Becoming a parent is most people’s dream, but taking care of a baby is harder than it sounds. Even though babies are cute, they require a lot of attention. And as they start to grow and walk around the house, they get exposed to many dangers, such as getting burned on the oven or falling down the stairs. If you are a parent and want to learn more about the potential ways to protect your child around your own home, listed below are 5 ways in which you can baby-proof your home to avoid any potential incident.
Every child loves playing with toys. These little creations make every child’s life interesting and spark their imagination. One thing that every parent should know is that there are different kinds of toys. Some are safe to use and play with, yet others can be dangerous, even fatal for your child. The first thing you should do is remove all of the small toys from your baby’s reach. Since the baby will be putting almost everything in its mouth, you want to keep it safe from choking on a small plastic toy. Instead, give it fluffy toys, or any wooden toys to play with.
Another thing that can be very dangerous for your child is an electrical outlet. If you have any in your room which are within your child’s reach, make sure to cover them until your child is old enough to know better than to touch it. You can do this with almost any type of rubber tape, or buy buying a special fixture in your local store which can be inserted onto the outlet to keep the children away from and protect from electricity. Better to be safe than sorry.
Edge and counter protection
If your child has started walking, it is going to embark on journeys around the house. The movement will be completely unpredictable, and the child will try to see every corner of the house. The biggest threats are sharp edges and counters. If you have any such objects in your house, including kitchen counters, dining tables or any other objects with sharp edges, make sure you buy specially designed additions that are installed on these edges and which protect the child from getting hurt. You can find these in any hardware store, or order them online for a modest price.
Move all of the chemicals
Since your child will be exploring a lot, you should remove all chemicals from its reach. This includes deodorants, cleaners, soaps and all other chemicals used to clean the floor or wash wardrobe and dishes. Drinking or swallowing any of these chemicals can have dangerous, even fatal consequences. Pack all the chemicals inside a wooden cabinet, somewhere high where your child cannot reach them. You can also place them somewhere on the shelves, and keep them out of your child’s way.
Breakable items and medicine
Keep all the breakable objects such as glasses and plates outside your child’s reach. It can easily get hold of glass, break it and cut itself. Also, you should keep all the medicine you have somewhere safe. This includes child’s medication as well. Don’t forget to put childproof caps on bottles.
Protecting your child should be your number one priority. Make sure you have childproofed the stairs, the cradle and everything inside the child’s room, as well as around the house. Even your yard needs childproofing. Having a baby is a huge responsibility, and it is your job to ensure that it lives and grows in a safe environment.
December 22, 2016