When it comes to your child, you can never be too careful. On average, babies crawl at 8 months, which means many get moving even earlier. A crawling baby will soon start pulling up, too, which means counters and other surfaces are no longer beyond reach. That is why it is extremely important to child proof your home BEFORE your baby starts to crawl, and with these helpful tips from professional childproofer Todd, from Allsafe Childproofing Inc. you can be sure to make your home safe for your baby. Because remember…it’s sometimes the things you DON’T think about that are the most dangerous.
- Use warm, not hot water (do wrist test or use thermometer to make water 96 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Never, ever leave baby in tub unsupervised, not even for a few seconds.
- Use soft cover for bathtub spout.
- Use covers for bathtub knobs.
- Bathtub ring for baby to sit in (which is still not a substitute for supervision).
Electrical Outlets, Cords and Appliances
- Put outlet covers on outlets or block with furniture.
- Hide electrical cords behind furniture or use hide-a-cord device.
- Keep blow dryers, toasters, and other appliances unplugged and out of reach.
- Install gates to block stairways at bottom and top. Never use pressure gates for top of stairs.
- If railings have openings wider than 4 inches, block with plastic shield, Plexiglass or other material.
- Use window guards and safety netting on windows, decks, and landings.
- Keep knives, breakables, heavy pots, and other dangerous items locked up or out of reach.
- Control access to unsafe areas with safety gates, door locks, and knob covers.
- Put locks or latches on accessible cabinets and drawers that have unsafe items.
- Keep trash cans in inaccessible cupboards or use ones with child-resistant covers.
- Secure refrigerator with appliance latch.
- Cut off or tie up dangling cords on drapes and blinds.
- Mark sliding doors and other large panels of glass with colorful stickers.
- Keep windows locked or install window bars or gates if you keep windows open.
If you are new to Babyproofing you can hire companies such as Allsafe Childproofing, Inc. to make sure you cover all your bases, and to show you things that you may not have even known were dangerous. Even if you have all the baby proofing gadgets in the world, the most important thing to remember is there is no substitution for adult supervision.