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Childproofing and Infant Safety Checklist

Childproofing Safety

An accident or injury can happen anywhere in your home. When you have a toddler or a small child at home, you need to be careful with things so that you avoid accidents as far as possible. Read on to learn about how by taking care of small things you can save your child from minor and major accidents.

When a child starts crawling he is capable of going anywhere inside the house and also outside if doors are left open at any moment. Use the childproofing checklist given below so that you can provide safe environment to your child who is now able to go from one place to another in minutes.

How to Childproof Kitchen?

Here are few tips on childproofing the kitchen.
  • Put scissors, knives, forks and all sharp things in a drawer.

  • Position chairs and stools away from the stove.

  • Make sure your dishwasher is locked even when in use.

  • Keep your stove locked and put knob protectors as well.

  • Put the garbage can behind locked cabinet.

  • Store glass objects and sharp objects out of reach.

  • Put aside match boxes and lighters in drawers.

  • Install childproof locks on cabinet doors.

  • Child’s highchair should have a safety belt strap between legs also.

How to Childproof Bedroom?

Have a quick look at the tips for childproofing your bedroom.

  • Put all medication, loose pills, scissors, coins and other small and sharp objects locked inside.

  • Tie the curtain rods and window blind tightly with clothespin.

  • Make sure the hardware on the crib is secure.

  • Make sure that the crib mattress is firm and flat.

How to Childproof Bathroom?

Go through the following tips and find out how to childproof your bathroom.
  • Never ever leave your child in the tub, unsupervised.

  • Place a skid proof mat when making your child enjoy bathing the baby in the bathtub.

  • Keep the water level very low.

  • Keep the toilet closed.

  • Supervise your child properly when hot water is running from the tap.

Baby Sleep Safety Tips

It is important to pay attention to the baby not only when he or she is awake and active but also when he or she is asleep. Have a quick look at the baby sleep safety tips.
  • Never leave your baby alone on bed or sofa.

  • When changing nappy, keep your child on ground. Never leave him on raised surface.

  • Do not make your child sleep on fluffy pillows or beddings.

  • Do not leave toys in the crib when your child is sleeping.

  • Make sure you put your baby on back when he sleeps.

General Tips to Prevent Accidents

Keeping some general safety tips in mind will help you to prevent minor as well as major accidents. Here are some safety tips just for you.
  • Do not carry hot food or drinks when your child is around or with you. Keep hot food away from edges and corners of tables.

  • Do not hold your baby when you are cooking.

  • Ensure car safety measures when taking your child with you.

  • Do not use baby clothing that has drawstrings, your child may pull it accidently.

  • When your child starts crawling remove mobiles and hanging toys.

  • Put safety plugs or covers on all electrical switches and outlets.

  • Install gates so that the stairways at bottom or top get blocked.

  • Control access to all unsafe areas with door locks, knob covers and safety gates.

  • Secure refrigerator with the latch and the lock.

  • Move cleaning agents, sanitizers and other toxic elements out of reach of your child.

  • Buy toys that are safe, lightweight, in good condition and appropriate for your child’s age and physical condition.

  • Do not leave your child unattended even for a minute near the pool or any other watery area.

  • Do not leave small amount of water or cleaning solutions in bucket.

  • Keep your child away from any open window or terrace.

The above safety checklist for an infant and a toddler can help you learn the risks for injury at home, in car, on playgrounds and in any place where your child could be taken. The checklist tells you what you should do to avoid accidents and to reduce risks. As babies and kids are prone to accidents all the time, you must keep monitoring them continuously.

How to childproof the house when baby starts crawling? Which accidents can take place with an infant at home? How to make sure that infants and kids are always safe at home? Discuss here.

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Asima.6 years ago
Childproofing tips are given in detail...good article.
Riddhima.6 years ago
Somebody or the other should always accompany the baby...never leave baby alone.
Surubhi.6 years ago
Childproofing is a must but more than that it is important to keep an eye on baby.
Pratigya.6 years ago
Nice article...childproofing tips are given in detail.
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