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Your Guide To Babyproofing Your Home

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Welcoming a new baby into your life is an exciting experience—but a new baby comes with a lot of other changes. To make sure your new baby is safe, you’ll have to make some changes around the house. Use the following guide to babyproof your home.

Windows And Doors

  • Install window stops or guards to prevent falls. Remember that a window screen is not strong enough to hold a child.
  • Get rid of any curtains or blinds with looped cords. Keep other cords out of reach.
  • Install door stops to prevent crushed fingers.
  • Place doorknob covers on doors leading to restricted areas. This can keep your children from leaving the house alone or getting into unsafe areas of the house.
  • Keep furniture away from the windows so children can’t climb up to the windows using a couch or chair.

Bedrooms

  • Close dresser drawers so they can’t be used as a ladder.
  • Keep toys for older children stored in a safe place and talk to your older kids about keeping their younger sibling safe. Toys with long strings, lots of parts, or small pieces that could break off are unsafe for babies.

Bathrooms

  • Keep cleaning supplies and other dangerous chemicals out of reach and locked up.
  • Never leave a child unattended in the bathtub.
  • Get a lock to keep the toilet closed.
  • Keep appliances such as hair dryers and curlers unplugged when they aren’t being used.

Kitchen

  • Keep the handles of pots and pans turned toward the back of the stove while cooking.
  • Lock the cabinets and refrigerator and put knives out of reach in a safe place.

General Areas

  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure they have fresh batteries
  • Keep outlets covered.
  • Block off stairs with a baby gate.
  • Block off the fireplace with a grate.
  • Keep electrical cords behind furniture so they are inaccessible.
  • Anchor heavy furniture such as bookshelves, dressers, and TV stands to the wall.
  • Store heavy items low to the ground.

It is up to you to make your home safe for a new baby. Use the above guidelines to make sure you and your home are ready.