How to Child Proof Your Home Before and After Baby Arrives
By Bethany Kandel for Huggies.com
Most parents begin to worry about how to safeguard their little one from all the dangers in the outside world even before baby arrives on the scene. For peace of mind, you can begin by making your home baby-safe and secure during your pregnancy and beyond with some simple childproofing steps; many of which are common sense.
Experts advise you to get down on your hands and knees to see how things look from a baby's perspective. Where would you go? What can you reach? What would you touch?
Remember that childproofing is not a one-shot deal. As baby reaches different levels of mobility - crawling, toddling, walking -- you will have to ramp up your protective tactics. Some of these suggestions can wait until baby becomes mobile and can roll, crawl or move toward danger, but it's never too soon to begin thinking about the potential hazards and how they can be fixed. You can even put some safety items like cabinet and toilet seat locks on your gift registry for use when the time comes.
Here is a room-by-room checklist to get you started:
- Cover electrical outlets.
- Use gates to keep stairways, exercise equipment and other potential dangers off limits.
- Install window guards or window stops
- Make sure heavy bookshelves, dressers and even appliances like television sets and lamps are bolted down and cords are hidden. Put heavier items on lower shelves so furniture is not top-heavy.
- Cover sharp edges and corners.
- Put non-slip pads under all rugs.
- Replace any looped cords on blinds or curtains.
- Move plants out of reach and get rid of any that are poisonous if ingested.
Get out of the habit of leaving coins, keys, matches, mints, paper clips and other small items in bowls or on counters around the house. Even purses should be hung out of reach because they often contain medicine and other sa
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