Thinking of ways to keep your baby safe should be one of your top priorities. Infants and toddlers can quickly become mobile and get into anything and everything. Parents need to take precautions to keep their babies safe by baby proofing their home and teaching their children important safety precautions. As your baby grows from an infant to a toddler, they will become more curious about the world around them. This is an important time to start teaching your toddler about strangers and why they need to talk to the adults and other people you introduce to them.
You must also teach your toddler about the importance of holding your hand. Teach them that they are not allowed to go in the street unless you are holding their hand, and that you must walk, not run across the street. If you plan on leaving your child with someone, you need to have emergency contact numbers in a noticeable place like the fridge.
Ways to Keep Your Baby Safe:
Most parents look forward to the day when their baby learns how to roll over, sit up, and eventually start crawling. Once a baby becomes mobile, they can get into anything and everything. Their baby is quickly exposed to a world of dangers and they need to take safety precautions to protect their little one. When your baby starts to push up to their knees and shows signs of becoming mobile, you need to go out and purchase some baby gates. Most children start to crawl after the age of 6 months, and several children are able to scoot around by 6 months of age. There are several types of baby gates to purchase and you need to purchase the right one for your home. If you are planning to install baby gates on the stairways, you need to purchase hardware-mounted gates. These types of baby gates allow you to block off the stairs, but it has a latch that you can swing open to easily climb up or down on your own. The hardware-mounted gates will reduce your chances of falling or tripping because you do not need to step over anything.
If you have a large entry-room step, purchase a gate that is designed to be expandable. These gates will allow you to block off an irregular opening area and protect your baby from serious injury. Pressure gates can expand and block of a hallway or room. The pressure gates should only be used if you have a solid wood construction, like a door frame, to push them into. The pressure gates put a lot of pressure on hollow walls and they will leave a dent in the wall. Pressure gates are ideal for blocking off a room that is full of electrical wires, like an office.
You can also purchase a playpen or a play yard to place your baby into when you are doing other things like vacuuming or cooking. Babies should only be put into a play pen for short periods of time, like 30 minutes or shorter. Several playpens are expandable and you can place your child into the larger play pen for longer amounts of time.
If you place your baby in a walker and they are able to move around, you need to install baby gates on the stairs. Also watch out for loose cords or other things that a baby can grab and pull. The second your baby is crawling, you need to install baby gates to protect them from potential hazards in the home. The stairs will need a baby gate at the top and the bottom. You should close doors to rooms that you do not want the baby to crawl into or use baby gates to block off the room. Remember, only use hardware-mounted gates on stairs and pressure gates on wooden door frames.
One of the easiest things for a child to get into is cabinet doors. These doors pose problems for babies because they swing open and can hit them in the head and slam shut on their fingers. The cabinet doors also hold hundreds of potential hazards inside like chemicals, poisons, and unsafe appliances. Most households have a cleaning cabinet that has insecticides, chemicals, and other dangers. If you have a medicine cabinet in the home, you need to place the medications high and out of reach from a baby. There are several different products available that will help you baby proof your cabinets from your baby. Adhesive mounted locks, magnetic locks, screw mounted locks, and locking straps are all available to block your baby from opening the cabinet doors.
Get on your hands and knees and crawl around your home. Identify all the cabinets that are at baby-level and secure them with cabinet latches. Don't forget the cabinet drawers too; these can also cause problems for babies. Determine which type of cabinet latch you would like to use and install them on all the cabinets in your home. If you really do not want to drill holes in your cabinets, use adhesive mounted locks to secure the cabinet doors. Adhesive locks also work wonderfully for glass or metal doors. The adhesive locks have a spring-loaded hook that catches inside the door frame, stopping the cabinet from being opened. If you push down on the latch, it will open and you can get into the cabinet. Screw mounted locks work similar to the adhesive mounted lock, but you actually drill holes into your cabinets to install the locks. If you are planning on having more children, you may want to install the screw mounted locks and save yourself some time from un-installing and re-installing locks.
Magnetic locks work great for home owners that want to prevent their child from getting in the cabinets. You will need a key to open the cabinet door and it is hidden from sight. The magnetic locks are also great because you can disengage them when you no longer need them to work. You can reengage them at any time, so the lock will work and you do not need to uninstall them.
Locking straps can stop a baby from getting into dangerous cabinets like cabinets that have chemicals or appliances. You will secure the cabinet with screws or adhesive locks that are attached to an adjustable strap. The strap will click into a buckle and keep the cabinet door shut. Once your child moves into their toddler years, they may figure out how to unlock the buckle and can get into the cabinet. It is also visible for everyone to see and you will need to install the straps in two areas, causing more holes in your cabinets.
An easy way to protect your child is to remove the dangerous chemicals from the cabinet doors and place them into other cabinets. Move the chemicals up higher or place them into a pantry area that has a closed door. Do not leave your child unattended in an area where a dangerous situation can occur.
Other Ways to Keep Your Baby Safe
Babies can get into get into cords, electrical sockets, and just about anything you can think of. Purchase some outlet covers and protect your child from electrocuting themselves by installing the plastic cover into the electrical socket. They will not be able to stick things into the holes and they can't pull the plastic covers off. You can also install sliding safety electrical outlets. When you aren't using the electrical socket, simply slide the outlet piece to the side and a plastic covering will cover the electrical sockets. Babies are naturally curious and cords will be something they want to learn about. If you have computer cords, use adapter and cord covers. They will allow just a small portion of the cord to show and your baby will be unable to tug on the electrical cords. Purchase a power strip cover to protect your little one from getting into all the different outlet plugs you have attached to a computer.
Keep toys with cords or long strings away from your baby, as they can cause strangulation. All blind pull cords need to move up and secured with blind latches. Never hang anything in your infants crib because they can cause strangulation, as can pacifiers with ribbons or strings.
Never place an infant on a bed unsupervised. They can roll or crawl off the bed, and they can suffocate in the mattress. If you sleep in the same bed with your infant, use caution. You can easily roll over your baby and suffocate and crush them.
Clean your home often to remove excess debris from the carpet and flooring. Unintentional death can be caused by chocking. Your child can easily find popcorn kernels, raisins, nuts, candies, and other things that cause chocking in young children. Keep your floors clean and clear of any small objects that could be swallowed.
Use a temperature to check the bathwater. A water thermometer will let you know if the bath water is too warm and you should never exceed 100°F. Never leave a child in the bath unattended. They can drown in one inch of water. Do not allow young children to climb into a Jacuzzi or hot tub, as it can cause scalding. If you have a pool, use a pool gate to prevent your children from going into the pool. Always watch your children when they are around water, they can drown in a matter of seconds.