Baby Proof Checklist – How To Baby Proof Your Home

 
Ready for me yet?

Ready for me yet?

Now that a baby is on the way you must make sure everything is in order for their arrival.

Beyond the essential baby gear like nursery items and clothes, you also have to make sure everything is safe and secure in your home – especially when they learn to walk and become little avid explorers.

This is an absolute essential step to take seriously. Every year millions of children end up in the emergency room as a result of home accidents – accidents which could have been prevented with a little baby proofing measures.

While accidents may unfortunately happen regardless of any measures you take, by circumstances out of your control, you can at least minimize the risks as much as humanly possible.

List of Baby Proofing Measures & Products

  • CheckInspect your home for any sharp corners from coffee tables, TV stands and such, and cover them with secure corner guards.
  • CheckScan the bathroom for hazards.  Usual suspects; corner guards for sharp corners, a cushy spout guard for bath time and a toilet lid-lock.
  • CheckAnchor anything and everything that could topple over (shelves, dressers, TV’s, et cetera). Don’t overlook heavy things either. With a cabinet shelf sticking out of a dresser, it doesn’t take much weight to tip it over.
  • CheckInstall window guards on windows. Don’t think just because the window is located higher than your child’s height that they can’t figure out how to get up there. They may stack toys and other household items to peer out the window.
  • CheckMount secure safety gate at the top and bottom of a staircase, as well as high risk areas such as the laundry room and the garage.
  • CheckMove all chemicals, such as cleaning supplies and medicine, to a high locked cabinet and install magnetic child safety locks.
  • CheckInstall a Safety Door Stop on doors to prevent unintentional slamming/pinching of hands and fingers.
  • CheckInstall a stove top range guard, as well as stove knob guards.
  • CheckEveryday do a visual sweep of the home to make sure there are no small objects on the floor or anywhere where your child can grab and possibly choke on them (small or breakable refrigerator magnets are a key suspect, you’d be best to get rid of them altogether)
  • CheckTurn your water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid risk of scalding.
  • CheckLatch all drawers and cabinets that your child could get into.
  • CheckUse a covered trashcan or move it underneath the sink behind a latched cabinet.
  • CheckFind any electrical sources and install sliding plate covers or a big box outlet cover.

 

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