Having a baby is probably the most amazing part of building a family and you’d be surprised to know how fast they grow. The next thing you realize, your baby is already crawling. By the time that they are crawling, they also learn to grab things and put anything in their mouth. And then they start to walk, at this stage, they will be roaming around your house and follow you even in your kitchen. But with every exciting crawl and step comes the fear that they’ll get hurt. You don’t want to worry every time they try to explore new things in your home. Instead, create a safe happy place for your growing baby. We will be listing tips on how to baby-proof your home.
Why do you need to baby-proof your Bria home?
You probably can’t supervise a baby 24/7, and you don’t want to be paranoid whether your baby will start a fire or fell off the stairs. Some studies cited the home as the most common location for an accident to happen for children. You definitely want to avoid any injuries for your child especially when unsupervised. Having Bria Home as a place for your child to grow and live the best possible life is one of the best choices that you could make.
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Here are the checklists to baby-proof your home
1. Nursery Room / Bedroom / Playroom
First thing in your baby proofing tasks is to make sure a bedroom should be a safe and comfortable place for your child. Make sure that the room is well ventilated and cozy for your child.
- Secure a baby’s crib
You probably want to have a peaceful night and you can’t check how your baby’s doing when you are sleeping. It would be the best option to put your baby in a crib. The crib will be your baby’s bed which will surely keep him safe from falling out of bed. The crib should be positioned away from outlets, windows, appliances, other reachable distractions.
- Comfortable bed
Babies who can already sit can sometimes bump their heads from leaning their back. Make sure that your baby’s bed is soft and comfy. It would be the best option to put a lot of pillows or baby safe stuffed animals around your baby’s bed
- Secure the windows
Window blinds should be cordless because a child can get his neck caught in a looped cord and be strangled. Also, windows should only be able to open 3 inches, about the height of an adult fist, or they should have a window guard.
You surely want your child to enjoy their new toys but of course it should be the toys that are appropriate for their age. You don’t want to give your child a choking hazard toy that they could easily swallow. It can completely block the throat of a young child and cause fatal choking.
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2. Living Room
Every corner of the living room could cause any trouble for your child. Take your time to check every part of it.
- Heavy Furniture
The television should be mounted or anchored to the wall to avoid the child from climbing on a TV stand. Concerning this, keep the remote away from your child. They could swallow small batteries from it which will cause severe injury.
- Electric fan
Your child could stick their fingers and cut them with the blades of the electric fan.
- Photo Frames and mirrors
Keep them out of reach as much as possible. Your child could drop a frame and the glass can shatter. There’s a huge possibility that your child could cut them with the shattered glass. Mirrors could be mounted or anchored to the wall securely.
- Socket plugs and electrical cords
Your child could easily unplug a cord from the socket plugs and power strip. They could electrocute themselves by sticking a metal object inside of the holes. Make sure to cover them with electrical outlet covers. You can also hide the dangling cords and outlets behind furniture or somewhere that curious babies could not access.
It is good to invest in carpeted floors. The floor is pretty hard for a child who’s starting to crawl and walk.
3. Kitchen / Dining Area
Aside from keeping your kitchen clean, it is necessary to make it a safe dining experience for your child. Make sure to follow these tips in baby-proofing the kitchen and dining area of your home.
- Baby Highchair
You can’t just feed your child while they’re on your lap. It would be easier and safer for them to sit on a high chair that has good support for your child while eating. It is also convenient for you to enjoy your meal too.
- Fork, knife, and scissors
Store away your knives and forks and other sharp utensils that could easily harm your child. Besides, these utensils are not necessary for their age. Instead, a little spoon could help them eat their food. The best option for this is to buy some utensils specifically made for babies, these are usually made of plastic.
- Lower cabinets
Areas on the kitchen where you put cleaning products like dishwasher detergents, soap, and those that contain harmful or toxic products should be secured in cabinets with childproof locks.
- Kitchen appliances
Kitchen appliances like microwave, oven, and stove should be out of reach. Never leave the kitchen with hot food that your child could easily grab. If your refrigerator can be opened easily make sure to secure it with a latch.
Tablecloths are not necessary because there are tendencies that your toddler could just grab them.
You can have trash can lids or locks, you don’t want to see your child touching anything from the bin.
This area of your home could be one of the unsafe places for your child if you will not do things right.
- Bathroom floor
It is necessary to keep the bathroom floor dry. A slippery floor could cause so much trouble. You can also use some rubber mats to cover your bathroom floor.
Keep the toilet close after use. It has the right height for your child to stick his head in. There’s also a possibility that your child could fall over and could drown them. So never forget to keep the toilet seat lid down. You can also buy a training toilet to potty-train your child.
Bath faucet could cause a lot of harm too. Aside from children could easily open it to play with the water, they could also bump their heads on it. You can buy some faucet spout cover to keep them safe. While some have a water heater that could burn them, so make sure to keep the temperature on a normal level.
- Toiletries and medicinal items
You might think that some other things are not dangerous but can be deadly. Make sure to keep them out of reach. Be mindful of the cosmetics and shampoos that can expose a poison risk.
5. The rest of your home
To baby-proof these parts of your home are also very important to keep your child safe.
Some children could accidentally lock themselves in a room which you don’t want to happen. It is important that doors can be opened quickly by an adult in case of an emergency. Some doors could slam on a baby’s fingers, you could make use of door knob covers.
- Safety gates
Baby gates could keep your child from entering rooms and falling from the stairs. Limiting your child’s space could lessen the risk of any danger.
Keeping the corners of your home baby-proof is essential for their safety. You can buy corner protectors that could cover sharp edges like on the square tables and chairs.
- Smoke alarms and fire exit
Smoke detectors or alarms are essential to prevent any worst outcome. Fire exits are very important too.
You certainly need a baby gate or barriers for pools and garden areas to avoid any accidents for your child.
Avoid planting prickly plants that could hurt your child. Make sure too that there are no poisonous plants.
There should be a child seat with safety straps inside your car, this will avoid any severe injuries while on the road. It is also important to apply stick-on shades to block the sun rays on your windows. While in the car, don’t put anything besides the child’s seat that is within the baby’s reach.
- Garage/storage room
Cleaning materials and tools should be out of reach. It must be stored in a box that your child can hardly access. As much as possible, a child should not be in a garage or storage room especially when unsupervised.
- Coin purse, keys, and paper clips
These are small things that could possibly harm your toddler. It should be kept properly.
Few last tips
Your home is where you want your child to grow happy and safe. Babyproofing your home is just one step to keep them safe. The best way to baby-proof your Bria Home is to see things similarly to the way your curious baby sees them. Roam around every corner of your home and be observant enough to see every dust. Having said that toddlers are very curious about anything they see. Affordable homes in BriaHomes will surely meet your standard to keep your family especially your toddler safe and happy.
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Written by Lysandra Faye Batac