Home is where your story begins; a place of great comfort, love, care, new beginnings, sorrows, a storehouse of memories good and bad. But when you welcome a newborn baby home, you have to make it child safe. It is your home where your child will see, touch, explore and experience things in this new world for the first time. So the least we parents can do is to make every room as safe as it can be. Home injuries can be fatal and have been a leading cause of child deaths. Fortunately, such cases are largely avoidable and can be controlled by spreading awareness and proactively following safety tips. Nora Bali, Parenting Expert shares some essential tips:
Secure The Nursery
First of all secure the place/room where the child is going to live – the nursery. Avoid keeping any toy or amusements which is hard or has strings. No mobile phone/gadgets should be placed around the baby. If you have a changing table, always makes sure you strap the baby while you are busy with the diapers and wipes. Safety-strap your baby to avoid them from tumbling down the furniture. The crib should meet the safety standards which means, the sides should be intact and all the four sides should be above the child’s height.
Parents might love to keep stuff toys and cute accessories for the baby to enjoy and keep them cozy but it is advisable to keep the crib safe with just a firm mattress so that baby has enough space to move around and sleep soundly. Many time infants suffocate in their own bedding and blankets. Make sure there are no loose sheets or heavy pillows that can be dangerous for the kid.
Bath time is so much fun for babies, splashing in their tubs is something most babies look forward to. But the scariest part is babies can drown even in 2-inch deep water. Make sure you never leave them alone in the tub, not even for a minute. Test the temperature of the water before letting your child into the bathtub. Keep electrical items like hair dryers, shavers unplugged and away from the baby bath area. Also, bath lotions, medicines, creams, bathroom cleaning solvents or anything which can be a threat to the baby should be kept out of the child’s reach.
Babies, when they start crawling, can give you a tough time especially in the kitchen. If possible just try to gate it or if you have a door, latch it to avoid the crawlies to explore this room. Strictly avoid handling anything steaming hot when you are near the baby to avoid hot spills. Ovens and stoves should be above their reach. Secure the dishwasher if you have one. And cover the area which has gas cylinders. Sharp utensils and objects like knives, scissors, cutters etc. should be kept in the lock.
Keep The Toys Safe
When you are buying toys for your kid, make sure you choose to avoid buying anything with sharp edges, nuts, and bolts or pointed ends. As part of their growing years, children love to twist, poke, pull, prod and bang toys so make sure you choose them well. Also, make it a point to read the label carefully as lots of toys have toxic materials and children below 3 yrs should be kept away from them. Avoid giving those toys with open batteries because they also love to put everything and anything in their mouth. The toys also need to be maintained, cleaned with water and soap regularly so that your kid is safe when he takes them out every day.
Other Home Safety Tips
Now that you think you’ve removed all the home safety hazards, the reality is that children can still have tumbles and falls. So the key is to be alert and also you might want to revisit your corners and some other areas to childproof them. Here are some quick tips:
- Install safety switches which cut power off quickly to avoid electrocution and try to keep all the electrical sockets and board above kids head level.
- Check for loose naked wires, electric iron, worn out electrical points. If possible use powerpoint covers which are easily available in hardware stores.
- Install safety glass in windows and doors or apply a shatter-resistant film to windows and doors of older homes.
- Some indoor plants can be poisonous. You must keep them outdoor when you have kids.
- The staircase should be carpeted or locked when the babies start crawling and walking.
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