You might think that your infant can’t even roll over yet, so you don’t need to baby-proof your home right now. But trust me, you won’t even realise how soon the child grows and starts to roll on the stomach. Babies normally start crawling at 8 months, some even before that; which means you have don’t have much time to ensure that your home is safe for your still toothless wonder.
Kids are naturally inquisitive and everything attracts them, right from sockets to trash bin. So, before they arrive in this world you must start preparing for their arrival. If you really want to find out what potential dangers await your toddler in each room, get down on your hands and knees start crawling just like him.
Here is a checklist of things that can ensure your infant’s safety:
Once your baby starts to crawl, he won’t stay at one place and start exploring the house on his hands and knees. He can hurt himself if he accidently knocks into a table, chair, sofa and more. So, secure their edges with protective padding or foam.
As grownups, we easily overlook unused electrical sockets and wires lying around, but for your baby these are mysterious things that attract them. Hence, tie up any stray cords and cover all the low-lying sockets with socket covers.
Once your toddler starts crawling, he will try to climb the stairs. So, get safety gates installed at the top and bottom of the stairs and also in the doorways of rooms with possible hazards.
This way you can prevent their entry to places with potential dangers.
We often hear incidents of babies getting choked with their toys. To prevent this from happening, ensure that his toys are much larger than his mouth. Also check if any parts of the toys such as doll’s eyes or other small things are securely fastened.
Always get a crib with fixed rails and never ever use a drop-side rail. Also ensure that he can’t fit his head between the slats. When he falls asleep, do not forget to remove all the toys from the crib.
These curious beings have a tendency to open shelves and take out things. Many of the things like knives, pins, and other sharp objects can injure for your child.
To prevent this, do install safety latches on cupboards and shelves.
The curiosity of your child has no limits. He will try out different things and explore the world on his own. He might try climbing a side table. In his attempts at climbing a table, the furniture might tip-off and hurt him. This can lead to a serious accident. To prevent this from happening do secure your furniture with wall attachments.
8. Clear furniture near windows
Do not place any furniture near windows as the child might use it to climb the windowsill. Don’t rely on window screens which are meant to keep insects out and not babies in.
9. Indoor Plants
Before your child gets mobile and decides to explore how the plants taste, ensure that none of the indoor plants are hazardous. Remove all insectivorous and poisonous plants.
It is mandatory to shift all the medicines and cleaning products to a higher and locked cabinet. Also get clear of all unused and expired medicines.
You practically cannot keep an eye on your growing infant round-the-clock but if you keep these things in mind, you can ensure he keeps well even in your absence. When it’s about the safety of your child no level of precautions seems more.