Babyproofing the House
So you’ve introduced a new member of your family into the world. And whether they’re a cuddly baby who spends their time in your loving arms or a crawler, eager to explore the world – currently your house, one thing is certain: You have to childproof your home.
Here are some tips on babyproofing the house to get you started now and for when your baby turns into a walker.
When babyproofing, aim to make it difficult for the little one to reach hazardous areas such as:
When blocking off stairs, put a gate at both the top and bottom. Persistent babies may figure out how to crawl up the steps. The coming down may become a challenge and they can possibly take a tumble.
Redecorate or remove
Breakables are a high level hazards around babies and it’s best they are kept out of your baby’s reach. Stash that glassware you’ve been collecting on a high shelf. If any of the houseplants you own are poisonous. Babyproofing the house takes priority, so find ways to place your cherished décor statements and trinkets where it’s difficult for your baby to get at.
Learn to love locks
Locks will be your best friends as a childproofing tool. While your baby is still crawling, invest in enough cabinet locks for all your different rooms that contain potentially dangerous or poisonous products. These include:
- Cleaning products
- Power tools
- Alcoholic beverages
Get ones that lock automatically when you shut the door to save you from having to remember to lock them every time you open and close a cabinet.
Be wary of wires and cables
When babyproofing the house, safely tie up electrical wires. This will keep them out of your baby’s grasp. This is important as these are high strangulation hazards. In addition, try to cover outlets as this won’t give your child the opportunity to realize his tiny fingers may fit in those holes. When childproofing your outlets, replace the switchplates with ones that automatically slide to cover up outlets when they’re not in use.
Always keep your child in sight, and be extra alert in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Please ensure that you follow these baby safety tips. The wellbeing of your baby is priority number one. If you need any more information about baby care, visit your nearest Marie Stopes centre and make an appointment online
Source: Marie Stopes South Africa (Safe Abortion and Post Abortion Family Planning)
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