The biggest worry of new parents is protecting their little bundle of joy from any danger. Infants are curious, and they want attention. If left unattended, the baby will try to grab on anything it can, whether she’s crawling on her knees or running around in her wobbly feet as a toddler. Once the child reaches the age of eight months, she will start crawling, and the battle of infancy begins. The fact that your child is unaware of the dangers of the surroundings and keen to explore without thinking at all leaves a lot of parents stressed.
While it’s important for the babies to explore their surroundings owing to the fact they contribute into their development, nothing is harder than defining unsafe territories. Most people do not know where to start and go haywire. But, with a sound baby proofing process, you can make the house safe for your baby. Here is a guide to help you along with this crucial process.
Once the baby starts to crawl or walk, she will follow you everywhere including the kitchen, stairs, and even outside. One of the first areas to cover and the easiest one is gates. This will make sure that the baby is where you left her. Fix baby gates on the entrance to the kitchen and to the balcony. Cover both ends of the staircase. If you want to be one step ahead of the fast-growing member of the family, fix baby gates on the main door and bedroom doors. Make sure all the door locks and knobs are in working condition, so that they don’t open when the baby pushes.
Everything that can hurt the baby should be placed inside these kitchen cabinets so that they are out of baby’s reach. Anything that is sharp or heavy including Knives, glass plates, and heavy pans should be inside the cabinet. Make sure that the locks are adequate. The same rule goes for other rooms too. Pens, staplers, thermocol cutters, and letter opener will go in the locked cupboards. And the higher the cabinet is, the better it is for safety.
Anything that will open by pulling on it deserves a latch or lock. Kitchen drawers and furniture in living room and bedroom should be top on the list. Do not forget the refrigerator door. Your baby is likely to be fascinated by the box that has light and cold fog coming out of it. The chances of her spilling the food items in it or locking herself in it are high.
Every electronic device in the house should be unplugged at all times when you are not using it. The list includes TV, laptop, mobile phones, backup lights, and coolers. They are equally dangerous as the kitchen appliances like mixer grinder and blender. Keeping the appliances out of reach is the best option. The danger from electricity and getting hurt by the heaviness of the devices can be avoided with this.
Locking the crib at night is going to be the best tip for peaceful sleep for you. The possibility of the baby waking up and crawling out of the crib is eliminated with this. This might not work once the baby figures how to open the lock or grows taller.
If your house has sliding window panes, it is time to add guards/ grills to them. It is only natural that the baby is fascinated by the outside world. But climbing out of the window is certainly not an option. This measure shall protect the baby from any potential criminals who has the evil mind to abduct her too. Be sure to place the crib and any type of furniture away from the windows. This will prevent her from climbing to the heights from where falling can cause injuries.
Put a lid on every single bin including the dustbin in the house and add a latch on them. This will protect the child from the substances inside and vice versa. You will never come home to find a mess fell out of the trash bin. This will discourage the child from trying to pen these bins again and again.
Always keep the toys organised. Babies interact with their toys more than anything else which is why they need to be free of risk. It is highly important to pay extra attention while buying toys. Anything that can be choked such as buttons, eyes, broken pieces and caps should be avoided. Similarly, extra care to be taken to ensure that the toy doesn't have toxic paints or material in it. The battery or cell that is exposed or easily reachable is another danger with the toys.
Each furniture in the house must have the corner and edge guards. There are several varieties of products in the market including table corner protectors and bed corner protectors. These will protect your child from the sharp edges of furniture. Make sure that they fit perfectly and doesn’t come off when the child pulls it.
Any type of cord that is long enough to strangle the baby should be collected and stored in a height that is out of her reach. Be sure to put them back on the spot after you use them. This includes all the electrical cords including the ones connected to TV and laptop and the mobiles. Anything more than 30 cm is dangerous. Clothing with drawstrings also should be avoided.
Babies will have a tendency to push and pull on everything that is around. Each furniture in the house, especially the ones that can topple should be attached to the walls. Pay special attention to the tall ones like bookshelves as they are most likely to topple. Same rules apply to tall lamps too. They should be secured behind the furniture and be sure to hide their cords.
The most used electronic devices in the house and the one kids are most attracted to is TV. Since there is a lot of movement, sound, and light coming from the TV, the baby will try to touch it out of curiosity or for fun. If the TV is table top one, it should not be kept on low furniture. Try to keep it on a piece of wider furniture and not close to the edge. If the TV is wall mounting, which most of them are today, it should be mounted high enough or should have a table in front of the TV where the baby can’t climb up.
As she grows up, the baby will be more and more restless and try to move and reach out to things. This means you can't leave her next to the table for two minutes while feeding her. It is easy for the chair to tip over due to her movements. The solution also is as simple as the problem. Get safety straps and secure the baby to the chair. And attach the chair with a hook to the table. This will ensure that the baby stays in the chair and the chair doesn’t fall down.
Children tend to wander off in the house whether you are watching or not. Bathrooms tend to be slippery, and even a small amount of water in the lungs can cause the death of the baby. The baby gate will prevent this from happening. But, if the door is left open or latch isn’t working, adding a seat lock to the toilet will eliminate the danger.
Transparent doors and window glasses may fool the child. If the child runs into them without knowing their presence, she could be easily hurt. Marking them with colourful but unattractive stickers will solve the issue.
Babies love playing in the bath. They love splashing water and moving around. But falling down in the tub can hurt them. Never let the bathtub have more water than the baby can steadily stand on. The ideal height the tub should be filled is till the ankle of the baby. Adding a non-slip mat in the tub will ensure that she doesn’t slip and fall.
Some of us have the habit of keeping the bathroom buckets filled with water. This also has the similar effect. It is important to empty the buckets and place them upside down each time you are out of the bathroom.
They may seem comfortable and soft. But, they can suffocate and get the baby slide over. Never put comforters, pillows, or sheepskins under the napping baby. If the baby turns over and sleep on the fluffy pillow on the stomach, the chances of suffocation and accidental death aren’t completely out of the question.
Gather all the cleaning agents such as detergents, toiletries, pesticides, mothballs, and bleach and keep them out of the baby’s reach. If the child gets her hands on any of them, oral intake or touching them can hurt her. The wrong combination also can release toxic substances.
The same thing got to be done with medicines. Be it baby’s or of the adults', all medicines should be kept safely away from the child’s reach.
You might be used to using table cloths and placemats. But, it will be a great idea to avoid them for a few years. As soon as the baby starts walking, she will grab on anything that is within her reach. If she pulls on the table cloths, whatever is on it will fall down and can hurt the baby. It could be plates, glasses, or spicy dishes.
Fire safety is an important part of baby proofing. Today's kitchen hobs and cooktops have one touch auto-ignition that are not safe for children. Curious little eyes would chase anything that emits lights. So locking up the LPG cylinder and also the cylinder cabinet every time you are out of the kitchen is crucial. Cigarette lighters and match boxes should be kept out of reach of children.If you are thinking about getting a fire extinguisher, it might not cut it all. A smoke detector will ensure that you have covered all bases.