Childproofing your home
Your child will be growing up at such a fast rate that it can sometimes be hard to keep up with his/her latest tricks. One day your baby will be seen doing nothing, the next day, you could see him/her crawling all over the living room, and just as you are beginning to take that in, your child will be proudly standing balancing on his/her legs. The changes happen so quickly that you need to make your home safe and secure by childproofing it. It is good to have it done before your child starts crawling, which generally happens around 8 months, or even earlier with some children.
It is good to try crawling around on your hands and knees to make sure you have not missed out anything in your effort to childproof your home.
Fall is the most common cause of serious injury among toddlers, followed by poisoning, cuts and burns. Drowning (especially in the bathtub) and car accidents in driveways are other dangers.
It is almost impossible to childproof your home altogether, but there are many things you can do to make it safer:
- The safest place to change a diaper on a toddler, who tosses and turns, is on the floor. Never leave the baby on the changing table unattended. Keep one hand on the child’s stomach if you have to turn around to take something. Otherwise, your child can suddenly roll over and fall off the table.
- Use warm water and not hot water for your baby’s bath. Do an elbow test first or use a thermometer to check water is between 35 degrees to 37 degrees C. Do not leave your baby alone in the bathtub.
- Use a sturdy, stable, wide based high chair. Put the high chair away from places where your baby can reach out to potentially dangerous items.
- Tie a knot in plastic bags and place them outside the reach of your child. Suffocation is a very real risk.
- Keep cords for curtains and blinds tied up and out of your child’s reach.
- Keep lighters and matches in a safe place.
- Install security bars to block stairways at the bottom and top.
- Lock all medicines and keep them away from the reach of inquisitive little fingers. Don’t leave them on your bedside tables.
- Keep knives and scissors and toxic cleaning products out of your child’s reach or in drawers that can be locked.
- Use the back burners when you are cooking on the stove and turn the pots and pan handles against the wall.
- Place your hot cup of coffee or tea on a high surface when you are not drinking it, and do not drink anything hot while you are holding your baby.
- Screw free-standing bookcases and dressers to the wall so they do not topple over your child.
- Keep the toilet lid down and the bathroom door closed.
- Check that your garden plants are not toxic.
- Make a list of phone numbers to call in case of emergencies and hang it on the wall near the phone and save it on your mobile as well.
- It’s a great idea to take a first aid course where you can learn basic techniques which you can use during emergencies.
Choose safe toys
Choose toys that are appropriate for your baby’s age and physical needs. Make sure the toys don’t have buttons or beads that your child can pull off and choke on. Also make sure the toys do not have long straps. Drypers Online Point Shop has many toys that are developed based on the principle of play and movement which are safe for your child.
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