A Parents Duty – Safety First – Baby Proof Your Home

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As parents you worry day in and day out on how to keep your children safe from harm. Until your baby starts pre-school most of his/her life will be spent at home. Therefore, it is your duty to create a safe environment in your home for your baby. Here are a few tips on how to ‘baby proof’ your home to maximize your baby’s safety and well being.

• Supervise your kids
You’ll find a lot of safety gadgets in the market today. These will help, but supervision is still the best devise. Always have an eye on your kids wherever they may be in the house as electronics can fail.

• Mark out a territory
Put yourself in your baby’s shoes and see what’s within his reach. What looks tempting, where would you go if you could crawl, toddle, or walk?

Make sure to lock away poisonous hazards, including cleaning products, medicines, vitamins. Use gates to limit your child’s access to areas of your home that might contain dangerous items. Keep an eye out for tiny objects that your baby could choke on. Pick up any coins, marbles, beads, paper clips, and other small objects.

• Protect electrical outlets
Protect electrical outlets with outlet covers. Unfortunately the removable little plug-in caps can easily end up in your baby’s mouth. Instead, replace the outlet covers themselves with ones that include a sliding safety latch.

If you’re using extension cords in your home, cover any exposed outlets with electrical tape.

• Use caution with furniture
Furniture corners are a common hazard, especially those found on coffee tables. Cover all sharp corners with bumpers to soften the impact if your child falls. Keep dresser drawers closed when you’re not using them as they make perfect ladders. Be particularly careful to fully close file cabinet drawers, because pulling out one drawer could cause the cabinet to fall over.
Babies start pulling up on furniture shortly after they start crawling and when they learn how to climb, some children scale counters, bookcases, and anything else they can grab on to. Place floor lamps behind other furniture so that their base is out of your child’s reach.

• Secure your windows and doors
Low windows shouldn’t open more than 4 inches. Window stops can prevent windows from opening more than this.
Keep furniture away from windows to prevent children from climbing up and reaching the windowsill.
Use doorstops or door holders on doors and door hinges to prevent injuries to hands. Children are prone to getting their small fingers and hands pinched or crushed in closing doors.

Information sourced by: http://www.babycenter.com