Expecting? Prepare your home with this baby-proofing checklist
If you’ve recently discovered that you’re pregnant, especially for the first time, you’ll soon begin to experience a phenomenon that first-time-moms all over the world can relate to. Amid all the excitement and planning, your house will slowly but surely begin to reveal its hidden dangers.
Don’t let the anxieties of a pre-baby proofed home happen to you! Its time to regain your peace of mind with the baby proof checklist you’ll find here. Rest assured that a little baby proofing can go a long way towards transforming your house back into a loving, baby friendly environment. The sooner you can get started, the better, as preparing for your baby’s arrival will save you from the stress that no expectant mother should have to deal with during her last few months of pregnancy.
Make sure that precautions are in place for the unexpected disaster
In the realm of disaster avoidance, sometimes its what you can’t see that can pose the biggest threat. That’s why you’ll want to make sure you have solid smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on each level of your house. These days, there are even smart alarms that can detect both smoke and carbon monoxide all in one.
If you’re like many moms, you may worry about your own tendency to rip the batteries out of offending smoke alarms each time they falsely alert you to danger when you’re only trying to cook. If this sounds familiar, then a newer model, such as Google’s Nest Protect, may be a dream come true for you. Though a tad on the pricey side, these smart alarms will last you a solid 10 years and can be quieted from an app on your smartphone if they’re accidentally triggered by scorched popcorn. They even come with voice capabilities that alert you to the exact location of the problem so that you’ll know which direction to run if there’s an actual threat.
Add a fire extinguisher to your arsenal
Should you ever actually encounter a fire, take your baby and get out of the house immediately. That said, if you live with your partner or even a roommate, having a fire extinguisher on hand and someone who knows how to use it can save you from the pain of watching your home go up in smoke.
Make sure first aid and medical information is always on hand
We’d all like to imagine that our kids will never experience bumps, bruises, or pain of any sort but, unfortunately, this is just not realistic. You can either make your own first aid kit or even buy one that’s fully stocked for both first aid and natural disasters. Your home address should also be easily visible from the street in case you ever need to call in rescue personnel. You can even set your emergency contacts to be accessible on your phone even when its in lock mode.
Check to make sure plants and paint are baby friendly
Let’s face it, babies love putting anything in their mouths that can fit through their lips. Looking around your home with this in mind, make sure you identify and remove any harmful plants that may be lurking around your yard. Also, have a professional or handyman remove any lingering old paint that’s peeling and replace and seal it with a new coat. If you don’t have a temperature guard on your water heater, you can also ask your handyman to install one. Easy fixes like this adorable, temperature checking duck will also ensure that your baby’s bath water is always just right.
Room to room safety checks
When going through each room, check to make sure you have the following items covered:
- Get down and look at the room from a baby’s eye view and attach safety bumpers to every sharp corner or edge in sight.
- Make sure any rugs you have are outfitted with non-slip pads underneath. Not only will this prevent falls, but it will also save you from having to rearrange them each time your toddler goes for a crawl.
- Install so many safety plugs that your baby doesn’t even learn of the wonders of electricity until they have an extensive vocabulary.
- Install latches to any doors, drawers, or cabinets that your baby may be tempted to explore.
- Wrap the cords of your electronics, such as curling irons or hot irons so that they’re only as long as you need to use them. Your curious toddler won’t be able to tug on any low hanging cords if they can’t reach them. Investing in some heat resistant storage pads are also a good way to remind yourself to unplug and store any such devices as soon as you’re done using them.
- Check to make sure that none of your blinds or curtains have low hanging loops or cords that your baby could latch onto. Putting safety tassels on the ends of cords is also a good way to ensure that your child doesn’t end up snacking on a plastic cord cover.
Safety checklist for your baby’s new nursery
As the room that you and your newborn will be spending a great deal of time in, the nursery is a baby proofing must for any parent-to-be.
- Make sure you don’t cut any corners when assembling your baby’s crib and that every nut and bolt is firmly tightened into place. The slants in your baby’s crib should be at least 2 3/8″ apart or larger to leave plenty of room for your baby to slip their tiny limbs through without getting stuck.
- Start decorating early to ensure that all of your painting and wallpapering is done at least two months before your baby arrives. This will help ensure that their sensitive little system isn’t exposed to any lingering fumes.
- Make sure that your changing table is set up so that you can easily reach the supplies and won’t have to step away from your child to retrieve them. Just make sure that although they are easily accessible to you, they are far enough away to make them impossible for your baby to latch onto.
- Make sure that your child’s crib is situated away from windows and that any coverings you have over them are thick enough to provide your baby plenty of protection from the sun.
- Avoid placing any decorations directly over the crib.
- Never leave a newborn unattended with any pillows, toys, blankets, or comforters inside their crib.
Baby proofing doesn’t stop in the house
Don’t get so busy baby proofing the house that you forget about the car! To make sure your new child always enjoys a safe journey:
- Make sure their rear-facing car seat is properly installed. You can even have your work checked, for free in many cases, by a child passenger safety technician.
- Clean out the car with a vengeance, making sure you remove any loose change, pen caps, or other small objects that may have slipped out of bags or purses.
- Make sure your baby is properly shielded from the sun with a car window shade designed to block out harmful UV rays. Aim for one that isn’t easily removable and doesn’t come with suction cups that could fall off and be mistaken for a chew toy.
Hopefully, you’ve found some helpful tips that will keep you and your baby safe along your new journey together!