September is considered a lot of things, one of which is national baby safety month. In light of the fact that many of my friends are new to parenthood in the last year or two, it’s likely that I know more babies between the ages of 12 and 18 months, right now, than I’ve ever known in my entire life.
With that in mind, I’m including a checklist for friends, associates and everyone across the internet for tips and strategies to baby-proof your home before and during the crawling/running phases of your baby’s life.
- Bathing: Did you know that there are companies that manufacture soft rubber covers to fit over your water spout? I didn’t know that either, but apparently if your baby somehow manages to cuddle up to the spout and subsequently hit their head, they’ll bounce off of it.
- Bathing: Slip proof mats in the tub and on the floor next to the tub are a great way to reduce injuries related to slipping around after the bath.
- Preventing Burns: If you can’t afford a brand new induction stove (like most of society) then it might be in your best interest to buy burner covers (so baby won’t have access to touch a burner) and knob covers (they’re often so childproof that you, too, will no longer be able to turn the stove on to cook dinner).
- Preventing Burns: Apparently if you leave a pot or pan handle hanging over the front of the stove, every textbook says that your baby is going to grab it! Avoiding this practice now, while you have time, will reprogram you to tuck the handles in in the future.
- Clothing: Don’t dress your baby in clothing with drawstrings, as they’re constantly pulling on everything they can get their little hands on.
- Furniture: It’s important to attach furniture and edge guards on all of the furniture in your home.
- Furniture: How pissed would you be if your 60″ Flat Screen took a dive for the floor? How mad could you be at the baby for causing the topple??
- Toilets: There are seat locks. Invest in one for each toilet–you can’t always rely on the “closing the bathroom door” method with a baby around–they’re good at door knobs early on.
- Window cords: Cut off or tie up the dangling cords on windows for baby’s safety.
Of course there are 49000 other things you’ll need to do to prepare for baby’s adventure in crawling and walking, but this should give you a great idea on how to start.
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Contributed by Alexandra Horblitt for North Broward Insurance Solutions