Baby Proof Your Home: 2 Easy Steps to Help Get You Started
Do you have a baby on the way? Or maybe you have a baby that's just starting to crawl or walk, a baby that is getting around and getting into everything! If so, now is the time to think about whether you are going to baby proof your home.
Baby proofing is one of those tasks you can do while nesting and waiting for baby to arrive. Here are two simple steps that will help you get started. Then you can check baby proofing off your to-do list before baby even arrives!
Start on the Floor
As previously mentioned in the article Baby Proofing or Not?, it's a good idea to lie down on the floor so that you can see the world as your baby will see it.
Once you have gotten an idea of where some hazards may be, you can figure out what needs to be moved, repaired, or baby proofed.
Not sure which baby proofing products you might need? Ask your friends and family which items they use or suggest. Things like plug covers and corner protectors are pretty standard. Also by doing this before your baby arrives, you can even register for those safety products for your baby shower.
Other Things That You Need To Take a Look At
Now you've seen your home from baby's perspective, but there are some things that you might not notice right away.
Baby gates were lifesavers in our house. But as you can see from the photo above, the girls were not fans of the gates. The gates kept the twins confined to only a couple of rooms, and away from the stairs (we also had a gate at the top of the stairs too).
You may want to anchor dressers, bookshelves, entertainment centers, and anything else that a child will attempt to climb on to the wall. My sister's one year old son pulled a dresser over on himself…a dresser they thought was heavy enough that it didn't need to be anchored to the wall. Thankfully he was okay and not hurt. But babies love to climb, and it's something to consider.
You will also want to ensure that cleaning products and other hazardous products are in places baby cannot get into (locked cabinets or the garage are good examples).
Do you have houseplants? Some plants are dangerous if eaten. Here is a list written by the Home & Garden Education Center at the University of Connecticut of common toxic houseplants that can be dangerous for your baby.
Please remember, no matter how baby proofed your home is, your baby can still get hurt. The only way to decrease the chances of an accident is by making sure that your baby is always supervised by you or another caregiver. And trust me; even then baby can still get hurt. I'm speaking from experience.
Did you decide to baby proof your home? Why or why not?