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Baby Proof Your New Home: 5 Must-Dos

Baby proofing your home does not have to be a super hard task. It is easy to overlook certain things left out on the counter or forget to plug up that outlet under the table. Make sure you go through this list and follow our five must dos.

The following tips will help you make sure you didn’t cut any corners. You’ll probably even find something on this list that you may not have thought of yet.

 

Areas to Watch Out For

Certain parts of your house need more attention than others because of the products that may be stored there. These areas include the kitchen, bathroom and any stairs.

The kitchen of course, is full of sharp objects and other trinkets that your little explorer may find interesting.

Bathrooms have germs as well as chemicals. Leaving the bathroom door closed at all times will help eliminate this area as a baby playground.

Stairs are always something you’ll want to look out for. It is too easy for your little crawler or walker to slip down the stairs and have a huge accident. Be sure to get baby gates to keep little ones from crawling up and down the stairs.

Ideas That Will Surprise You

Unless you’re a parent of multiple children you might not have considered these few options. These are the ultimate ways to make sure you keep baby safe.

Take a Look at the Water Heater

Always have your water heater set to about 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This will completely eliminate the chance of severe burns. Allowing your water to be much hotter than this can be very dangerous

Get a Toilet Lock

Toilet locks are designed to keep little curious fingers out the way of a slamming toilet. Installing one of these will also limit where your baby can touch, so that they don’t plunge themselves in a bowl of germs.

Move All Cords

Go around the house, into all the rooms and make sure cords are out of baby’s reach. Little ones love to put things in their mouths. Cords included.

Inspect Hand Me Down Baby Equipment

You might have family or friends that offer to give you some of their lightly used baby gear. Just make sure to fully inspect these items before putting baby in them.

A loose strap or broken piece could easily harm your little adventurer.

Watch Out for The Family Pet

You may have had your dog or cat for years, and years. Just because you trust your pet doesn’t mean they are not still capable of causing harm to a baby.

Most of the time your pet will not target your baby, but your baby may be antagonizing the pet. Babies are curious and often times put their hands where they shouldn’t be or just mess with pets in general.

Always keep an eye out for house pets when baby is around. Never let them go unattended.

Your Baby’s Safety is the Most Important Factor

Baby always comes first. You may have to rearrange or temporarily move certain things out of your home. All of this is completely worth it when you think about the possibilities of what could happen. Good luck and stay safe.

 

 

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