Finding out that you’re going to have a baby is one of the most exciting things you’ll ever hear! Luckily, you have many months to prepare for this new addition to your family. Making sure that your home is babyproofed will ensure that your bundle of joy is going to be safe when they start to get mobile. It doesn’t take long for them to start crawling and investigating everything around them. It’s a good idea to prepare now.
Put Together a First Aid Kit
AMP Smart talks about how any first aid kit worth its salt will include bandages, gauze, tweezers, alcohol-free cleansing wipes, cortisone, and some kind of antiseptic. Whether your child gets a small paper cut while coloring or they fall on the sidewalk outside, you’ll have everything that you need for a quick cleanup and dressing. You won’t have to hound your pediatrician for every cut or scrape. You’ll feel well-equipped at home.
Use Outlet Plug Covers
You can buy different styles of plug covers, but the purpose of plug covers is always the same: covering up the open socket so your child can’t plug anything into there and shock themselves. This is one of the first things that a child will find tempting, so take care of those covers now.
Block Off Open Stairs
You can teach your toddler how to safely go up and down stairs. Until they are old enough to understand this process, you’ll want to securely protect any open stairways from your crawling baby or newly walking toddler. Buy Buy Baby recommends that you can use a baby gate for this purpose, but make sure that you purchase one that is secure and safe—especially if it will be placed at the top of the staircase.
Secure Doors That Can Be Opened
Great Valley Lockshop cautions that if your toddler is tall enough to reach door handles, you’ll want to find a way to prevent them from opening doors and get out of the house. There are door knob covers that will require an adult to get the door open. You can also invest in a battery-operated door chime that will sound when the door is opened up. This will alert you that your child is on the move.
It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to babyproof your home, but these small steps can go a long way towards protecting your child. If you’re not sure where to begin, you can use this guide to get you started. You can also take a peak around a friend’s home to see how they babyproofed their residence.
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