Now, family is complete and newborn has arrived. Besides all the excitement that could bring, new concerns rise for the recent parenthood. Beyond the primary worries like food, diapers and clothing, security is taking a priority place since as the baby grows older, the sense of curiosity grows bigger and then something that seems innocuous before turns into a dangerous hazard for the young one.
To deal with this situation, there are several aspects to be taken even before the baby’s arrival, and so turning home into a childproof place for the sake of the new family member as well as old family participants.
In the following lines, it is presented a list of these different variations that should be done to make your baby safe and alleviate the burdens of being a new parent.
GET A GOOD BABY MONITOR AS THE FIRST AND NECESSARY STEP.
To make the household a safety place, the first thing recent parents should count on is a good baby monitor. Watching the infant even if a total distant room where the baby stays is turned into an easy task with the help of this device. It has proved very efficient especially at nights to guard the baby’s sleep from the main bedroom.
Technology has improved this gadget and now there are several option presented in the market. Some of the upgraded baby monitors include video and sound in their features, and even some of them come with speakers so the baby can be comforted from another room at busy hours or at the moment of sleeping. This is a must step for making home a truly safe place.
SECURE ANY TALL OR HEAVY FURNITURE.
Now it is the time for crawling, so the baby is not confined to the crib and moves around home freely. And there is no desire to stop the little one for doing so and keep it in mind that curiosity is one of the attributes young children have in common; so any new object will catch their attention easily. Tall lamps, heavy bookcases or large shelves furniture will be objects of consideration for the baby. It is advisable to secure these items, especially if they are very unstable, by putting them in places the baby cannot watch them and, thus, the young child’s attention is not catch by them. Another step to take is fastened these things to the walls by using either straps or bolts.
The care about the position and fastening of these objects should increase as soon as the little one starts to learn how to walk and stand on their two feet.
TAKE AWAY ANY POSSIBLE TRIPPING DANGER
The time for walking starts and with it comes certain falls and injuries, a fact that every little child has to deal more than once in life. But these sorts of accidental fallings can be avoided by securing all those possible dangers such as cords or pieces of furniture. The reduction of these hazardous obstacles for the safe walk of the baby could result in the less appearance of bruises, bumps and scratches.
As soon as a tripping hazard is observed, it is elimination should be taken immediately. Tuck away and put out of reach all cords and wires that are in visible places and represent a possible threat. Storage all those items of furniture that could be the cause of any the baby’s stumble or trip.
Besides taking care of the child’s safety, adults can get hurt as well if toys are not removed from the floor as soon as the playing time is over. Create a fast way to storage the toys to the child by using boxes with no lids; in this case children cannot hurt their fingers by the covers and the toys would be put away avoiding tripping of parents and even the little ones.
INVEST IN A HOME SECURITY SYSTEM
Being a new parent will be an exhausting situation. It is a tiresome activity to give an eye on a child and this is reflected specially at the moment of sleeping, which sometimes cannot be achieved due to the child’s natural resting spans.
So the hard work of watching the child would leave home unattended while energy is taken back by some short (or long) moments of napping. When this is the case, a good home security system is a necessary investment. These products come with valuable features such as motion detectors as well as detecting smoke, wireless alarms along other ones like accessing the system via smartphones or monitor the place through video on the phone by installing digital cameras in it. And it comes in handy when an intruder decides to pay an unexpected visit.
PROTECT HINGES TO GIVE SAFETY TO LITTLE FINGERS
The chances of being trapped by a door (or any furniture) hinge on little ones is at a high stake. So it is advisable to buy some hinge protectors in order to avoid any harm on the children’s little fingers. Moreover, they are easy and quick to install.
Another recommendable advice is to use door stops to avoid accidental door slamming and the consequent fingers injury.
COVER UP SOCKETS.
Curiosity is a natural ally and enemy at the same time for little children. The view of a socket is an attractive thing and little ones always try to put any object at them, so an extreme care has to be taken to cover them at once. Socket protectors are also fast and easy to put in place and hiding them for babies would prevent any possible electric shock.
ELIMINATE SHARP CORNERS
From coffee tables to bookcases, there are several sharp corners at the eye level of the child. With the usage of soft plastic corners or edge bumpers, these dangerous things can be hidden and make the child safe from any eye harm.
BABY GATES AT TOP AND BOTTOMS OF STAIRS.
The possibility of tripping and falling from stairs is a risk factor that should be considered when little children are around the house. Baby gates install upstairs and downstairs are an advisable recommendation for new parents. Also, the carpeting of the stairs is recommendable too and make stairs being proper illuminated. When these measures are taken, a reduction of accidents will be shown and injuries in both babies and adults would be prevented.
PUT TOOLS OR ANY SHARP OBJET OUT OF CHILDREN’S REACH
It has to be clear that once babies start walking around the house, everything they find on their way is a something to play with. There is not sense of danger on them, so a hammer or a screwdriver, even a knife, would be attractive to them and they would like to take it. If there are many sharp objects at children’s reach is important to take them all immediately and storage them in an unreachable place for children.
The same should go with medicines and any chemical product located at home.
NON-SLIP MATS AT BATHING TIME
A moment of bonding for both parents and children and at fun time mostly for the little ones, bathing should be done with special care if there are no anti slips mats in the bathroom. Excitement on children will lead them to rush getting out of the shower and it would cause the slipping of the child on the floor. To avoid this situation, a good non-slip mat should be placed just in front of the shower or tub.
If the advices given above are followed, safety would be increased and the novelty of being a parent would outcome as new and gratifying experience.