Making Sure Your Home Is Baby Safe

Receiving the wonderful news that you are going to have a baby is a joyous occasion. Now it is time to think about safety in your home. If your baby is already here, it is never too late to start. Even if your baby is just a few weeks, or months. You will be surprised how soon your baby is putting things in her mouth, getting into thing, and moving around. I have come up with a list of a some things you can do to make sure your home is baby safe.

  1. Electrical outlet covers. This may be an obvious one, but a very important one. Outlets are very dangerous. Make sure any other home your child will be in often has outlet covers as well, like Grandparents, family, child care facilities, and pre-schools.
  2. Wall brackets. These are very important to install behind shelves or dressers. They secure the furniture to the wall to prevent children from pulling the furniture over on them and crushing them. There are many different types at your hardware store.
  3. Door handle covers. I put these on all exterior doors, so my children cannot go outside, or open the door when I am not in the room. These are also great on the doors of rooms that you want your children to stay out of, like the garage or toy closets.
  4. Choking Hazards. Always make sure that there are no choking hazards within your child’s reach. Babies put anything, and everything in their mouths. Make sure older siblings know the dangers of choking, and that they are not allowed to feed the baby.
  5. Use Baby Gates. Use gates where there are any stairs to prevent falling.
  6. Medicine and Cleaning cabinets. Use locks on all medicine and cleaning closets to prevent poising. Keep the poison control number in an easy to see location, like on the fridge. i had to put a mouse trap under the sink in my bathroom, and was worried that my children would find it and snap there fingers off. So I put a cupboard lock on the door to keep them out.
  7. Install smoke alarms in all rooms of your home, and check them to make sure the batteries are working.
  8. Prevent drowning. Always drain the bathtub when you are finished using it to prevent a curious baby from falling in. Don’t leave buckets of water lying around. Empty kiddie pools when your children are done using them.
  9. Check your crib. Make sure the mattress fits snuggly. The slats should be no more than 2 3/8 apart. Don’t use extra blankets, pillows, or stuffed animals in the crib. Make sure the crib is put together properly, and that there is no paint peeling off. If your crib is painted, make sure it is lead free paint.
  10. Fireplaces. Use a screen around fireplaces, wood stoves, etc. to prevent burns.

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