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Baby-Proof Your Home

When preparing for the arrival of a baby, most of us plan for cribs, playpens, toys, baby blankets, prams and so on. Not many of us give a lot of thought to one of the most important aspects - safety.

You may think you have enough time before your newborn starts crawling and getting herself into trouble, but newborns too can get themselves in tight spots. Once the baby comes, you're going to have little time if any to go around baby proofing your home. Before you realise it, months would have flown past and your baby will be sticking her chubby finger in all the electric sockets within her reach. So start planning early.


If you are going to be putting your baby in a crib, make sure the mattress fits snugly. There should be no open spaces between the mattress and the edge of the crib. Your child's head should not under any circumstances be able to slip between the mattress and the crib, as this can lead to suffocation. Make sure the slats of the crib are close enough so your newborn's head doesn't get caught between them. You could also get bumpers to prevent your baby's head getting stuck between the slats. Bumpers are thin, lightly padded mats that you tie to the walls of the crib. Cut bumper ties short though, so your baby doesn't get entagled in the long bows.

As soon as your baby can pull himself up, you may want to consider removing the bumpers as he may use the bumpers as support to get out of the crib.


Use a firm mattress. Your child's bedding should not be too soft. Although stuffed toys look incredibly cute in a crib, they can cause your child to suffocate, because if your newborn's head gets under a stuffed toy, he will not be able to move it off him.


Do you have stairs at home? The first thing you need to do is to place a gate at the top of the stairs, so your toddler doesn't tumble down. Keep the gate shut and latched at all times. A latch that clicks shuts into place is better than a manual latch, as you or someone else may neglect latching the gate closed every time.


Are your windows at home grilled? If you don't have grills, it's time to put them on now. Babies like nothing more than climbing up and looking out of windows.


Make sure the walls of your balconies are sufficiently high so your baby cannot reach the edge. Also, don't keep anything your baby can climb on, close to balcony walls. If you feel the walls are low, consider getting them made higher. If you don't want to block to view, you can always add decorative wrought iron rods to extend the height of the wall. If you have very small balconies that you don't use, now is the time to get them enclosed.


Keep all medicines out of your baby's reach. You never know when a bright coloured pill catches her eye and she pops it into her mouth.

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Denver.5 years ago
homes which have small babies need to baby proof it to avoid accidents and injuries. Sticking a tape on all electrical points, keeping away sharp objects. their cribs and bedding should also be baby safe.
Jolien.5 years ago
i make sure to lock ll the doors and drawers so that my baby does not get accidentally injured.
Vinny.8 years ago
all the electric points which are at a low height (accessible to the toddler )must be sealed. household cleaners and other strong chemicals like pest repellents, rat poisons are a very common source of accidents, either discontinue or use them with caution. after every use cleaners should be sealed and kept in a locked almirah. all the drawers and almirahs within the reach of the child must not contain anything that may be harmful for him/her like any glass containers, perfumes or things with sharp edges. above all the baby proofing nothing can beat a watchful eye. no matter how well u baby proof, the child must be under supervision at all times, esp. when he starts moving around.
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