Baby Proofing Your Home – When and How
March 31, 2009 by Comments (4)
Because having a baby for the first time means you will be parents for the first time, everything is brand new and you are not quite sure when and how you should do everything. This is certainly true in the case of baby proofing your home. You have never done this task before, so you and many parents as well are not sure when they should begin.
Although you might be tempted to baby proof the instant you get your little one home from the hospital, you can wait a little bit. There is no need to proof your home until your baby starts crawling.
First, you need to be aware of what harm can be done to your baby because your baby’s safety always should be your top priority. You can start with the obvious. Get outlet protectors so your little one does not get hurt playing around the sockets. You should cover every outlet even if you do not think your little one will find it. Also, get latches for your lower cabinet doors.
You also want to keep your bathroom doors closed at all times when you are baby proofing your home. You do not want your child to fall into the toilet or tub because you left the door open. One of the best ways to protect your child is by putting child safety gates at the top and bottom of your stairs. These you will want to keep in place well after your child is in the walking stage. Now that you have protected your baby from the house’s dangers, you need to protect your house from your baby.
You can do this by getting down with your baby while he or she is playing on the floor and crawling around. Look for anything that you would not want broken. When you are baby proofing your home, be sure to move all small objects to a higher location so your child cannot choke on them. You also may want to take your proofing a little bit higher than where your child can crawl as well. It will be no time before your little one is pulling himself up. He will be able to reach higher things then.
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