Your new bundle of joy is on the way! You have your crib, car seat, stroller, bottles, clothes, and so much more, but have you thought about babyproofing your home? While newborns aren't mobile right away, it's smart to take the necessary precautions to make your residence safe for them. More than one third of child injuries and deaths happen at home and 10.4 million emergency room visits from children in the United States are the result of in-home accidents. Before your bundle of joy arrives, make sure your home is babyproofed!
Taking the right steps
Babyproofing your home can seem somewhat daunting! Making sure to secure, cover, and latch everything that can be a threat to your infant can become a bit overwhelming. Here are a few tips about items that sometimes get overlooked in the babyproofing process:
The Crawling Tour
The trick to adequate babyproofing is to not assume your infant sees everything the same way you do. To get a good picture of the threats and dangers for your infant, it's best to get down to their level and take a crawling tour around your home.
Ensure You Secure
Make sure you secure TVs and all furniture that could be pulled down by your child. Safety kits are available in the baby section or hardware section of your local store. Furniture with handles and knobs are especially tempting to infants that are trying to pull themselves up.
Tackle the Toilet
The toilet is often gets overlooked when babyproofing. The water in the toilet and the toilet seat itself can be a danger to your child. Be sure to keep your toilet seats closed and secured with a latch.
Sweet & Safe Dreams
Make sure your baby's crib is a safe environment for them to sleep in. The crib should have fixed rails. Don't use older cribs with drop-side rail. If you have to use an older crib, be sure to use an immobilizer with it. Be sure to test the rails on your crib to make sure your baby's head won't get stuck in them. If a soda can is able to go through the slats, they are too far apart. Lastly, be sure to leave plush items such as blankets, toys, and stuffed animals out of their sleeping area.
You want to be sure your child's crib is not near a window. If there are any windows that would be easily accessed by your child, be sure to have child-proof screens or window guards in place.
Toy Box Troubles
Avoid containers with hinged lids that could slam down on your child's hands. You want to choose one with a light, removable lid or one that has a sliding lid. Make sure it has ventilation holes or a gap beneath the lid in case a child climbs in.
It is estimated that between 75-90 percent of unintentional tragedies could be avoided through better safety awareness and prevention. Fifteen to eighteen thousand children in the United States die every year and millions more are seriously injured due to accidents. By ensuring your home is safe, it gives your child the freedom to investigate their surroundings and safely learn and grow.
Resources at Augusta Health
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