Keeping Baby Safe

November 17, 2015

baby sitting in front of christmas tree with baby gate

After about 7 months or so, your baby will start crawling and eventually graduate to walking. This is also when their curiosity peaks and they seem to get (or try to get) into everything they can reach. 

To prevent any accidents or injuries from happening, you'll need to baby proof your home...but still make it livable for the rest of the family. The key is to put yourself in the baby's shoes and visualize how they see things at floor level. Don't be afraid to get down and crawl around your house. 

Here's a rundown of the most common household hazards and how to remove them from your infant's path. 

ALL Rooms:

  • Install baby gates to block off stairs and any rooms you don't want baby to go into
  • Cover all outlets that are not in use
  • Add padding to or even temporarily remove any furniture with sharp edges
  • Keep all drawers closed so baby can't reach up and pull them out
  • Cover any exposed wires or cables that are within baby's reach
  • Install door knob covers
  • Use door pinch guards to prevent fingers from being caught in the door
  • Cover any heating vents or radiators to avoid potential burns
  • Use cord shorteners for blinds and curtains
  • Install window guards or adjust windows so they cannot be opened more than 3 inches
  • Invest in both a smoke detector and a carbon monoxide detector (if you don't have them already) -- replace the batteries once a year
  • Secure all rugs with non-skid backing
  • Repair any loose flooring, such as tiles or carpeting, to prevent tripping
  • Keep house plants off the ground and out of baby's reach (consider hanging them from the ceiling)


Kitchen & Dining Room:

  • Lock all cabinets, especially the ones with dangerous chemicals and sharp objects
  • Keep the oven locked and remove any towels hanging from the handle (babies like to pull on them)
  • Cover all knobs on the stove
  • Install stove splash guard
  • Keep garbage within a latched cabinet or use a garbage bin with a secure locking mechanism
  • Remove tablecloths to prevent baby from pulling them down (consider using placemats instead)


Bathroom:

  • Lock all cabinets
  • Install a toilet lock
  • Set your water heater at 120° F or lower to prevent scalding
  • Add a bath tub spout cover
  • Lay down non-skid strips in the tub to help prevent your child from slipping
  • If you're giving your baby a bath, never leave them unattended, even for a minute (they can drown in as little as an inch of water)


Nursery & Kids Rooms:

  • Remove loose items from the crib, such as stuffed animals, pillows, blankets and bumpers (baby could potentially suffocate on these items)
  • Use snug fitting sleepwear instead of a blanket to keep baby warm
  • Crib slats should not be more than 2 3/8 inches apart so baby cannot slip through
  • Once your baby can push up on their hands and knees, remove the mobile and anything hanging around the crib area to avoid them from being pulled down
  • Keep night lights away from drapery and bedding
  • Move changing station items, such as lotions and wipes, away from baby's reach
  • Use a toy box with a lightweight lid and safety hinges or remove the lid completely


Living Room:

  • Fasten or anchor down large furniture to prevent them from tipping if your baby tries to climb on them
  • Store remote controls and batteries somewhere out of their reach
  • Remove any small objects from the floor or surfaces within baby's reach to prevent choking
  • Use a fireplace screen, if you have a fireplace


Taking a few simple precautions can help to keep your little one safe. Of course, keeping a close eye on them is the best way to keep them out of harms way.

Sometimes pets can even show their maternal instincts. Watch what this cat does when she spotted a toddler playing with the dials on an oven.


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