Infant And Toddler Tips - How To Baby Proof Your Home

You can make your home a safer place for your baby by covering electrical outlets, using safety gates, attaching toilet and cabinet locks, and supervising your child around water.

You need to begin making your home a safer place for your baby even before he begins to crawl. Babies have an innate curiosity, and they do not have a sense of danger. If you take the time to look around your house, you will probably see numerous potential hazards that your baby can also find. There are many safety measures that you can take, however, to keep your baby safe from harm.

Babies love to poke and pry tiny openings and holes. One of the first items they will discover will be your electrical outlets. If they are crawling, these outlets are typically at eye level and very tempting. There are several different types of outlet covers available for you to purchase. Some of these will only plug up unused outlets, while others cover the entire outlet.

Loose electrical cords can also become a problem for your little one. Your baby may tug on a loose cord, pulling a lamp or other object over onto him. If you can't hide these cords sufficiently, you may want to buy electrical cord covers.

Closed cabinet doors are intensely attractive to most babies. They want to see what is on the other side. Now is the time for you to move all of your chemicals such as household cleaners, toiletries, paint, and any other hazardous materials to a high shelf or cabinet that is completely out of your baby's reach. If your baby was to ingest any poisonous material, you need to contact the Poison Control Center immediately. Although pediatricians used to recommend keeping a bottle of syrup of ipecac on hand in case of accidental poisoning, this is no longer recommended.

Even though you have removed hazardous materials out of harm's way, you still may need to keep some of your cabinets closed to curious babies. You can purchase cabinet safety locks that are simple to install and easy to use.

When you are cooking, be sure to always turn pot handles to the inside so that your baby can't accidentally grab a handle and pour the hot contents of the pot on himself. You can also purchase stove guards that will prevent small hands from being able to reach hot burners on the stove top.

A baby or small child can drown in a small amount of water. You should never leave your child unattended around any body of water. This includes toilets and bathtubs. There are now toilet seat locks that you can purchase, and they are very simple to install. Never leave your child alone in a bathtub even for a second. He could drown in just a few inches of water.

You need to also be aware of any buckets of water you might have sitting outside of your house. A baby can tip over into a bucket and be unable to pull himself back out of it. Of course, if you have a pool or pond, you will need to install a security fence and gate. You can also buy alarm systems for your pool that will sound if something goes into the water. As soon as your child is old enough, you need to enroll him in a water safety course. However, you still need to supervise him around any body of water even if he has completed a safety course.

If you have sharp edges on tables or hard edges on hearths, you may want to buy padding to place along these edges. Your baby will take quite a few falls before he masters the concept of walking, and you want to prevent as much injury as possible. If you have a fireplace, you will need to buy a safety screen to keep your baby away from the fire and hot surfaces.

Walkers are no longer recommended as safe for babies. If you have stairs, your baby could easily fall down the stairs in his walker. You also need to have rail guards for open stairways. You will need to use gates to limit your child's activities and access to other rooms and stairways, too.

Furniture and appliances can tip over, seriously injuring a child. If you have furniture or televisions and other appliances that pose this type of hazard, you can buy straps that will attach the furniture to the wall and prevent it from tipping over.

Babies will inevitably suffer a few spills as they learn to navigate their way around. You can, however, make their environment safer by taking a few necessary safety precautions.

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