Bringing a baby home is an exciting day. After nine long months of waiting and preparing you are finally allowed to bring the bundle of joy home for the entire family to enjoy. You as a parent are ready, but is your home ready for the challenges of a growing, moving baby? As a parent myself, I cannot stress the importance of home safety. This is the same advice I give to all expecting parents; prepare the safety of your home weeks before the baby comes home.
New parents find out soon that babies grow fast. It seems like a blink of an eye and they are already crawling, walking and turning the house upside down. Everything babies do is out of curiosity. Remember, the world is new for them and very interesting. They are curious to touch everything, even items they are not supposed to. Be ready for the wreckage a baby can leave behind by childproofing your home.
Here are some child safety devices that can help childproof the house, making it a safe home;
How many times have you seen the local news about tragedies resulting from fire? Smoke detectors are usually present in every home, but many homeowners do not check if the smoke alarms are in working orders. Never turn smoke alarms off, and always replace the batteries. Smoke detectors save lives, it should be the first childproofing item for every parent.
As a mom, I cannot stress the importance of safety gates in a home. They are useful when it comes to keeping the baby away from stairs, areas that can be hazardous or even away from pets. The safety gate I’ve found to be the sturdiest around a moving toddler is the one that can be screwed to the wall. They cannot be pushed by the baby like those pressure gates. Safety gates should also have locks, so that the parents can open and close them easily without the baby being able to figure out how to do so. Whatever safety gate you choose to install, make sure the space between the bars is not large enough for a child’s head and neck to be stuck in.
Safety latches or locks are important for kitchen and bathroom cabinets. The most hazardous area in the kitchen is right under the sink, where most of us keep cleaning chemicals. Babies are curious, and they can somehow find anything, including spray cleaners and bleach. Keep the worry away by placing locks on kitchen drawers, keeping the child away from sharp objects such as knives.
Door knob covers;
Keep the child away from the possibility of opening the front door, or going into other bedrooms without supervision by placing door knob covers. The door knobs sold today are inexpensive, and the doors can still be easily opened by adults. Door locks can also be installed in places such as swimming pool areas to avoid any potential accidents. Even though you as a parent do the best job to supervise the child, they are fast and can get into rooms before you can catch them.
Babies are for some reason really attracted to electrical outlets, and I say this from experience. Cover all electrical outlets with covers. Outlet protectors cannot be easily removed by children, and it prevents their little fingers from poking around.
Anti-scald and water temperature;
Babies and children love bath time. As a parent, protect your child from burns by turning the water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This is something all of us have heard in baby classes, but it is also one thing that will be repeated in the hospital before the baby is allowed to go home. There are also anti-scald devices that can be places on the faucets. Even bath toys that will tell you if the temperature of the water is too hot for the baby to be placed in.
Corner and Edge Bumpers;
I find this to be one item that parents overlook, especially when it comes to coffee tables. Corner and edge bumpers can be purchased for furniture and fireplaces. They prevent injury and hard blows, especially to soft heads of a little child. Hard falls and hits to the head can cause severe injury and even death.
Window blind safety tassels;
At one of our pediatric appointments, the pediatrician asked if we had window blinds made in foreign countries. The answer was obviously yes, and she advised us to purchase window blind cord safety tassels, they can be found for a variety of blinds. The cord can pose danger of strangulation for the child. Although many of the newer blind products on the market now have child safety devices, the older ones that may be found in your home require either tension, tie-down or safety tassel devices.
Door stoppers can be installed on the doors or hinges, they prevent the tiny fingers from being pinched.
All of these items are fairly inexpensive, and you can even request them on your baby gift registry. The safety of your child is priceless, so check the market for the latest in childproofing devices. Also, ask your child’s pediatrician for home childproofing suggestions. They can have helpful advice, that can prevent injury and also be life saving.