Make your Home Safe for your Crawling Baby
Your new born baby grows and changes so fast that before you know it he/she will be crawling. The statistics of household related accidents that can happen to your baby are frightening. It’s best to say that keeping your baby safe within your home is just as important as keeping your little one safe outside your home.
Baby proofing your home just before your baby crawls might become overwhelming for new and exhausted parents so it is better if you start making the major and minor changes to your home, before your baby comes i.e during pregnancy.
Here are some tips to prepare your home (and yourselves) for your newly-mobile baby!
General crawling and climbing risks:
- Crawl on the floor yourself to see what kind of dangers your baby can face at that level. Look for:
- sharp edges
- Small objects that your baby can reach which pose as a choking hazard or prove to be poisonous to you baby
- Objects that can fall on your baby
- Anything your baby can pull(drawers, light-weight tables or chairs)
- Glass doors prove to be a real risk. Your baby might try to crawl into it or bump his/her head. Try papering the lower edges or better yet, stick large pieces of foam on the lower portion of the glass.
- Baby’s love to explore and climb, so don’t leave drawers open and always keep an eye on your baby especially during this climbing stage. Once your baby climbs he might not have the skills to climb back down, leading to the risk of falling. Try putting your baby in a large play pen until you can devote your complete attention to him/her.
- Any wire or rope that can be found will be pulled, tugged or even chewed. So all electrical wires should be hidden or tacked to the wall. And any wires of the drapes or blinds should be out of reach. These can also pose as a strangulation risk
- Every chemical substance, from perfume and powder to mosquito repellents, must be placed behind locked doors or on high shelves completely out of reach.
Things to look out for in the bathrooms:
- The bathroom has a myriad of risks, the first being water. Babies can drown even in 2 inches of water. From the toilet bowl to the bathtub, look out! Try to get a special handle for the bathroom so that your baby cannot go in unsupervised.
- All razors, cosmetic, electric appliances (shavers, clippers etc) should be placed on high surfaces that are completely out of reach.
What to look out for in the kitchen:
- All pans and pot handles should be turned away so that your baby will not try to reach for it.
- Although many people cook with their baby on their hip this is not a good idea because your newly active baby, especially, will squirm and try to wriggle out of yours arms and in the process might knock over some pans or burn himself.
- Try to keep your crawling or newly standing baby outside the kitchen. There are so many risks in the kitchen that it is best to try keeping her outside.
Where baby proofing equipment is needed:
- A piece of baby proofing equipment you should invest in are outlet covers that hide a socket so that your baby will not harm himself if he happens to play with one that is within his reach.
- Another handy piece of equipment to invest in is a gate for the staircase. If that’s not possible then you can also wind rope all around the railing of the stairs so that your baby cannot fall through the sides of the railings.
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