Baby-proofing your home is an absolute must. There are far too many perils and hazard that exist, many of which you probably hadn’t even thought could prove risky to your baby. In fact, nearly every room of the home poses some potential danger to the well-being of an infant or toddler, so we here at The Gate Adviser offer up this list of the essentials for baby safety in the home of new parents.
Toilet Lid Lock
There are plenty of things that could injure your baby in the bathroom, but the most urgent danger is the toilet. Babies are all too happy to look inside of, well, everything and when a toddler lifts the lid on the toilet seat, it presents the potential for a couple of threatening scenarios. The first is the obvious fact that it’s filled with water and if the baby lunges over and falls face first into the bowl he or she could drown. The second is the potential for the child to lift the lid, look inside, and the lid crashing down on the back of the head and neck, causing serious injury. Therefore, new parents must attach a lid-lock to the bowl. It’s designed to keep the lid shut in place and preventing the toddler from lifting up.
While we’re safeguarding the bathroom, parents should also get cabinet locks to prevent the child from opening cabinet doors and drawers that are at eye-level. Many homes keep harmful cleansers and chemicals under the sink and you must keep the baby out of these areas at all costs. A spill could irritate skin and the child could drink something that is toxic. But a cabinet lock will secure the doors and drawers of your cabinetry in the same fashion as the toilet lid lock. You have a few types to choose from, incorporating magnetic locks to sliding locks to spring release mechanisms, even cords, to tie the handles together. The bathroom is an essential room to have locked up, but these are very useful in kitchens, bedrooms, any room where a child can crawl into a cabinet or drawer.
These are a smart solution to keeping your baby safe during bath time. Washing your child in a tub can be a slippery affair and if the child wriggles and squirms too much, he or she could hit their head against the end of the faucet, causing injury. Even a rounded end of a faucet can pose a safety risk, but placing a soft rubber cover over the end of it can minimize injury and keep baby safe. Be sure to buy one that is free from BPA’s, PVC, and phthalates.
Tiny fingers shouldn’t get near power outlets as curious toddlers may find them too fascinating to ignore. If a child his or her finger or a foreign object into a socket, it could electrocute your baby and electrical outlets are among the most critical things that you must ensure are baby-proofed. A good way to do to that is with outlet covers that are designed to be attached to the front of the outlet. When it’s not in use the openings are covered with a sliding panel, when you want to plug something in, just move the panel aside and insert the plug. Having these covers on all of your accessible outlets can make all the difference in safeguarding your infant from exposure to electrical current in the home.
Any furniture you have in your home may very well feature sharp corner points. Those items that are low to the ground, such as coffee tables, nightstands, and end tables, just to name a few, could prove hazardous if your child should fall onto or brush past those corners by mistake. To avoid this from happening, pick up some corner guards which are designed to be attached to the corners for a blunt and soft contact point. They’re made of impact absorbent foam rubber and applied with sticky tape. Be sure to get corner guards that are latex-free, devoid of any toxic materials, and fire retardant.
Toddlers who are fully mobile tend to wander. This can be very dangerous, especially at the top of a stairwell or into a room with a lot of perils in the form of high furniture and shelves with expensive items displayed. That’s why a baby gate is essential for baby-proofing your home. You can find two different types, hardware-mounted and pressure-mounted, each one offering various advantages for use in different environments. Always use a hardware-mounted gate at the top of the stairs, the pressure-mounted version could get dislodged and rendered useless.