When you have a baby in your home, something that is constantly on your mind is doing whatever it is that you can to make sure that they’re safe and sound. This is fairly easy to do when they are newborns because they are usually in your arms, in a swing or asleep in their crib. However, once they become toddlers and they are able to move about a bit easier on their own, it can be a real challenge to try and keep them from getting into things.
That’s why we wanted to provide you with a list of five ways that you can make your home safe for your baby. If you apply all of these, we guarantee that you’ll have more peace of mind as your baby continues to grow and develop.
Get a gate. If you have stairs in your house, you’re definitely going to need a safety gate to keep your child from trying to get up or down the stairs on their own. Target, Wal-Mart and Amazon all carry them.
Clear the air. Clean, fresh air is something that everyone should breathe, regardless of their age; however, it’s extremely important that a baby gets air that is of the best quality. You can do this by opening up the windows (so long as they have a screen in them). Having exhaust fans in the kitchens and bathrooms. Purchasing a dehumidifier for the basement. Keeping pets out of their bedroom. Buying a Spider plant or an English ivy (they help to naturally detoxify the air). And making sure that no one smokes inside of the house.
Buy some outlet covers. As your child begins to crawl and walk, outlets may become somewhat intriguing to them. Yet as we all know, if they try and stick something inside of one, they run the risk of electrical shock. That’s why you must make sure to attach covers on all of the outlets. You can easily find outlet covers at stores like Toys “R” Us, Lowes and Home Depot.
Keep the crib away from the window. There will come a time when your child will start trying to figure out how to get out of their crib and usually it’s while you’re asleep or in another room. That is why it’s so important to not have their crib anywhere close to a window. Not only do you want to protect them from the possible risk of falling out of it, but there are some children who have accidentally strangled themselves with the cord from the window blinds or the fabric from their drapes. For this reason, when it comes to the baby’s bedroom decor, you might want to go with some Roman shades or interior awning instead.
Get an alarm and a monitor. You never know when you and your family will need to avoid a heating emergency such as a fire in the kitchen. For this reason, there is usually a smoke alarm on every floor of the house; however, when you have a baby, it is imperative that you also have one that is in your child’s bedroom. Also, make sure to invest in a carbon monoxide monitor too. Being that it is both a colorless and odorless gas, you don’t want to wait until it’s too late to discover that you have some kind of leak in your home. With the help of a monitor, both you and your baby will have absolutely nothing to worry about.