Has the stork come to visit? We at Step by Step Inspections would like to offer you our congratulations on your new family member! Of course, your little one is also the source of many new responsibilities. This is a time for both celebration and preparation, which is why we’ve listed helpful tips for new parents on babyproofing your home below!
Start babyproofing your home with the room your baby will spend the most time in, specifically the crib. While you might want to fill it to the brim with soft blankets and stuffed animals, remember that these can be a source of danger rather than comfort. Stick with a fitted sheet only. As for your baby monitor, keep it well away from the crib. Both the monitor itself and its cord could prove to be hazardous. Once your child is able to reach them, remove mobiles and anything else that hangs over the crib. As for your changing table, be sure to use the strap and keep all materials within reach your own, not your infant’s.
Your bathroom can be dangerous territory for babies and toddlers. Keep the water level low. BabyCenter recommends covering your baby’s legs with only about 2-3 inches of H2O and testing the water with your wrist or a thermometer to be certain that the temperature falls somewhere between 96 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll also want to use non-slip mats both in and around the bathtub. And never EVER leave your child unsupervised in the tub. In fact, you need to make sure you always have at least one hand on your infant at all times.
Around Your House
Furniture can be dangerous for crawlers, stumblers, and walkers alike. Cushioned corner guards and edge strips are affordable choices you can use to help make sharp edges, counters, and furniture safer. Never leave your little one alone if he or she could fall — beds and sofas are common culprits. Make liberal use of baby gates, especially anywhere there are stairs. You can even find versions that slide into place and don’t need to be screwed in.
As for electrical outlets you aren’t using, use safety plugs and covers or change the arrangement of your furniture so your child can’t stick fingers or any other objects into the open outlets. Wires and cords can be particularly appealing to tiny fingers. Don’t try to hide them under the rug because you won’t be able to see any damage. Instead, unplug items when you’re not using them and keep the cords well out of reach. And remember to install child-proof locks on cupboards in your kitchen and bathroom to secure dangerous items.
More Information on Babyproofing your Home
Of course, this is just the beginning of a comprehensive list of suggestions. We recommend picking up a copy of Jennifer Bright Reich’s The Babyproofing Bible for more tips on how to keep your child safe inside and outside of the house throughout his or her early years. After all, isn’t your growing family the reason you invested in your home in the first place?
Part of having a safe home for your children is bringing in a professional to inspect it, whether it is a home you are thinking about purchasing or you have been living in it for a while. Step by Step Inspections offers an array of home inspection services to suit your needs, such as Buyer’s Inspections, Home Maintenance Inspections, and Wind Mitigations Inspections. Contact us today to get one step closer to providing the safest home possible for your family!