living room for baby-proofing. Do some reorganization or remodeling to make sure every corner is safe for your baby.
- Keep potentially hazardous items out of your child’s reach. These items include candles, matches, breakables, remote controls, power strips, etc.
- Soften up your living room by cushioning sharp-edged furniture. Use corner guards to avoid bump and cut injuries. Consider using ottomans too.
- Mount your television on the wall to avoid the possibility of it falling on your child. For TV sets that can’t be mounted on walls, use security straps.
- Make sure your furniture is sturdy, and not wobbly. Wobbly furniture can collapse and harm your child. Use furniture anchors just to be sure.
- Keep your fireplace covered with heat-resistant guard doors – whether in use or not. Also, keep the fire-stoking tools away from your child’s reach.
- For slippery floors, use rugs to avoid trips and falls. However, some rugs can move easily and slip too. So, you must also use a non-slip rug guard.
In The Kitchen
The kitchen is full of potential hazards for your child, so it’s best to merely keep it off-limits. But there’ll be times when you have to do the kitchen chores and still bring your child with you for constant supervision. Make the kitchen safe by:
- When cooking with pans, make sure the handles are always kept out of the way. If you don’t, your child might bump into them, or grab them.
- When you are not cooking, turn the stove knobs off and secure them with stove knob covers. Doing this prevents your child from twisting knobs on.
- Keep chemicals and cleaners such as dishwashing and laundry pods on topmost shelves, or make sure to secure under-sink cabinets with latches.
- To keep your child busy but safe and still under supervision while you’re cooking, keep one drawer open and place safe toys he/she can play with.
- Use safety latches on appliance doors, such as the oven and the refrigerator, to prevent your child from opening them and hurting themselves.
- Never leave your butcher block of knives on the counter or wherever your child can grab them and cut themselves. Keep these items out of reach.
In The Bathroom
Make bath time fun without neglecting safety by baby-proofing your bathroom. Reported incidents of household accidents in children include drowning, falls, scalding and burns, and bumps. Protect your child from these by following the tips below:
- Make sure not to leave even a little water on the bathroom floor after baths. A wet floor can result in falls. Always keep your bathroom floor dry.
- Always keep the tub faucet covered with a rubber spout cover to protect your child from hitting his/her head and face in case he/she trips or falls.
- Test the water temperature in the tub before placing your child in. You can also preset the temperature to 120° or install an anti-scalding device.
- Besides keeping your medications out of your child’s reach, securing them and other potentially hazardous items in a lockable safe is a must.
- Keep the toilet seat lid down by installing a lock or latch. It can save your child from accidental drowning, smashed fingers, and germ exposure.
- Use nonslip mats or rugs in and out of your bathroom to protect your child from slipping. Nonslip baby mats can also be used inside the bath tub.
In The Nursery
Designing your child’s nursery room is more than just finding cute themes, paint colors, or decorations. Your topmost priority must be your child’s safety. With that, here are tips to help you create a sweeter and safer sleep for your child:
- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advices to stop using drop-side cribs. Different hazards have been created by its drop side.
- Refrain from filling your child’s crib with pillows, bumpers, and stuffed animals as these can cause suffocation. Mobiles should be out of reach.
- Use sliding outlet covers instead of plastic outlet covers. There have been many choking hazards associated with the use of plastic outlet covers.
- For utmost protection, windows should only be opened at a size of an adult fist. For low-lying windows, it’s imperative to install window guards.
- Clear out the nursery room from any type of cord that can cause strangulation. Keep cords securely hidden or choose cordless fixtures instead.
- Remove potentially hazardous items such as pointed objects, glass breakables, balloons, batteries, scissors, etc. out of your child’s nursery room.
General Safety Tips
After keeping the above rooms safe and baby-proofed, here are other useful baby-proofing tips you can practice around your home sweet home:
- Install swing or safety gates to keep your child safe from stairway accidents or other potentially dangerous off-limit areas such as the fireplace.
- Practice the “toilet paper roll” rule to prevent choking hazards. Any object that can go in or fit inside the toilet roll is considered a choking hazard.
- The different baby-proofing practices are most effective when partnered with constant adult supervision. Consistently keep an eye on your child.
Keep your home extra safe for your child the best way that you can by practicing the baby-proofing tips enumerated above! Happy parenting and baby-proofing!
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