Unintentional injuries at home are one of the leading causes of child mortality globally. And the saddest thing about this statistic is that most of the injuries are preventable, and all that a parent needs to do is to baby-proof the house so as to eliminate the hazards facing their young ones.
Baby proofing your home is very easy if you have the right information and it is very crucial even if you think that you are a very keen parent. And so to ensure that you take proper and adequate measures to keep your child safe here are some of the places that you need to work on and what you should do.
Around The House
Many dangers around the house may cause harm to your baby, and they range from small things such as a sharp corner on your coffee table or other dangerous things like a staircase which can cause serious harm. However, regardless of how small a hazard might look you still need to baby proof around your house. The first thing that you should do is to install safety gates at the bottom and top your staircase. However, you should avoid using gates that have expanding pressure bars as they will not offer any protection and instead go for gates mounted on the frame of the door.
You should also control your kids’ access to certain rooms in the house, and you can do this easily with doorknob covers. You should use these covers on doors that lead to areas such as the swimming pool and backyard but ensure that adults can use these devices in case of emergencies. When Baby proofing around your house you will also need to put edge and corner bumpers on your furniture’s and fireplace hearth as they will help protect your child from injuries. Other things that you can do include preventing furniture from falling by securing them, in place, remove any looped cord from window blinds and also remove any free falling lids from the toy chests.
The kitchen is one of the most dangerous places for a baby at home and it probably only comes second to the bathroom. Most experts will advise that you should prevent your child from getting into the kitchen without supervision, but this is not always possible. And so the best thing that you can do to ensure his or her safety is to make it safe. Stove knobs are easy and fun to turn, and so you can be sure that the will attract your baby and so you should always make sure you turn them off and use knob covers.
You should have safety latches on every cabinet and drawer in the kitchen to ensure that your baby cannot open them. If there is anything poisonous in the kitchen you should always store is as high and hard to reach as possible just in case your baby was to open one of the cabinets. Also, make sure that medicines and household product are away from foods and beverages because a child may mistake them for a snack. Keep any kitchenware out of reach and make sure that you keep them away after every use and it is also a good idea to use the stove burners that are as unreachable as possible for your baby.
If your child gets into the bathroom, the least that you can expect is a huge mess. Otherwise, the bathroom has many dangers, and it is the most dangerous place that you would wish to find your baby. The first thing that you need to do is to install safety latches on all the drawers and cabinets in your bathroom to ensure that your child cannot get to the harmful household products. You also need to have a knob cover on the bathroom door to prevent the baby from going in, and it is always a good idea to keep the door locked at all times.
The other important thing that you will need to do in your bathroom is to install a toilet lock so that you can keep the lid closed when not in use. Toilet locks are vital because children are more prone to falling into the toilet bowl, and they can drown in as little as an inch of water. You also need to unplug electric rollers and dryers after use to prevent electrocution if they come into contact with water in the bathroom. Also, make sure that you cover unused electrical outlets with safety caps and outlet protectors.
The living room is one of the places that you spend a lot of time with your baby, and so it is vital to make it safe. There are several things that you can do to achieve things, but one of the first is to replace the sockets with ones that are childproof because most kids like playing with them. The next thing will be to check the floor for some small things such as coins, pins, buttons and nails because a baby can easily swallow them. Also, move anything with a sharp edge from high traffic areas that your child is likely to frequent.
Baby proofing the living room is not a one off thing as you will have to do it almost every day and so you should always check to ensure that there are no hazards for your baby. Electrical cords are impossible to eliminate in the living room, but you should tape them down or tie them up depending on which is safest and most convenient. The other thing that you should ensure is that your electronics are on a stable stand, and if they are on a raised platform, no cords should be hanging from them as your baby can pull the machine down using the cable.
A nursery should be the safest place for your child because this is where he will spend most of his time. Although most nurseries so not have many hazards it is still important to eliminate the few that may be there. You should remove hanging and mobile toys from the crib as the baby can harm himself with them unknowingly. Also, get rid of all stuffed animals and additional blankets from the kids’ crib to prevent suffocation. You should also never place the crib near the windows and always use cordless blinds or cut the cord in half as this will help to avoid strangulation.
Keeping your baby safe at home should be your number one priority, and you should never take chances with anything. You may be very keen and attentive but it only takes a few seconds of distraction for the baby to harm himself and so the best thing that you can do is to baby proof your home.