Parenting Tip of the Week – Baby Safety at Home

Did you know that September is national Baby Safety month? If you’re the parent of a baby or toddler, you know how curious they are and how much they love to explore. Make sure to baby- and toddler-proof your home in order to prevent your little explorer from any accidents!

Keeping your Baby or Toddler Safe at Home

Many parents aren’t sure when to start baby proofing their home, or what exactly to do. However, we do know that it’s important to make your home as safe as possible. According to the CDC, unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4. A good rule to help prevent these kind of injuries is to baby-proof your home as soon as your baby starts to crawl.

Keep in mind that all babies are different. Because of that, different children will find different things that could be potentially dangerous! A good way to prepare for as many possible dangers as you can is to get down to a low level and see what your home looks like from a baby’s perspective. You may find new potential dangers or things that you thought didn’t matter at all, such as outlets that you had forgotten existed, easily opened cabinet doors, or ways to climb furniture that you have overlooked.

Some Ideas to Keep your Kids Safe

Below are some ideas and suggestions on ways to baby- and toddler-proof your home. For more suggestions, visit  the CDC Child Injury Prevention Center for more stats, facts and tips!

  • Be prepared for anything. Keep emergency numbers next to your telephone in case of injury, fire, poisoning, or any other situation requiring immediate assistance.
  • Keep cabinets and drawers locked. Ensure that any cabinet doors or drawers that contain items like heavy pots, sharp utensils, and other dangerous items are locked up using child-proof locks.
  • Prevent falls! If you have stairs in your home, prevent falls by blocking them with safety gates. Make sure to never leave your baby alone on furniture like beds, sofas, changing tables or in any other spot they could potentially roll and fall from.
  • Protect your child around water! Prevent potential burns by lowering the thermostat on your hot water heater. Test this by filling the bathtub and turning off the water before you place your child in the tub, making sure the temperature is reasonable. Similarly, be sure your child is never alone during bath-time. Children can drown in as little as a few inches of water.
  • Keep medicines and cleaners out of reach. Store medicines and household cleaners on a high shelf, not only in the kitchen but other places like the garage or bathroom.
  • Putting small toys in wall sockets is tempting to toddlers. Keep all sockets covered with safety plugs, especially those on ground level or by any surface where you might put your child, such as changing tables.
  • Furniture can be dangerous, too. If your furniture has sharp corners, install edge guards to keep babies safe when they run into corners. Also, ensure that any heavy items on tables, such as lamps or appliances, are pushed back and away from the edge, helping to prevent them from falling on your child if the table is knocked into.
  • Keep electrical cords out of the way. Small children can pull the cord and be injured when something heavy falls on them.

How do you keep your baby safe at home? Join the conversation using #BabySafetyMonth and share pictures of how you keep your little ones safe!