BABY PROOFING / BABY SAFETY
Basic Checklist for Baby Proofing Your
So, a little one is on the way or in you
or your loved one's midst and you are probably concerned about all this
baby proofing stuff you are supposed to figure out. The first thing to
do is realize that Rome wasn't built in a day! You will get the hang of
it. To get your started the following list is just what the doctor
ordered! As your baby grows from one stage to the other you will be
equipped to implement the necessary baby proofing changes and your home
will be a safe haven! Baby Proofing is also an excellent baby shower
gift to give and you can find someone near you by looking your city up
and typing baby proofing.
Basic Baby Proofing Checklist
- Try not to use hand me downs especially
with the crib and car seat. Newer cribs have much higher levels of
safety standards. Ensure the slats are vertical and not too far apart
(no more than 2 3/8th inch) so that your baby could get their head
through the opening.
- Never put soft pillows, stuffed
animals, bumper pads etc in the crib. Also make sure that the mattress
fits very tightly between the frames of the crib.
- Never allow your baby to sleep in loose
fitting clothes or in clothes that have drawstrings or ties. Always
place your baby to sleep on their back.
- Never put the crib close to a window or
near tie chords from draperies or blinds.
- Always use the harness system that
comes with your child's high chair, seats etc. The straps are there for
a reason and should never be ignored.
- Always place your child in a new,
approved car seat according to the laws in your state.
- Cover all electrical outlets and remove
hanging or dropped cords.
- Ensure that play pens or portable cribs
and strollers are set up properly so they won't be at risk for
- Set your water heater at 120 degrees to
avoid hot water burns which can be serous to your child.
- Make sure to have the toilette seat
down when a baby begins to realize they can pull themselves up. You can
also get a latch system for the toilette seat cover.
Babyproofing Your Kitchen
While you wish to have your baby have normal development, you don't want
harm your child in the process. Toddlers are even more apt to explore
world around them, leading to greater chance of injury. This is why you
have to put latches on cupboard doors and on kitchen drawers. This gives
you a measure of safety and it helps if you leave the pots and pans or
Tupperware drawers and cabinets open for some safe fun. Your kitchen
to be adequately
baby proofed (www.ChildProofingTips.com) so
that you can cook safely in it, with all dangerous items up and out of
way of the reach of your baby. This includes having your pot handles
to the inside when cooking.
Babyproofing around the Home
You shouldn't trust latches when it is a matter of chemicals and
cleaners. You need to keep these chemicals out of the kitchen out of the
way and up out of their reach. The garage is a good place to put them as
long as it does not get too hot with the more flammable substances. Some
babies see latches as specific challenges to be overcome and can get
them fairly quickly so make sure to pay attention and see which ones
be replaced with a more sophisticated latch or system.
Remember that kids see electrical outlets as places to put their fingers
into. They also put metal objects into them, making an even greater
Cover all outlets to avoid this kind of danger or use outlets that have
sliders that protect the holes. Know that some children can pull the
off so that the slider kind is preferable if you have the extra money
them. In any event, purchase covers that are hard to remove for the
greatest safety for your child.
Know What Your Limitations Are
Baby Proofing is not perfect science so don't go crazy trying to get
everything perfect. Get the obvious things taken care of and be
as baby plays. Make certain that you are aware of what baby is doing
the home and know what your baby is getting into.
Again, most of these safety measures will not be crucial in the first
months but it is better to be safe and proactive than sorry later on.
Getting a house baby proofed is also an excellent
baby shower gift and can also
if you are in an earthquake state.