Is Your Home Safe For Your Baby?
It’s time to bring your baby home! This is an exciting as well as exhausting time for new parents. After you have settled in and are getting used to having a newborn demanding all of your time you will want to make sure your home is safe for your baby. There are so many different items in your house that you take for granted that can be safety hazards that you may get confused. Here is a list of some of the more basic and important safety tips that all parents should pay attention to.
General Security Tips
Always cover all electrical outlets with child resistant caps. Make sure the caps are snug and can’t easily by removed.
Make sure to have child proof safety gates at the top and bottom of any stairs.
Don’t use child walkers since they have actually been understood to have actually triggered major injuries to infants. Usage fixed exercisers instead.
Keep all unsafe chemicals on high shelves that are not reachable by children.
To avoid strangulation, keep all drape and blind cords very short.
Set up smoke alarm on all of the floors of your home, particularly where there are bedrooms. Changing the batteries every year is the minimum recommended by the manufacturer.
Don’t let young children play with very small items that they can put in their mouths and swallow. This includes toys that may have small pieces that come off easily.
Put padded bumpers on any sharp corners, such as a fireplace hearth or furniture corners that are sharp.
Learn about the plants that are growing in your garden and lawn. This will be important if your child decides to try and eat anything growing in your garden.
Make certain that any heat sources, such as a space heater or fireplace, are vented effectively. Try and make these appliances child-proof by putting screens around them.
Any firearms and ammunition must be locked in a cabinet. If possible this cabinet should be in an area where your child doesn’t play or sleep.
Stabilize unsteady furnishings.
Some homes may have asbestos in the form of insulation. If your home was built before 1978 you may have lead paint. Consult with a home safety firm to see if your home has either of these issues.
Make Your Child’s Bedroom Safe
Make sure that your crib meets national safety requirements.
Check to make sure your infant’s crib is sturdy and that there is no sign of paint chipping. It’s important to make sure that there is no missing or loose hardware.
Use the correct bedding for the crib and make sure it fits properly. Make sure the crib sheet is the right size and that it fits snuggly.
Never ever put stuffed animals or heavy blankets in the baby crib with your infant.
Never leave your child unattended on the changing table.
Remove all toys that may be hanging from the crib area, such as a mobile, as soon as your child is able to reach out and touch them. This is especially important when your child is able to pull themselves up into a standing position.
Always place infants under one year of age on their backs to sleep. Mattress needs to be firm and flat with no soft bed linen beneath. This is a critical point that all parents and caregivers need to keep in mind when putting a child to sleep in a crib.
Place any night lights at least 3 feet away from the crib, bed linen, and draperies to prevent fires.
Always inspect labels for any toys being used by your infant and toddler. Make sure that they are age appropriate.
Keep The Bathroom Safe
Put a child-proof lock on the medicine cabinet.
Lower the hot water temperature. It ought to be set at 120 degrees F or below to avoid accidentally putting your baby into a tub of water that is too hot.
Be sure to test the water temperature before putting your child in the tub.
You must never leave your child alone in the tub. Don’t assume that they will sit still if you leave the room.
It pays to secure toilet covers. Many kids are fascinated by putting objects inside.
Use mats and anti-slip decals to keep bath tubs and showers from becoming too slippery.
Most building codes require circuit interrupters on outlets near bathtubs and sinks.
Keep A Safe Kitchen
Make sure that all knives, cleaning products, and plastic bags are stored well out of your child’s reach.
Utilize protective covers for any front facing stove controls. This type of lock keeps kids from grabbing the knobs and turning on the stove.
Don’t let your infant sit by themselves in a highchair while you leave the room. Constantly use all security straps.
Replace any torn wires and cables.
Keep chairs and step stools far from counters and the stove.
Move all household cleaners and chemicals from lower shelves and place them in cabinets that are higher and can be locked.
A Safe Backyard
Make use of a shed to store all of your lawn equipment and tools. Lock the shed when you are not using it.
Try not to use power lawn equipment if your small child is in the yard. Even if you have them safely settled in a play pen, the mower or trimmer can shoot out projectiles that can harm your child.
Don’t permit kids to play on the yard for at least 48 hours following an application of a fertilizer or pesticide.
If you have a pool, set up a fence that separates your house from the pool. Make certain that the latch is childproof.
This list is a general guide. You can find more detailed information about crib safety and other baby products at the U.S. Consumer Product Security Commission website www.cpsc.gov.