Parents worry endlessly about the safety of their babies. It is common to think that until your baby starts to crawl, you don’t have much to worry about. However, you should start preparing ahead of time as typically your baby surprises you overnight by suddenly starting to crawl and even before that he or she is able to roll around and get into dangerous situations.
Keep in mind that this will be an ongoing task as your baby grows since his or her eye level will get higher and higher.
How to start
To do a thorough job, you must put yourself in your baby’s position i.e. get on the floor and look around for heavy and unstable objects, blind cords, sharp edges and easy to open drawers or cabinets. Secure all medication (including vitamins) and potential household poison such as cleaning products. Use gates to limit access to dangerous areas of the house such as steps or rooms containing hazardous furniture or objects.
Always keep a close eye on what’s around your baby such as small objects that your baby could choke on. Coins are the perfect example. When you have visitors, you should be extra careful as they may not be as aware of what dangers they are inviting into your child’s environment.
Use baby proofing gadgets as much as you can. These include electrical outlet plugs. Check out Baby Proofing Tools for some ideas.
Never leave your baby alone in a room with your pets. Create a safe zone for your newborn away from all family pets. Your pet may be the most gentle animal but babies are not coordinated enough and sudden movements may seem threatening to your pet.
If you own a cat, be extra cautious as your infant can be exposed to the risk of contracting toxoplasmosis, which can be found in the litter box. Make sure you wash hands and surfaces that come in contact with your cat or the litter box.
Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas free of color, taste or odor that can deprive your newborn’s brain and other organs of oxygen and result in suffocation in a matter of minutes. Make sure your home is equipped with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
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