Before your first child is born, you have probably created a comfortable, stylish abode that is perfect for your personal activities, social events, quiet time, and contemplation. But, once your infant is introduced into this environment, generally, things will have to start changing.
Before your baby becomes begins to crawl or walk safety precautions should be made. Put yourself at baby level and look for any potential dangers, especially spaces that are out of sight, like behind and under the furniture, and in corners. Everything should become suspect. Take the time to carefully check every room.
Keep in mind anything with small parts can be choked on, if accessed. Dirt from potted plants sitting on the floor contains dangerous microbes and bacteria that can cause serious diarrhea. Crystal, ceramics, and other breakables can tumble and create shards, causing cuts or lacerations. Furniture with sharp edges, such as coffee tables can cause bruises and black eyes. Your pet’s feeding dishes and toys can be tempting for your baby and will be explored by mouth and hands. Little fingers love to explore small holes, such as light sockets, and curious minds will lead toddlers to touch enticing glowing flames in the hearth. Plastic bottles with colorful chemicals for cleaning or handy work can attract youngsters to learn about opening them or tasting their contents.
These possible disasters can be deterred with a little forethought and preventive action. Many items that consist of small removable parts that can break, or are potentially toxic, can be but up high and out of reach of your child. Potted plants can be placed in another room, outside, or replanted in your garden. Pet items can be relocated to another area and most chemicals can be safely latched inside of cabinets and drawers. You can make or buy padded bumpers and place them on the sharp corners of furniture where your child explores. Light sockets can be guarded from prying fingers with electrical outlet covers.
Safety gates can protect your child from a hot fireplace, from falling down stairs, or from venturing into rooms that have not been childproofed. When these gates are used for the stairs, they should be placed at the top and bottom of the stairs to avoid a serious fall. Gates at the top of the stairs should have a secure latch, instead of using a pressure-type gate.
Hook locks or sliding bolts at the tops of doors, and secured screens on windows are important to prevent your child from wandering away from the home unsupervised or falling out of a window. This will also prevent predators or thieves from entering your home.
Don’t forget security fences around the pool or Jacuzzi to avoid a water hazard or a secure screened in porch if you live on waterfront property and need to guard against your child getting close to the water’s edge.
If your child is the creative type that still finds something dangerous to get into, don’t get frustrated or angry. Simply remove it and teach them about the potential risks as soon as they have the ability to understand. It will be a learning process for the whole family.