Thursday, December 28, 2017

Home Alone: 5+ Elegant Ways To Childproof Your New Home


Leila Dorari has some ways to elegantly childproof your new home. There are many ways to keep your babies safe, here are a few.

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When you are a parent to a baby or a toddler, you are constantly on the alert worrying about their well-being.
However, many people neglect the safety issues of their own homes. According to the experts, it is a greater
possibility for children at the age of 1- 4 to experience drowning, choking, poisoning, or falling than to be victims
of stranger’s violence. For this reason, you should approach the childproofing seriously. It’s a process of
providing your little ones with the safe environment by identifying and eventually eliminating potential hazards
in the household. In case you have recently bought a new house, this should be the top priority thing on your
moving check list.


First things first



As some of the hazards can easily be overlooked in an unfamiliar setting, it would be better to start childproofing
before even thinking about taking loads of boxes and furniture inside your new home.
First of all, check all electrical outlets around the house. They mustn’t be loose, and you should install safety
covers on them. This will keep your child from any electricity related accident.
If your new home is multi-story house, then stairs are a serious risk for very young children. Put safety gates on
both stair ends to keep children from climbing the stairs.
As window blinds have strings that pose a serious strangling risk, all curtains and blinds should be out of
baby’s reach. However, there is a possibility of installing cordless blinds, too. The windows should also be
secured with window guards to avoid any possible risk of baby falling out.
Even though you hope you are never going to use them, it is still highly recommended to strategically place
fire extinguishers around the house. Installing smoke detectors is another great fire safety measure.
However, you should check their batteries every once in a while to be sure they work properly.
When it comes to moving process itself, it’s best for children not to be present as they can get in the way and
possibly get hurt. Safe moving means happy moving. Therefore, you’d better had it done while they’re in
school or with a babysitter.



Childproof room by room



Once you have finally moved in, it’s high time you made your new home a safe place for children to grow and
develop. In order to investigate it thoroughly, try seeing things from their perspective. This implies crawling
around the house and careful inspection of every single corner in every single room.


Nursery room



Suffocation is the number one cause of deaths in infants. On that account, the crib has to be free of any kind
of toys. Likewise, you are supposed to put your baby on its back when putting it to sleep in order to decrease
the risk of suffocation. In case your child likes escaping the crib, it would be smart to place a thick carpet to
secure the fall from it.


Bathroom



The most dangerous place for a baby or a toddler is the bathtub. Bearing this in mind you should never leave your child unattended, not even for a minute. Accidents can happen in a matter of seconds. Furthermore, make sure you place anti-slippery mats around the bathroom to prevent falls. The medicine cabinet should be locked and out of child’s reach.


Kitchen



This might be the most hazardous room in your home as there are many sharp objects, cooking appliances and
poisonous chemicals. If installing a safety gate isn’t an option due to kitchen arrangement, other measures
should be taken. For instance, it is recommended to put a knob cover on the stove so it doesn’t get turned on
by accident. If you are like most of the people who keep the cleaning detergents under the sink, make sure you
protect your child from poisoning by locking the cabinet. Besides, remember locking the cabinets containing
cutlery and plates to prevent your child getting cut.


Living Room



As much as you might think that living room is a safe space, there are a lot of hazards too. For example,
children can easily tip over the TV, which makes a wall mount a clever childproof solution. Furthermore, secure
any possible bookcases to the wall since they are very heavy and dangerous. Numerous furniture means a lot of
sharp edges, so you had better childproof them and not let your baby get hurt.  Remote controls
have batteries which if swallowed can pose a serious health risk for a baby. Keep them somewhere high and
out of reach.

Since the statistics on the household accidents resulting in injuries or even death are devastating, childproofing
should be taken seriously. Whit that in mind, investigate and eliminate the potential hazards and provide your
child safe place to learn and grow.

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