When you are having a baby, you’ll need to make changes to accommodate a vulnerable and curious little one. You likely don’t think twice about placing a hot drink on the coffee table in the morning, but in no time you’ll have a busy toddler who will be pulling up to explore the table and everything on it. This is why it’s important to babyproof your home and make it a safe place for your new family member.
Babyproof Your Home for a Newborn
Set a Lower Temperature on the Water Heater
Set the temperature to below 120 degrees F (48 degrees C) on your water heater. A safe temperature for bathwater is around 100 degrees. With the water heater set below 120, you can safely bathe your infant without fear of scalds or burns. Older babies will enjoy turning knobs and playing with water, so the lower temperature will help to keep them safe.
Make sure your baby’s crib meets the safety regulations. Here are the things you should check for:
- Make sure there is no space between the mattress and the sides of the crib.
- Assemble the crib carefully and securely so there are no loose parts.
- Verify the slats are spaced no further than 2 3/8 inches apart.
- The crib should be placed away from heaters, windows, and cords or strings (like from window blinds).
Look for Safety Concerns
Think about your home from the perspective of the baby – lying on the floor, rolling over, and eventually beginning to crawl around. Will a heavy decoration come tumbling off the shelf if the baby bumps into it? Can they pull a floor lamp over if they try to stand while holding on to it?
Move heavy objects from high, open places where they could fall. Anchor your shelves, cabinets, and other heavy furniture that could be a hazard securely to the wall.
As your little one starts to move around and explore the world, look at other areas that could be dangerous. You’ll need to babyproof further when your baby becomes mobile.
Babyproof Your Home for a Toddler
Keep Poisons Out of Reach
Inspect your home for anything in the baby’s path that could be harmful if swallowed. This includes poisonous plants in the home or yard, vitamins and medicines, cleaning products, laundry detergent, and other chemicals. Put these dangerous items out of reach and install locks on the cabinets.
Cover Electric Outlets
Use outlet covers or place furniture in front of electrical outlets. Be careful of exposed wires and cords to appliances or electronics. Not only do those cords pose a danger of electrical shock, but they are also a strangling and tripping hazard.
Use Corner Protectors to Babyproof Your Home
When learning to stand and walk, infants will bump into or fall on furniture, so check for sharp corners on nightstands and coffee tables. Cover them with soft, rounded corner guards.
Babyproofing your home will give you peace of mind that you’ve taken steps to keep your baby safe.