As a new parent, keeping your baby happy and safe is your new life's mission. Nothing is more important and you will do whatever it takes to make it happen. To an inquisitive little baby a house is fraught with danger, so baby-proofing your home is of paramount importance.
First, you'll want to start with the crib. Since your newborn will be spending most of its time there, this is a good place to start.
* Decorating the crib can be cute but refrain from hanging anything over or above the crib. If these should be come dislodged your baby could be seriously injured if it fell on them.
* Mobiles make for great baby entertainment but only hang them from the sides of the crib or crib rails. Since mobiles are made up of small parts and could choke an infant, keep them elevated and out of their reach.
* Make sure the crib mattress is at the right height and that your baby can't reach and climb over the rails. Lower it if you have to.
* Keep unnecessary objects out of the crib and allow for plenty of space. Too many blankets, pillows or stuffed animals can suffocate a baby or cause overheating which can lead to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). And when you put your baby to bed, always remember to put them on their back to reduce the risk of SIDS.
As your child grows and develops, he will be spending more time out of the crib and gleefully wandering about. Some safety precautions that are easy to implement include the following:
* Window Guards: Screens alone will not prevent a child from falling out an open window. Install guards that screw into the window frame.
* Furniture Restraints: Children can become very adept at climbing so use anti-tip restraints or secure furniture to the floor or wall. An open drawer will attract any child who could pull a dresser down on them very easily. Keep furniture away from windows also.
* Stair Gates: Install stair gates that bolt to the walls to keep your child from falling down a staircase. Gates that use spring pressure against walls can easily become dislodged and are not recommended for blocking off a staircase.
* Kitchen Cabinets: Keep all cleaning solutions in cabinets up out of the reach of prying little hands. Install baby latches on cabinet doors. It's also a good idea to keep garbage pails out of sight behind latched cabinet doors also.
* Bathroom: Same as kitchen cabinets. Install latches and keep all cleaning solutions out of reach. Keep the toilet covered with the seat down. Toilet latches are also recommended. When bathing your child, never leave them alone in a bathtub full of water!
* Door Knobs: Baby door knob covers are recommended to keep your child from opening doors and “escaping" to wonders unknown. Closets can also be extremely dangerous if opened. Using special baby knob covers will keep them from entering any unwanted areas of the house.
* Electrical Outlets: Tiny fingers have a way of getting into the smallest of places. Be sure to install outlet plug covers in all your outlets and keep electrical wires covered and out of reach.
* Tools & Sharp Objects: Always keep these out of reach and locked up safely in a tool box or latched drawer. A child can do severe damage to themselves with scissors or any other pointed or sharp object.
These are just a few simple steps that you can take to help make your home a safer environment for your baby. But the most important tip of all, is to NEVER leave your child unsupervised. Be vigilant in your care and never lose sight of what is important. . . your baby!
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