If you’re a parent or grandparent, or you frequently have small children in your house, babyproofing is absolutely essential. Babies are extremely curious and surprisingly mobile. They can get into the most unexpected of spaces and, of course, aren’t aware of any dangers or hazards.
But effective babyproofing can be difficult. It’s all too easy to overlook an area. That’s why it is important to have a good checklist to cover all your bases. Even if you have an infant who isn’t crawling yet, it won’t be long before they’re all over the place. Make use of the checklist below by Littleton Pediatrician to ensure that your home is truly babyproof.
Gates should be placed to keep your little ones out of anypotentially hazardous areas. This includes the tops and bottoms of staircases. Make sure you have installed the gates properly, as a determined baby can use their bodyweight to topple a flimsy gate.
Electrical outlet covers are classic but vital pieces of baby proofing equipment. While most children are unable to get their fingers into outlets, even the youngest child can easily grasp a metal object, posing the risk of electrical shock. Prevent this by covering every unused outlet in your home.
If you find it inconvenient to constantly remove and replace outlet covers, new sliding door styles are available that are both effective and convenient. Also, don’t forget to secure any cords or cables, including phone chargers.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, a professional group of doctors for children, recommends that furniture be secured, so it’s sure not to topple. Furthermore, pad any sharp corners or edges with bumpers.
Televisions and monitors present a special hazard. Flat screens are heavy and easily knocked over, posing a serious risk. Be certain they are out of reach and properly secured.
Any cabinet that a baby can possibly reach should be locked if it contains sharp, small, or breakable items, hazardous substances like drain cleaner or bleach, or pet food. Don’t take a chance. If you’re in doubt, it’s better to always err on the side of safety, and secure the cabinet with a baby lock.
Your pet is probably a cherished part of your family, but they are still an animal. You simply don’t know for certain how they will react to your baby, especially if unintentionally provoked. Babies should only be around pets under constant and close supervision. Otherwise, keep them physically separated to maintain the safety of both.
Any object small enough to fit into a baby’s mouth can be a choking hazard. This includes batteries, game pieces, pet toys, and tools. Keep any small objects away from babies at all times and make sure they are safely secured.
Functioning smoke detectors and working fire extinguishers are critical equipment in any home, especially in a home with children. Around the world, doctors for children emphasize the importance of these safety devices and having an escape plan in place in the event of a fire.