Are You overdoing the baby proofing?

Are you worrying about baby proofing? If baby hasn’t even arrived yet you may be jumping the gun just a little.

Baby proofing is important, obviously. It’s also necessary for both baby’s safety and your peace of mind.

Experienced parents know that as soon as a child becomes mobile and active, every stray cable in the house becomes his newest chew toy. You’ve probably prepared for that already. You may even have relocated sharp-edged furniture, put the chemicals in hard to reach places, and layered every inch of your house with rubber neo-foam with air-burst, child restraint elves, but the truth is your baby will somehow find a way to outsmart your most carefully laid plans. All you can do is your best.

To help ease your mind we’ve put together a quick guide to the most necessary elements of baby proofing, and have provided some useful links for you at the end. The trick is to be reasonable with your baby proofing plans and, once baby’s mobile, be as attentive as possible.

Baby’s Room

  • Ensure your child can’t get their head stuck between the bars of their crib. Keep overly soft bedding, pillows, and stuffed toys out of the baby bed as these can prove to be a suffocation hazard. Also, eliminate any space between the crib mattress and crib wall.
  • Keep baby monitor cords tightly wound and away from the crib! 
  • Bear in mind those plastic outlet covers that can be removed may turn into choking hazards.

Kitchen

  • Move under sink chemicals to hard to reach areas. Baby locks and latches are notoriously unreliable.
  • Make sure you don’t have refrigerator magnets falling and becoming choking hazards.
  • Be especially aware of colorful soap pods and cleaners. These are commonly mistaken by children as something edible and they will go to great lengths to get their hands on one.

Home Office / Living Room

Baby proofing your tv stand.
Maybe not the best plan.
  • Cover your fireplace with a guard door and protect your baby from sharp corners on brick or ceramic tile. Coffee tables, TV stands, and window ledges offer plenty of sharp corners at eye level for your child.  Search for breakables and move them. You’ll be amazed at how easily they can break things (Be patient! They’re accidents!).
  • Hide anything with batteries, secure cords, remove toxic plants, and just be smart about objects like staplers or anything else theoretically dangerous they could get their inquisitive hands on in the 3 seconds you weren’t watching them.

Bathroom

  • Cover the tub spout to protect baby’s head in case of a fall, and always test the water temperature before placing your child in the tub.
  • Invest in a lockable area to keep your medicine safe.
  • Nonstick mats in and around the tub are a must for both you and your child!
  • Keep the bathroom door closed, and locked if necessary, when not in use. That toilet full of water is so enticing!

Here’re some additional resources for making your home baby-safe:
An amazing visual info-graphic guide by The Huffington Post.
Some advice on indoor air.

 

Originally published at www.huffingtonpost.com



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