Infant Safety at Home Checklist: The 5 Most Important Things to Watch Out For
When it comes to keeping your baby safe, you just can’t be too careful. There are so many things in our everyday lives that may seem completely harmless to us but can pose a serious risk to our little ones. You might feel like it seems weird to baby-proof your home before your baby is mobile, but really, it is best to do it sooner rather than later. Taking steps to make your home a safe place for your baby when they are newborns or even while you are still pregnant is a great idea. It helps you get a head start on things and means that your home is already as safe as possible as soon as your baby does become mobile.
1. Falling Objects
One very dangerous thing for your baby that is in your home is large objects that are not properly secured in place. This is one thing that is often overlooked when parents are babyproofing, but it causes a considerable amount of accidents, injuries, and in some cases, even death. Therefore, making sure that things like shelves, TVs, dressers, entertainment centers, bookcases, and any other large, loose object in your home is secured into place is essential when taking steps to make your home safe for your baby.
If these types of objects are not properly secured, babies or small children could end up knocking them over or pulling them down on top of themselves. This can be extremely dangerous as well as scary for your baby and should be avoided at all costs. Luckily, it isn’t usually too difficult to secure these objects into place in your home. You can buy products that allow you to mount, anchor, and otherwise secure these items to the walls.
2. Electrical Dangers
This is a more well-known danger to babies in homes. Babies love to explore and learn with their hands and their mouths. Chewing on an electrical cord can be extremely dangerous. Even if wires or cords are not plugged in, you should not let your baby play with them. Not only can cords be a potential strangulation hazard, but it’s also a bad idea to let your baby think that it’s ever okay to play with wires since babies won’t be able to understand differences between cords that are plugged in and cords that are not.
Keep cords put away whenever possible. For cords that must remain plugged in, keep the cord hidden and out of the way. You should use a box outlet cover that will allow the cord to remain plugged in while preventing your baby from being able to access the point where the cord is plugged in. Use regular outlet covers to fill all outlets in your home that are not in use.
3. Dangers of the Bath Tub
This particular thing that you need to look out for is especially important to deal with before your baby is born. This is because it is one of the few things on the list that can actually affect your baby from birth, far before your baby becomes mobile. Since you will be bathing your baby from birth, you will want to take steps to make sure that your bathtub is as safe as possible for your little one as soon as possible.
There are a few different things that can be potentially dangerous for your baby at bath time. The first step that you will want to take when making sure that your baby’s bath experiences are nice and safe is checking the temperature of your hot water heater. In any home that has an infant or young child, the hot water heater should not be set to anything above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It is also a good idea to get a baby bath thermometer to make sure each bath is safe and comfortable.
In addition to being careful about the temperature of the water for your baby’s bath, there are a few other safety tips that you will need to follow also. One thing you may want to consider purchasing is a bath spout cover to protect your baby from accidental bumps on the faucet. You should also never leave your baby alone in the bath tub, even once they begin to get older. Don’t leave your baby or young child alone in the bath tub under any circumstances.
4. Dangerous Substances
Something else that is found in your home that could be dangerous for your baby is different types of dangerous substances. These can be everything from chemicals used for cleaning to medications. All of these things should be put away and always out of the reach of your baby. The areas that these items are put away into should also be locked using cabinet and/or drawer locks. This will help ensure that your baby never has access to these potentially dangerous substances.
5. Hazardous Areas
There are many areas in your home that before having a baby were just normal, generally safe parts of your home, but for your baby, there are areas that could pose serious risk to them in your home. One of the main things that you need to worry about is if you have any stairs in your home. Areas with stairs should always be blocked off to your baby. Baby gates can be a great way to accomplish this. It is also best to keep your baby out of the kitchen and laundry room as much as possible as these are high-risk areas in your home.
Better Safe Than Sorry
When it comes to making sure that your home is safe for your baby, it is best to be safe rather than sorry. You never want to take risks when it comes to the safety and well-being of your baby. You should make sure to take all steps possible to ensure that your home is completely safe for your baby.