Continuing with Baby and Child Safety Tips in the Home…
While your baby is playing:
- Once the baby starts moving around like a wiggle worm and grab things, you need to redecorate your home. Schools, daycares, businesses with kids, parents and schools should definitely have these safety measures, when you inspect them for your child care.
- Anything that can fit into the toilet paper roll tubes need to be removed from the reach of you baby. Children can swallow these items and suffer choking.
- All extended electrical plugs, cables, cords or sharp objects should be removed from babies reach. Babies will pull on cords and the attached electrical device might fall onto him/her. All electrical outlets should be covered with outlet plugs.
- All cabinet doors should be locked. In addition, even if the cabinet doors are locked, all poisonous cleaning products, hazardous kitchen gadgets need to be relocated to top cabinets and shelves where your baby can’t reach. Do not rely on cabinet doors being locked, kitchen or bathroom doors being closed and certainly do relax because you are watching your baby. Do not put baby’s safety at risk, just to avoid spending 30 minutes in relocating stuff.
- Babies who are able to sit without any support, cruise and crawl should never be left unattended in the bed, on the top of the sofa, at the place where you change his/her diaper. It only takes a second – to turn your back – for your baby to fall down.
- When you see the sign that your baby is going to start crawling, lay on the floor facedown. Imagine you are your baby, identify anything and everything within reach that your baby
- can swallow,
- hit her/his head to,
- he/she can pull on and cause it to collapse over him/her, a
- any electrical cables or devices which are exposed and dangerous and remove them.
- Put baby safety gates by the stairs.
- Make sure your baby can not reach or play around pots with boiling liquids in it or make sure there isn’t pot handle extending out within baby’s (or toddler’s) reach.
- Stop using table cloths for a while. It could pose a danger.
- Make sure to put screens on windows and on doors or bars to create a barrier for the baby. However, do not rely on screens. Use your window stoppers to open your windows no more than 4 inches. If your windows, do not have built-in window stoppers, buy for each window.
- Pull up and wind-up your blind and shade cords. You can buy a cord wind-up or screw a fixed cord cleat to your window frame.
- Even if you can’t find some of the products to make a safer home environment for your toddler, be creative and make your own.