When you have a little one crawling or toddling through your home, it is essential to take certain safety precautions. What at first appeared to be just a regular house or apartment suddenly becomes a potential danger zone!
Wires, splintering wood, stairs, rugs and wobbly bookcases are just a few of the hazards that you will need to deal with to keep your baby safe at home. Following these five simple yet effective tips will enable you to play with your baby at home with total peace of mind.
1. Get A Baby Safety Gate.
A safety gate is essential if you are going to have your baby sleeping or playing upstairs. Once they begin to crawl for themselves, stairs become a hazard. You do not want your baby to slip when they are playing at the top of the stairs, and a safety gate makes it impossible for them to access the stairway.
These items are not just for stairways, however. If there is a certain room that you do not want your baby to play in yet (such as the kitchen, due to a large number of electrical appliances), placing a safety gate in the doorway will prevent your baby from accessing that room.
2. Tidy Your Shelves And Stabilize Them.
When babies reach up to grab something from a low lying shelf (such as a tempting and priceless ornament), this can be dangerous as they can smash the ornament – or pull it onto themselves. In addition, if your shelves, chests of drawers and bookcases are wobbly, the danger is that baby may pull the item of furniture over on to themselves.
The solution? Do no put anything tempting, dangerous or precious on low down shelves where babies can grab them. Save those beautiful vases for the shelves on the wall, placed at adult head height. And, keep those items of furniture stable – test them yourself, and screw bookcases into the wall if you have to.
3. Tidy All Wires Away.
Babies love putting things into their mouths and grabbing anything that looks even a little interesting. Electrical wires can be a real hazard, so purchase a cable tidy box or a similar item to keep all of those stray wires safe, together and out of the reach of curious little hands.
4. Keep The Place Clean.
As they crawl through the floor on their palms, drop their pacifier and put it back in their mouth, grab that intriguing toy and put that in their mouth too babies can potentially pick up a lot of germs. So, it is so important to keep your floors super clean when your baby is playing on them.
Do not use strong or harmful chemicals on floors and carpets – remember, your baby’s little palms are going to be in contact with them! But, do try and give everything a daily vacuum and wipe so that it is a nice and safe environment for your little one to explore. If you have a wooden floor check it for splinter-prone places and have those sanded down and covered with a safe finish.
5. Purchase A Baby Monitor.
Baby monitors are so useful. They come in two parts. You have one part of the monitor with your baby at all times (whether that means in their crib or in the room that they are playing in), and one part with you. Most monitors are two-way so that they enable you to hear your baby but they also enable you to talk to them.
All in all, they are a fantastic way to stay in contact with your little one no matter where you are in the home. Baby monitors can alert you to everything from a change in breathing patterns to a cry for food, and as such they are definitely a good investment.
The five tips above are so easy to apply and yet they can make such a huge difference to the safety of your home. So what are you waiting for? Get to work today and start making your house or apartment a safe and fun place for your baby to play.
About The Author
Crystal is the founder of MakeYourBabyLaugh. She wrote the blog to help parents who are struggling to raise their children. She hopes that her experiences in child-rearing can inspire and help parents overcome their parenting struggles