BABY PROOFING ESSENTIALS
TIE EVERYTHING DOWN
Tying down the TV and furniture in any room that your baby might be alone even for second is essential for baby proofing. Use furniture straps to hold down any heavy furniture, and don’t put a TV on top of a dresser (drawers can be used for climbing). Also, corner bumpers can be life savers. Seek out any sharp corners and edges and cover them with corner bumpers!
SAFETY FROM WIRING
To keep your baby away from cords and electrical wiring, use cord holders to hold long cords against the wall. Keeping cords tight against the wall can keep your baby safe from electrical hazards and falling equipment.
LOCK UP DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES
Protect curious babies from household cleaners, and medications by storing them in high-up locked cabinets. Installing safety latches that lock for any cabinet that may contain hazardous substances but doesn’t lock on its own is also a good idea.
For blind cords, tie them up and keep them far out of reach or cut the ends and attach breakaway safety tassels. Never put your baby’s crib near window blinds or drapes. Dangling cords can be a major choking risk.
To prevent your baby from getting an electrical shock, put outlet covers on exposed electrical sockets. However, some outlet covers can be a chocking hazard if they are pried off by your baby. When buying outlet covers, search for “childproof” that take two hands to take off. Another option is buying cover plates that actually screw on.
You’d be surprised at how often your baby will roll over. This makes any high place your baby is on a falling hazard. For your changing table, make sure it has safety straps and always buckle your baby up when changing they’re diaper. Also, NEVER leave your baby alone on the changing table. Plan ahead and bring all necessary items before changing your baby.
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