Babyproofing Your Home

Babyproofing Your Home

Babyproofing your house can be a daunting task. Try to get down to the eye level of your baby and take stock of what hazards are lurking for them from that angle. We also have a few basic tips to keep in mind as you get started.

Cabinets. Cabinets can create a hazard as babies like to explore whatever is within their reach. Purchase childproof safety latches for all the cabinets in your home.

Drapery and blind cords. These pose a strangulation hazard. Tie them up in order to keep them out of reach.

Drawers. Drawers can contain items that are hazardous, such as silverware. Be sure to keep safety latches on these as well. Keep low drawers closed so the baby cannot pull them out and on top of themselves.

Bathtub.  Cover the faucet head with a specially made soft cover, like the Moby Bath Cover, and lay down nonskid strips or a mat to help keep your child from slipping. Also be sure to keep the water from getting too hot and scalding your baby.

Stairs. Little explorers will often try to climb up or slide down stairs before they are ready, which can lead to major accidents. Be sure to install safety gates for both sides of your stairs and keep them locked at all times.

Electrical outlets. Outlets are dangerous as babies can get a shock by putting their fingers or objects into plug outlets. Be sure to keep these covered with outlet covers.

Furniture. Unsteady wall units, tables, dressers or bookcases can fall over onto babies who try to climb up on them or pull on them. Bolt furniture to the wall when possible in order to prevent this.

Garbage cans. These can contain toxic food items that your little cruiser will try to dig out the first chance they get. Keep garbage cans out of reach or use cans that come with a safety lock.