Baby Proof Your Home for National Baby Safety Month

According to Familycorner.com, September is National Baby Safety Month!  In honor of this very important occasion, which starts in just one day, we wanted to create a post devoted to keeping your baby as safe as possible in your home.  As any new parent knows, homes can be potential land mines for a curious little crawler.  We decided to take a look at major parts of a home that could pose a problem to your child’s safety, if you’re not careful: The bathroom, doorways, windows, electric outlets and the kitchen.Bathroom

Dr. Kate Cronan, Chief of Pediatric Emergency Services at AI DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, states the importance of baby proofing toilets.  “Babies are fascinated by water,” she says.  One of the best toilet locks out there is the Mommy’s Helper Toilet Seat Lid Lock pictured below.  All you have to do is remember to put the seat down (which we all forget to do!) and Mommy’s Helper takes care of the rest.

toilet seat lock

toilet seat lock

Doors

Gosh, where do we even start with doors!  There are some that kids can run into, and there are some that you may never even want them to open at all.  Whatever the scenario, as a parent, you must baby-proof doors in your home.  Door knob covers and safety gates are a good way to keep your little ones from wandering where they shouldn’t.  To keep your child from escaping home altogether, it is also a good idea to have childproof locks on doors leading outside.  To prevent injured fingers, install finger guards on fast closing doors.  We found an awesome one from IKEA, pictured here.

Finger guards

Finger guards

Windows

Windows pose a slew of problems for baby safety.  To keep your little ones safe while they are viewing the outside world, try using cord protectors on blinds to prevent strangulation.  And on second or third story windows, use sturdy window guards.  You don’t want to take any kind of risk on that one.   Perhaps the best tip of all is to keep your child as far away from windows as possible by removing all nearby furniture.

Window Guards

Window Guards

Electric Outlets

Though life without electricity is pretty much unimaginable, take a moment and imagine some of the consequences electricity can have for your children.  Now, do something about it.  A first is to make sure you have outlet covers on all electric outlets.  This is perhaps the most important preventative measure you can take against  your baby enduring electric shock (according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 1,300 children are hospitalized for electric shock after sticking objects into uncovered outlets).  Purchase protectors for power strips, as well.  Electric appliances often leave a lengthy cord trail behind.  To reduce the risk of strangulation, make sure you tightly wrap loose cords.

Electric outlet covers

Electric outlet covers

Kitchen

Kitchens are a veritable forest of baby hazards.  For starters, the stove is an area of fascination for children.  Make sure you use a stove guard, as well as stove knob guards to keep it completely off limits.  Safely store sharp objects, such as cutlery, knives, china and all glass.  Also to keep well out of reach are hazards such as dishwashing detergent, plastic bags, vitamins, and other small objects, such as magnets.  You can use appliance locks on refrigerators, ovens and dishwashers.

Stove Safety Guard

Stove Safety Guard

Your child will be spending many years growing, learning and playing at home.  Make sure these years can go by safely and with as little worry as possible by following the tips provided!

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