Parenting is a duty that involves quite a lot of dedication. As a parent, it is incumbent on your part to ensure your offspring is growing in a secure environment. Children are naturally curious and tend to explore their surroundings with keen interest. You mustn’t discourage them from doing so to avoid creating a tense atmosphere for them.
Before you bring your baby home from the hospital after delivery, it is obligatory for you to re-arrange. Although there are changes that do not need to take effect until several months later. This is because your baby won’t start crawling until when he/she clocks 6 months. Babies become mobile and adventurous at this stage so you must do all you can to protect them from harm.
My love for babies prompted me to put this piece together for other parents around especially newbies who do not have first-hand knowledge about keeping their babies safe at home. I hope, will be helpful for you these ways on how to keep your baby safe at home. Don’t leave this page as I am about to breakdown 7 methods to adopt in baby-proofing your home.
- Living Room Safety
This is the activity room or theatre where all the entertainment is enjoyed. Electric cables, remotes, sockets, and plugs can be found in every corner of this section. Your baby is not safe here!
The TV in vogue nowadays is the slim sharp-edged flatscreen which can injure even an adult if it accidentally drops from its position. The cables or wiring of your DVD player, decoder, and speakers can strangulate your tot if left carelessly on the floor.
Batteries of remotes and game consoles can lead to suffocation if swallowed by your baby. It is mandatory as a parent or caregiver to ensure your living room is kept safe to avoid any of these accidents.
- Mount your TV on the wall firmly with the hinges provided by the manufacturer.
- Keep remotes safe on shelves high up beside the TV.
- Neatly secure cables and wires in plastic conduits to prevent shocks.
- Purchase well-cushioned furniture and couches to avoid injuries and cuts if bumped into.
- Bedroom Safety
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has been observed by pediatricians to account for high mortality rates in newborns. It usually occurs while a baby is asleep and can be referred to as “crib death” or “cot death”.
Loose bedsheets, stuffed animals, pillows, and stringed pacifiers can choke your baby in their crib overnight. All your baby needs to have a safe sleep is a tightly fitted bedspread tucked into the sides of a firm mattress. The cot must also be free from having gaps wide enough for a baby to pass through. An adjustable crib that can be collapsed on one end is also a bad choice.
- Do not keep any object inside your baby’s cot.
- Wear them warm clothes and socks instead of tucking them in blankets at night.
- Keep their room warm in cold weather with the aid of a heater or air conditioner.
- Use a wide or low surface for changing diapers to avoid accidental falls from heights.
- Kitchen Safety
Mothers spend most of their time in this part of the house. It is common for kitchens to be situated towards the backyard in most homes. This is because of the heat generated while cooking or baking. Although there are automatic heat extractors to reduce the temperature, the backdoor needs to be left ajar while cooking.
Crawling babies and toddlers can easily find their way into this room unnoticed. Aside from the harm that could befall them if they try to go out through the open backdoor, the fire emanating from the stove or cooker can easily burn them if they stretch towards it.
- Secure the backdoor with a burglar-proof door covered with mosquito nets.
- Keep sharp cutleries and utensils away from their reach.
- Don’t store insecticides in the kitchen.
- Store dishwashing liquid high up in cabinets.
- Pots and pans should be locked away in drawers.
- Keep the kitchen floor dry at all times as it could be slippery.
- Use automatic gas lighters instead of matches.
- Bathroom Safety
The preset water temperature in your bathtub must be put in check always. Approximately 1200F is safe to avoid scalding or severe burns, especially on a toddler. Bathtubs filled with water can drown your baby within split seconds of you being unaware. Ensure you have all you need to bathe them within your reach before you begin.
Medicines kept on bathroom shelves should be transferred to storage spaces that have locks. If you have a cupboard far away from your child’s reach inside your bathroom, keep your pills in it, and lock it up. Even vitamin supplements should be kept safely locked away with other drugs.
- Spread slip-proof pads inside the tub to prevent sudden falls while bathing them.
- Always cover your toilet bowl. Your baby can trip over and fall head-in.
- When you are going to bathe, lock yourself up in the bathroom until you are done.
- The Staircase
If you live in a story building or duplex, you may want to put a safety measure in place. The staircase is the no.1 area in the home where your toddler can sustain injuries. They are not able to walk properly enough to ascend or descend the stairs like their older siblings or adults in the house.
- Secure the stairs with gates above and below the steps. This will keep your baby in check from trying to crawl or walk across at will.
- The Dining Area
Babies cannot reach the table yet to eat like you. There are highchairs sold in the market purposely for feeding toddlers and infants. Don’t try to elevate your dining chairs in a bid to permit them to join you at the table. They may easily fall over and hurt themselves.
- You can set their highchair close to you during mealtime.
- Do not opt for glass or sharp-edged dining furniture.
- Avoid using table cloths for your dining. It can cause your baby to suffocate from playing with it.
For decoration and providing an adequate flow of oxygen which plants produce naturally, it is good to have live flowers or plants growing inside your home. But you should take note that some of these plants are poisonous.
- Keep plants away from your child’s reach because they are fond of putting anything they find in their mouth.