Reports showed that almost millions of kids end up in the emergency room every year because of home accidents. Fortunately, these accidents can easily be avoided. While there’s no spare for cautious supervision, proactive babyproofing can go far when it comes to preventing unnecessary accidents. As the child discovers, teach him what is forbidden and what is safe.
As your baby grows and begins to move, you will eventually recognize that lots of things inside your home are very dangerous. Thus, babyproofing needs to be started particularly when your baby is now starting to move. But, how would you get started?
1. Small objects
Small objects such as rings, buttons, batteries and coins should be stored far from the reach of your child. This is because they are still at a period in which anything goes in their mouth and this may be a possible choking threat. You also need to become aware of food items (ex. peas, nuts, raisins and popcorn). These have a potential to lodge in the throat of your child.
2. Hard sports and sharp corners
Usually, tables have sharp edges that can cause injury especially to active toddler. Glass top coffee tables are known to pose a major danger since children use them to support themselves as they learn when learning their first step. The best alternatives you can do are install padding or remove your coffee table with sharp corners, and babyproof your hearth and fireplace.
3. Crib of your baby
Make sure there are no gaps in the crib of your baby. Also, be certain that there are no pillows, large stuffed animals/toys or plastic sheets inside the crib since they can potentially cause suffocation hazard.
As possible, buy door handle coverings so that you can prevent your little ones to enter in the room, which they are not supposed to be in. This can be your clever way to have yourself an easy access to rooms while babyproofing the rest of your space.
It is recommended to install latches on the insides of your drawers and cabinets. Never have the chance to open your drawers and cabinets in front of your child because he will possibly learn to copy your movements, which is dangerous on his part. But if your cabinet has no latch, remove every risky thing from it. Instead, fill it with the books and toys he can use to play.
6. Poisons and pesticides
On every door of your cabinet, install latches as possible. Then, keep cleaning products and pesticides stored up high in which your child cannot reach. Also, medication must also kept far from the curios little fingers of your baby.
7. Electrical outlets
These are among the key potential hazards especially if you have them at a hip level in which a toddler or a crawling baby can easily reach. You should cover all of your electrical outlets either with electrical tapes or safety caps.
With these tips in mind coupled with little planning and a tour of your house on knees and hands, you can prepare your baby for a safe exploration across the property!