The nursery’s perfectly painted and decorated, the closet stocked with adorable new clothes, and diapers are stacked by the changing table. You’re ready, right? Well, almost. Your home isn’t really ready for your new arrival until you’ve made sure it’s baby-proofed. Making your home safer now can prevent an accident from happening in the future.
Install Latches and Gates
Your little one will want to get into everything! Now’s the time to get down on your hands and knees and look at your home from a child’s point-of-view. Cabinets can be tempting for children to explore – but with potentially harmful consequences. Medicine and cleaning supplies, items thrown in the trash, even stairs and windows, can all pose threats to your baby.
Here are just a few ways to prevent injury from accidental poisoning, choking and falls:
- install safety latches on all cabinets, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms, and make sure that medicine and cleaning supplies are securely locked up after use
- use trash cans with locking lids, or hide them away in cabinets with latches
- install window guards to prevent your child from climbing or falling out
- use baby gates that are securely mounted to the wall at both the top and bottom of stairs
- add padded shields to table edges for protection from falls
Don’t Forget Water Safety
You might think water safety at home is a non-issue, as long as you don’t have a pool, but think again. There are water sources in your house that could pose a potential threat to a baby or toddler since they can drown in just a few inches of water.
Some easy ways to prevent water-related accidents include:
- turn the temperature of your hot water heater down to 120 degrees to prevent scalding your baby’s sensitive skin
- drain all bathtubs and sinks as soon as you’re finished with them
- put a lid lock on all toilets
Take Electrical Safety Seriously
Your baby will be crawling, standing, and walking before you know it. As soon as they can move close enough to an electrical outlet to put their fingers or some other object inside it, they’re in danger of injury from electric shock.
According to ESFI (Electrical Safety Foundation International), plastic outlet caps are the most popular form of childproofing electrical outlets. However, outlet caps have to be removed each time you need to plug something in, at which point they can be lost or find their way into your child’s hands, becoming a potential choking hazard. And, some toddlers can remove the plastic caps themselves.
A better option for keeping your baby safe is a sliding outlet cover, like the SnapPower SafeLight. The SafeLight cover closes off the outlet, making it impossible for your child to stick their fingers, or anything else, inside of it. If you need to use an outlet, simply use the prongs of the power cord to slide the cover over. When you remove the power cord, the cover slides back into place and closes instantly.
The SnapPower SafeLight also acts as an adjustable nightlight, so it does double safety duty, protecting your child from electric shock, and helping you see in the dark during nighttime feedings and diaper changes.
Advantages of the SafeLight include:
- it installs easily in seconds
- unlike plastic outlet caps, the SafeLight cover leaves all outlets free for use
- it costs less than 10 cents a year to use
- no more light bulbs to replace
- no wires or cords to worry about
- you can adjust the brightness with 4 settings: high, low, off, and automatic
It’s All Up to You
Your home is an exciting new world for your baby to explore. Every house is different, so be sure to look for places in your home where your child could potentially get hurt, and take preventative measures now, for an accident-free future.