You’ve got several months before baby learns how to roll over and crawl, so there’s no need to rush baby proofing your home, right? I would argue with that notion any day. For me, the quietest and most low-key time was before my daughter arrived. Yes I had a handful of pregnancy symptoms that I would not wish on my worst enemy. Just to name a few: I packed on 55 lbs., my lower back was killing me, I had major acne on my face and back (YUCK!) and a miserable case of the P.U.P.P.S. for a week. At that point, improper rationalizing encouraged me to neglect going the extra mile in baby proofing my home. In other words, I decided to wait for a few months. Boy, did that backfire. After my daughter was born, parenting life went into light speed and before I knew it, my husband and I become so incredibly busy, baby proofing become a daunting, gradual task that we could only fit in sparingly.
As a parent, it’s up to you to keep your baby safe. When your tot learns to crawl, he or she can get into lots of trouble if your house isn’t properly baby proofed. Here is a list of important baby proofing items you need to keep your wee one out of harm’s way on every journey.
- Outlet Covers – For some reason babies are fascinated with electrical outlets. It’s important to cover every outlet to keep your baby safe from shocks or worse.
- Baby Gates – Security gates are a parent’s best friend! These will help to keep your baby in rooms that are baby-safe and out of non-baby zones. Put gates across doorways, at top of stairs and even on your outside deck. Find more info on baby gate safety here http://www.simplybabyfurniture.com/baby-safety-baby-gates-101.html
- Baby Monitor – To give you a little freedom and keep your baby safe, it’s a good idea to get a baby monitor. You can decide if you want an audio only or audio and video monitor (I got a video one. Trust me, it’s well worth the extra money). Place it in your nursery when your baby is napping and you’ll be able to do your daily chores while keeping an eye and ear on your baby from afar.
- Supervise All Baby/Pet Encounters – Never leave pets alone with your baby. Best to keep pets out of the nursery.
- Lock Cabinets and Drawers – Get baby proof locks for all low cabinets and drawers so you can keep non-baby items out of your wee one’s reach.
- Get Down to Your Baby’s Level – Pick up everything in crawling range to keep your baby from eating or touching items that aren’t baby-safe.
- Corner Bumpers – Keep your baby safe from sharp corners on end tables or other furniture by getting bumpers for every pointed edge.
- Cord Retractors – Keep all dangling cords from shades and plugged in cords from lamps and accessories hidden with cord retractors. This will keep your baby from pulling on the cords and getting hurt.
- Do Plant Research – Did you know that 75% of houseplants are poisonous? Babies will eat anything they can put in their mouth so make sure to do research before buying plants for your home to make sure they’re baby-safe.
- Locks for Toilet – Get locks for your toilet seats. Babies can drown in small amounts of water and they also don’t realize that toilet water is not for drinking. This will keep your dog from drinking out of the toilet too!
- SIDS – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the leading cause of infant deaths every year. There is no cure, but research has shown that there are preventative measures you can take to reduce the chance of SIDS. Here is a fantastic resource to help you make sure your baby has a safe sleep environment, http://www.simplybabyfurniture.com/keeping-baby-safe-during-sleep.html
It looks like a long list, but seriously, if you start early and do a couple of these to-do tasks each month before baby arrives, you will have a safe, baby proofed home in no time!