By Francesca Stygar, Special to the Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com
Babies can get into a lot of trouble despite their small size, which is why it’s important for parents to make sure that the home is a relatively safe place for them to explore. By addressing the individual rooms in your house and screening them for potential issues you can achieve baby proofing perfection with relative ease.
Between electric appliances, sharp knives, and heavy pots and pans, the kitchen may seem like a parent’s worst nightmare when it comes to babies. Thankfully there are a few simple things you can do to make sure that a baby never makes contact with any of the truly dangerous stuff. First, if you keep cleaning supplies in a low cabinet or beneath the sink consider moving them higher or installing safety latches. If it’s in danger of being consumed by a child, don’t store it anywhere they can easily reach. The same goes for anything that can be a choking hazard, such as small magnets on the fridge. Last, if you’re not using an appliance, consider leaving it unplugged. This will ensure that your child doesn’t accidentally turn it on and cause harm to both themselves and your electric bill.
THE LIVING ROOM
Furniture can be one of the most dangerous obstacles for a baby to run into so the obvious safety precautions to take in the living room involve putting corner guards on anything sharp. Similar to the kitchen, any small objects will need to be placed higher in the living room to prevent a baby from reaching them. Even wall hangings that are too high for a child to touch will need to be secured in case one gets knocked down. Long electrical cords for the television or speakers will also need to be safely store or taped down so that your precious bundle of joy doesn’t get the shock of a lifetime.
In most cases, a baby should never be left alone in the bathroom at any point in time. Leaving them for even a minute during bath time can lead to drowning or worse, especially if you have things like hair dryers or flatirons out. Remember to put the electrical items away behind a safety latched cabinet door and do the same with any medication. What looks like pills to us may look like candy to them so do yourself a favor and keep them away from those tiny hands. Even the toilet can be a tempting danger for children so put a safety latch on the lid until their old enough to know better.
Plenty of love and effort goes into building a nursery for your new baby, so why not take the time to make sure it’s safe, too? To start, the crib that your baby will be snoozing in should be up to current safety standards, especially if it’s an older model or a hand-me-down. Make sure that the bars don’t allow for little arms and legs to get stuck between and that the latches can’t easily be opened. You’ll also want to line the floor of the room with plush carpet to cushion any falls and add the same corner guards to the nursery furniture that you have in the living room. A nursery is supposed to be safe space for a baby so take extra precaution to ensure that everything in it is relatively harmless.