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Babies can be a handful. They do not possess the ability to discern danger even when it is staring them right in the face. For them, as long as they can move or stretch an arm, everything has to be touched and inspected. It all comes down to how fast a parent can react to avoid misfortune. This is where babyproofing comes in.
Unfortunately, parents are not superheroes; they can not be in all corners of the house at the same time. However, this does not imply that keeping babies from injuring themselves is impossible. Babyproofing the house is a process where you make the home safe for the child to move about freely. The following are some of the tips that every parent should be aware of.
Keep Doors Locked
There are rooms around the house where babies have no business being in on their own. The kitchen, the bathroom, the garage, and the basement are the big ones.
All these places have different forms of potential danger. Hot water or knives in the kitchen pose a threat. The steep stairs that lead down a basement can result in a very nasty fall. The slippery tiles in bathrooms are also another hazard.
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Get a Taller Baby Crib
It takes babies very little time to figure out how to jailbreak from their cribs. As a parent, once the baby goes to sleep in their cribs, you may get a false sense of security that they cannot climb out, you are wrong.
Both of my sons were able to climb out of their cribs eventually.
To ensure that such a scenario never plays out, buy cribs that have taller barriers. The type they cannot even be able to raise their neck above on tiptoes.
Tall baby cribs are much safer and better at keeping them inside. If that’s not an option try a crib tent which has an added bonus of keeping cats out.
Secure Your Electronics
Having a 65-inch television screen might be a good idea when you are starting out, but once kids come into the picture, it becomes another matter.
Most screens are placed on low lying tables against walls; they can be tipped over easily. All a baby needs to do is to pull a plug, and that’s it. A 65-inch TV set can weigh as much as 55 pounds, which can inflict severe injuries if it falls on a baby.
If you have several heavy electronics in the house, consider visiting the best bulk hardware suppliers around you for wall mounts. Nail that TV to a wall and lock the other electronics in secure cabinets.
Babyproofing early is the best way around this.
Be Extra Careful With Electricity
Death by electrocution is usually instant. There is never a window of stopping it or helping anyone caught in it.
Although it may be a rare occurrence around the house, parents must insulate every electric cable that is exposed.
On top of that, all those cables that link up the electronics in the house should be hidden away. Have them stuffed under the carpet or inside walls or buy cord concealers.
Install Gates Around Stairs
Stairs are a danger even to a fully fit adult with excellent motor functions. All it takes is a slip or a trip, and you could wound up in the hospital with multiple fractures.
Babies are unable to judge distances, tumbling down a staircase is easy for them, and they could end up severely hurt.
Install safety gates around stairways, something that will keep them from going down the steep slopes without help from an adult.
They will probably throw a fit from blocked like that, but a tantrum is better than a broken neck.
Keep Chemicals and Medicines Away
Everything a child touches always ends up in their mouths. Dangerous chemicals like bleaches, insecticides, and rat poison should be kept as far away as possible.
Something like rat poison should not even exist in the house.
Leftover medicine should also be high up and locked in a cabinet at all times. All it takes to send them to the ICU is just a little sip of one of these chemicals.
Get Rid of Table Cloths
Tables clothes are pretty, but where babies are concerned, table clothes are nothing but trouble.
When babies are learning how to walk, they tend to grab on anything for support. If that happens to be a table cloth, then they will end up pulling it off.
If anything heavy happens to be on top of it, then it may come tumbling down on their heads, injuring them.
Create a Playing Space
If space is not an issue in your house, then you can separate a section of the house and turn it into a temporary play area for your baby.
You can create a little enclosure with gates on the side, set a soft rug, and release the baby inside to play with their toys.
If you are living in an apartment several floors up, you should always keep the windows shut. Many windows do not have metal barriers, which means that when they are open, and a baby may accidentally climb and fall out of the window.
Or, you can try babyproofing the window with metal bars.
Babies demand a lot of attention, especially once they start crawling or walking. Take the necessary precautions to babyproof your house and keep your little one safe.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.