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Childproofing: Quick Cheat Sheet



Filed under : Kid Bits, Lifesavers

By: Ashley Haugen

Tips for Mom on keeping the house safe for your crawling baby


In the earlier days of parenting, the need to childproof the home seems light years away. But before you know it, your little lovely will be crawling around. When that happens, the only words you need to know are: BE PREPARED! Children come prewired to be a step ahead of you for the rest of their natural born life, and the only thing you can do is try to keep up. Luckily for you, here are some quick pointers to get you started.

Bird’s-Eye View

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 2.5 million children are injured or killed in their own home every year. And many of these injuries and deaths can be prevented. BabyCenter.com states that the best way to assess your home’s baby-friendliness is to get down on the floor and peek into the situation as a baby would. Crawl around on the floor and you may find outlets you weren’t aware of. You might even bump your head on a sharp edge along the way. Walk the house in Baby’s shoes and make adjustments accordingly.

Lose the Noose

Walk your house with strangulation hazards in mind: blind cords, drapery tiebacks, long electric cords. These things can get wrapped around a toddler’s neck and choke him. Look for anything that’s long enough to get wrapped around a tiny neck and get rid of it (at least for the next few years).

Higher-Ups

Everything that is a household cleaner, personal care liquid (nail polish remover, etc.), or anything else that you wouldn’t eat or serve someone else to eat, needs to be put up high, very high up. Preferably out of sight so that the temptation isn’t even there! This goes for laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent, and even pet food. Get it up and out of sight.

In short, spend some time really eyeballing your home and use common sense. If it seems like it may be a danger, ditch it or put it safely away. Take no risks when it comes to your baby’s safety.

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