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A Guide to Childproofing for New Parents

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It’s extremely fun to shop for toys and clothing once baby is born and it is exciting to bring the baby home from the hospital.  What you cannot overlook, however, is the dangers that can happen if you do not keep household dangers away from your child.  You need to shop for childproofing items and use a lot of common sense in order to protect the baby from choking, burn, drowning and other injury hazards.  

Childproofing your home is vital to the health and safety of your home and you need to be thinking of it before you bring baby home from the hospital.  There are many ways you can baby proof your home ahead of time so that your toddler or infant is protected from injuries, accidents or other tragic events.  

Your House Needs To Be Both Kid-Friendly And Kid-Safe 

You can achieve this by childproofing the house as much as possible.  It is vital to do things to prevent your child from drinking poisonous products,, chewing on dangerous electrical cords, getting electrocuted on an outlet, falling down the stairs, or drowning in the toilet. Even a table cloth can be dangerous as baby can bring the contents of a table top down onto them.  

Remember that toddlers can climb up on things or have things tip over on them when trying to stand up.  All of this can happen with a moment’s notice so it is important to keep up on the possible dangers and know what you need to do to keep your baby and your toddler safe. 

Door and Stairs Safety

When you childproof, you put in child safety gates at the tops and bottoms of all stairs.  You need to keep your child safe at both ends of the stairs.  Put a plastic doorknob cover over any exterior doors so the toddler cannot get out by himself but you can get out quickly in an emergency.  

If you have open deck railings with slats greater than three inches apart, you need to install wire or plastic mesh in order to keep the baby from getting his head stuck or falling through the railing.  Acrylic sheets can be screwed onto indoor railings if you have an upstairs railing or stairs that has a wide railing situation.  

Electrical Hazards Safety

Use socket covers with sliders on them or outlet plugs that keep baby from putting wet fingers inside the outlet holes.  This can cause electrocution.  Hide as many sockets behind furniture as you can so baby can’t even see them.  When using an outlet, replace the plug when you are finished.  Make sure that you pad the sharp corners on furniture so that you won’t have the chance of injury to your child as he or she toddles around.  

Childproof the outdoors as well.  Protect baby from your pool or pond by fencing it in.  Check to make sure all outdoor play equipment is safe and doesn’t have sharp ends or bolts that can hurt a child.  All steps and ladders need to be protected with a nonstick surface so baby doesn’t slip and fall.  Always watch your child when they are playing, just to be on the safe side.

14th August 2009, 10:42
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