Monday, February 20, 2006

Baby Proofing Your Home

Before your baby starts crawling, and eventually walking, there are a few safety precautions you should take care of around your home. Baby's and toddlers are very nosy, and interested in everything around them. They want to know what everything feels like, looks like, and tastes like. Babies do not know that poisons can harm them, hot things can burn them, or that pulling a book off of a shelf is going to cause a lot of knick knacks to fall on their heads. But, lucky for you, there are some precautions you can take to make sure these things do not happen to your baby.

First of all, you can start by putting locks into all of your unused outlets that your baby can reach. The locks look like plastic plug-ins, but instead of a cord coming out of them, there is a plastic shield on the end. These locks are hard to pull out, and it will keep your babies fingers safe, so he will not get electrocuted. You can buy these locks at any hardware store, or any large retail store, such as Wal-Mart, Ace Hardware, and so on.

While shopping for the outlet locks, you should also look for corner bumpers to put on all the sharp, square corners of your tables. The corners on tables can cause nasty bumps and bruises, and even cuts on your baby's head. When your baby first starts to crawl and walk, he will be very unstable, and fall a lot. Since coffee tables and end tables are the first things a baby usually pulls himself up on, it will probably be the first thing his head connects with when he falls. Corner bumpers are rubber, and fit over the edge of a sharp, square corner. The bumper turns the square corner into a rounded corner, and makes it much softer, so if your baby hits his head on it, he has a better chance of not hurting himself.

Another thing you will want to buy when shopping for baby proofing products are cupboard door looks. Cupboard door locks will come with screws, which you will need to screw into your cupboard doors yourself. They look like a straight plastic piece, with a hook on the end. The hook will grab behind the lip of your cupboard, and needs to be pushed down to open your cupboard door. It is simple for an adult or an older child to figure the locks out, but a young baby will not be able to open the door. These locks will keep your child out of your canned goods, and most importantly, away from your cleaning supplies. Different products can cause sickness, skin burns, and even blindness. Since cleaning supplies are very dangerous and toxic, you definitely want to keep your baby out of them.

Besides cupboard door locks, you might want to buy a toilet seat lock. Many babies' are very interested with water, and want to play in the toilet water. It is very dangerous, since your baby may fall into the toilet. Babies are not strong enough to pull themselves out, and your child can drown in the toilet. The toilet lock will lock the seat down, and your baby will not be able to get the seat open and into the water.

One of the most important things to buy is doorknob covers. Doorknob covers go over any round doorknob, and will keep your baby from opening the door on his own. The doorknob covers need to be squeezed in a certain area to be able to open a door, and baby's are not coordinated enough to figure it out. Doorknob covers will keep your child from going outside by himself. They will also keep him from going down basement stairs by himself, which is very dangerous.

Besides buying things to baby proof your home, there are a few things you can do yourself. Make sure all of your chairs are pushed into the tables, so it is harder for your baby to crawl on top of them. Also, make sure all of your cleaning supplies have covers on them, and the spray bottles are turned to off. Never leave cleaning supplies sit out in the open. Always keep the lids to your washer and dryer closed, because it is easy for baby's to fall inside and not be able to get out on their own. Keep kitchen knives and utensils off of counters and table tops. Also, keep anything with small pieces like puzzles, jewelry, and coins out of your baby's reach.

Your baby is starting to experience new things in life, and is very aware of his surroundings. By baby proofing your home, you are keeping your baby safe, healthy and happy.

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