Baby Proofing 101: 4 Things You Forgot
As a parent, the most important thing to us is our child’s well being, including their physical safety. What’s the first thing we do when our baby starts to become mobile? Baby proof! There is the normal stuff that we all know about like installing outlet covers, securing nursery furniture to the walls, and installing cabinet safety locks. But are there a few things you may not have thought about. Here are 4 things you didn’t know you need to child proof.
Baby Proofing 101
Yes, your baby gate. If you’re a parent, then you’ll know that children are way smarter than people without children think. A traditional baby gate is way too simple and many children figure them out in no time. It’s very common for toddlers and even babies to learn how to open simple baby gates when we aren’t looking. When shopping for a baby gate, make sure you purchase a heavy-duty gate with a latch that is complicated for a toddler to figure out. Parent Guide offers a really great tool for discovering baby gates for your specific space and needs.
This one is important on where you are placing it. Babies are so curious, especially when they start to learn how to crawl and walk. When you are installing your baby monitor near your child’s crib, make sure to keep the monitor and the cord out of arm’s reach. 6 feet is a general rule of thumb.
Traditional blinds have free hanging strings used to maneuver the blinds up and down. You wouldn’t think this would be much of an issue because the cords usually don’t extend to the floor. But don’t underestimate your baby. If there is a will there is a way and these strings can become a potential choking hazard. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has pronounced corded window covers as one of the top hidden hazards in American homes. Instead, opt to install cordless blinds that maneuver with the push of a button and give yourself some peace of mind.
During the teething stage, and any other stage for that matter, babies and toddlers will put anything in their mouths. Make sure your favorite houseplants are kid friendly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, poisoning is one of the leading causes of childhood injury among children in the United States. Before you purchase a decorative plant, be sure to do your research on it. The last thing you want is to be calling poison control.
Child Proofing Checklist
For more information on what you should be child proofing, visit the website for the Office of the Administration for Children & Families.
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