When you have a baby and especially when your baby starts to crawl around, the most important thing to think about is baby proofing your house. There are so many household hazards we don’t even think about but, for a baby, they can be the difference between health and serious injury or even death. Follow these few tips, and your house should also be baby proofed and therefore safer for your baby.
Hide Exposed Wires – Baby proof your house by making sure any exposed wires are tucked and taped out of the way. Computer wires, stereo equipment wires, DVD player wires, even refrigerator cables, all of them should be tucked away so your baby can’t reach them. You can buy special plastic devices that you can tape to the back of your desk and tuck your computer wires in. Same thing for DVD player wires and stereo equipment. Baby’s chew everything. Chewing through an electrical wire that’s plugged into a socket could kill your baby, so make sure those wires are out of sight.
Install Childproof Locks on Cupboard Doors – Make sure all your cupboard doors, especially at floor level, are fitted with childproof locks. Babies can get their hands on cleaning fluid, bleach and any number of nasty substances. Even just one mouthful of a detergent or bleach could make your baby seriously ill or kill them. Childproof locks are available at any hardware store and are easy to install.
Baby Proof Electric Outlet Cover Plates – Replace all your house’s electrical outlet cover plates with baby proof plates. Again, easy to install (just unscrew the old one and screw in the baby proof one), yet they’ll save your baby from a nasty accident because he won’t be able to stuff his little fingers into the electrical outlet.
Put Special Covers on Sharp Furniture Edges – You can buy soft fabric furniture edge covers that just slot onto the furniture corner and tape secure. These are wonderful, as they baby proof all your furniture and make sure your precious child doesn’t lose an eye from an overly sharp glass coffee table.
Don’t Leave Your Baby Alone in the Bath – Don’t leave your baby unattended in the bath even for a second. A friend of mine left her baby with her husband while she ran to the 7-11. When she came back ten minutes later, the baby had drowned. Her husband turned his back to help the 3 year old out of the bath and the 6-month old’s head slid under the water. A baby can drown in a cup full of water in just a few seconds. Make sure yours doesn’t have the chance to.
Remove Little Refrigerator Magnets – Everybody loves refrigerator magnets. But, they can fall off the fridge and end up lying on the floor. A tiny refrigerator magnet can be picked up by a baby crawling around, and the next thing you know your baby is choking on it. Don’t take the chance. Put refrigerator magnets away until your baby is old enough to know they don’t go in the mouth.
Don’t Leave Your Baby In a Crib With Soft Toys – As cute as they might seem, a soft toy can actually suffocate a baby if they fall asleep on it and their air passage gets blocked. Take all the soft toys out of your baby’s crib before you put them down for a nap.
The best way to baby proof your house is to get down to the same level as your baby and crawl through the house on the carpet. Things you might not notice at adult eye level, you might see when you’re the same height as your child. Your baby’s life is too important to take any chances, so make sure you baby proof your house correctly.