Every year about 2.3 million children are accidentally injured around the home. As a parent, it is your responsibility to make sure your home is a safe environment for your child. This means taking the necessary time and precaution to make sure that each and every room of your house that the child may enter is safe and childproof to prevent any risk of injury. There are many gadgets available to help with this process, so take some time to look for what could help. In addition, you could also hire a professional childproofer to help with this process.
Put Yourself in the Child's Shoes
Get on your hands and knees so you can get down to the view of the child so you will have a better idea of what to childproof. Make sure there are not any loose parts or items lying around the house that the child could potentially grab and swallow. Additionally, any poisonous items, sharp objects, medicines, vitamins, cleaning products or knives should be absolutely kept out of the child's reach. Many parents use indoor gates to limit their child's access to areas that contain these types of items. Keep a continuous watch on what might be on the floor that the child could grab and choke on or swallow. Many times you will be doing a great job of this upkeep, but any visitors that come over may not pay such close attention and accidentally drop something from their purse or pocket that could pose a hazard.
Protect the Outlets
Childproofing is an ongoing process so make sure to protect any electrical outlets as the baby starts to crawl around the house. In addition, if there are any loose cords or cables, you should use electrical tape to seal them so they are not exposed for the baby to grab.
Furniture and Fixtures
Items to childproof and continually watch out for are bookcases, televisions and any objects on or near the television set, dressers and drawers; which could be pulled out and used as a ladder, lamps and the lamp chord, as well as the corners and edges of coffee tables. You should cover all sharp corners with soft bumpers in case the child accidentally hits them to soften the impact and prevent injury.
Make sure to install gates anywhere that you do not want your child to have access to. Areas to consider gating are the bathroom and kitchen as they could have hazardous objects that the child could get a hold of. Additionally, make sure to keep all doors closed like your side door, garage door, front door, and door to your backyard or patio. If you have pets, make sure to keep your child separated from the pet until your child is old enough or the pet becomes comfortable with the baby.
Keep all emergency numbers somewhere on hand and easily accessible, preferably near a phone or the refrigerator. Make sure to put safety locks on all cabinets and drawers.
Blinds and Curtains
They often times have strings that raise and shut them. Make sure these are securely tied and not accessible to a baby.
Childproofing Your Bathroom
Any sort of water near a small baby could potentially pose a hazard so read more here about childproofing your bathroom. Some basics to keep in mind are to never to leave your child unattended near water. Keep your pool fenced and make sure the gate is securely locked.
Bringing a baby into the world might just be the greatest thing we can do, but it is our responsibility to make sure that a child grows up safely and is in an environment that supports their growth and development in a healthy way with little risk or hazard.