Bringing an infant into this world is ecstatic for parents, along comes the duty to take utmost care. Assess every inch of your house ahead of bringing your bundle of joy home for any potential dangers as this can lessen your worries. Take time to explore and get to the bottom, the floor, if required. Look at your house as if a baby would. Zero in on any risks and rectify them. Here are possible risks to look out for:
- Tie Loose Ends
Do not leave any loose wires, electric sockets or plugs, screens or window cords dangling freely. These should be dealt with accordingly and kept out of reach of the baby to avoid dangers of dragging something on top of themselves, choking on wires, or getting electrocuted from sockets.
- Keep The Toxins Away
Often children tend to put things in their mouth. You may want to keep pills, cleaning materials, solutions, etc out of reach of the baby. This is because curious babies try to taste things they get hold of and these could be toxic in nature. You also need to rearrange all the plants inside the house as these could be toxic too.
- The Standard Nursery
The baby’s room is the most important place as the baby will be spending a lot of time in it. Make sure that the Crib has been fixed well and placed in away from windows and curtains hanging on them. Ensure that the mattress is just right for the crib and try not to leave any soft toys inside the crib. The distance between the rails of the crib ought to be 2-3/8 inches apart.
- Keep Clean
The house should be clutter-free and make enough space for the baby because sooner than you realize the baby will start crawling. Get rid of small things lying on the ground as babies may pop them into their mouth and choke. Remove all dilapidated furniture and repair those that are shaky but usable.
- A Few Things To Remember
Here are a few more things to ensure safety when your baby is home. Avoid holding hot drinks or smoking while carrying your baby to avoid any fire mishaps.
- Take special care not to feed the baby while lying on their back. Also a strict no no to popcorns, nuts, candy pieces, or any small items which can choke them until they are old enough for these.
- All In The Game
Some parents can feel overwhelmed by the whole baby proofing episode. Help is available in many forms. Talk to parents who have kids already and your baby proofing troubles will just go away. You can also seek help on the web by joining groups and chat rooms.
Start listing baby proofing measures and things needed for it even when your baby is in your arms so that you are done with this by the time the baby starts to crawl and move about the house exploring every nook and corner.