Are you preparing to become a parent? Before you welcome your new family member, babyproof your home. Once you are taking care of a newborn baby, you probably won’t have the time to make modifications to your home. Keep your child safe during all stages by taking these babyproofing steps.
Eliminate Cords on Blinds
Long cords dangling down from blinds are a strangulation hazard, especially when your baby starts toddling around. Fortunately, cordless blinds are readily available. Replace all the blinds in your home so that the cords aren’t a dangerous hazard to your child.
Anchor Heavy Items to the Wall
Heavy bookshelves, televisions, dressers, and appliances can topple over if your child pulls on them while he or she is learning to walk. Now is the time to get these bulky objects securely anchored to the wall so that they don’t cause injury later. Hire a professional to take care of it all at once so that you can be certain it was done correctly.
Babyproof Your Home by Covering Sharp Corners
Pointy edges of furniture can injure a baby once he or she starts crawling. You can purchase pads to babyproof your home that are specifically designed for this purpose. Attach these pads to the sharp edges around your home. Get on your hands and knees and look at your house from a baby’s point of view.
Block Electrical Outlets
Babies don’t know to keep their fingers out of electrical outlets. An electrical shock can seriously injure or kill a child. Adding outlet covers is one of the most important steps to babyproof your home.
Double Check Safety Gear to Babyproof Your Home
This is an important tip for anyone, whether you are a parent or not. But when you are responsible for a new family member, you want to take extra precautions to make your home safe.
Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, make sure your fire extinguishers aren’t expired, and stock up your first aid kit. Make a list of emergency contacts and put it in a visible area. Even better, enter them into your phone contacts for quick dialing.
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