As all parents would be aware of, baby proofing your home is an essential step that's mentioned in all the parenting books and parenting blogs. While it might seem like a long while before your baby starts moving around, but the first few months are going to be hectic, leaving little time for sleep and much less for anything else — including baby-proofing the nursery. Time passes by really quickly and before you know it, your infant will be crawling around your home in no time. Rather than leaving it to the last minute, it would be a good idea to baby-proof the nursery ASAP so that you'll have one less thing to worry about as you await the arrival of your new family member!
If you're currently lost and unsure of how and where to begin baby proofing your home, you've come to the right place! We've prepared a couple of essential steps that will help you to create a safe environment for your precious little one!
Prepare a safe sleeping space
The first thing you'd want to prepare when awaiting the arrival of your new family member is a safe sleeping space. A leading cause of death for babies between the ages of 1 month to 1 years old is sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), which refers to the unexplained death — usually during sleep — of a seemingly healthy baby that is less than a year old. Although the cause of SIDS is unknown, there are several factors that may put babies at additional risk. One of the most popular ways to protect your baby from SIDS is to allow them to sleep alone in their cribs on their backs.
Avoid placing the crib or bassinet next to windows, blinds or any devices with loose cords. You should also avoid hanging any decor above the crib, to avoid a situation where it falls and lands in the crib, potentially hurting your child.
Beware of any potential hazards
Take a look around your home and ensure that small objects like coins, pins, hard candies, plastic bags and small toys are not within your child's reach, as these items are potential choking and suffocation hazards. Similarly, secure any loose cords and wires to prevent your child from getting entangled in or strangled by them. Either tie them up or place them in cable organisers like these.
Keep fragile items away
As your child begins crawling around the home, they're probably going to accidentally bump into and knock over things in the home. You'd thus probably want to keep all fragile and breakable items away. Apart from protecting some of your favourite decor pieces and heirlooms, this will ensure that your child is kept safe, even in the event that they knock over any of the items in your home since there won't be any sharp pieces lying around.
Ensure that household chemicals and medicines are out of reach
One of the most common causes of children being rushed to the hospital is due to poison exposure, with some of the top products associated with pediatric poisoning incidents being hosuehold cleaning products. Save yourself a trip to A&E by storing items like medication, cosmetics, household cleaning products away. Either keep them locked in cabinets or in shelves that are out of your child's reach.
Beware of sharp edges
Sharp edges on furniture pieces like coffee tables, TV consoles, cabinets and dining tables could potentially injure your child if they were to bump and knock into them while they're learning to crawl and walk. Avoid this by covering these sharp edges with things like edge bumpers or DIY solutions like old tennis balls.
Here are some of our tips on how to baby proof your home to create a safe environment for the new addition to your family. We hope these tips have been useful and for tips on how to set up a nursery, head to this article: First-Time Parents: 5 Things To Consider When Setting Up A Nursery.