Safety First: Simple Steps to Baby Proof Your Home

Safety First: Simple Steps to Baby Proof Your Home

A new baby arrives every 8 seconds according to the United States census, and it's our job as parents to make sure that everything is taken care of prior to the big day. One key step to this process is preparing the house for the new baby and eliminating any potential hazards. Here are a few things to focus on when baby-proofing your home.

Secure Furniture to the Wall

In 2016, there were 2,800 reports of children being injured by unsecured furniture according to a recent Consumer Reports study. When babies first learn to crawl, it's in their instinct to explore every inch of their world, often grabbing and pulling on things within their house. So, it is important to secure all furniture that is within reach by attaching furniture anchors to the dressers, cabinets, shelves or any other furnishings in any area that the baby has access to. These furniture anchors work by attaching directly to the wall and preventing the object from any and all movement.

Install Safety Gates

In order to prevent accidents, install safety gates in any area that you do not want your baby to go. It is important that your baby feels comfortable and safe in a few rooms before acclimating them to the entire house. The most important place to install safety gates are at the top and bottom of the stairs, the kitchen, and be sure to keep pets in a separate area away from the baby until both of them are well-adjusted to each other's presence.

Install Outlet Protectors

Because most electrical outlets are located near the ground, they are easily within reach to a crawling baby. So, the safest thing to do is to cover those open outlets, and any open plugs within a surge protector with inexpensive plastic outlet protectors. Also, be aware of any outlets that are currently plugged in. It's also important that you inspect and replace any outlet that is loose or has damage to its plastic facing.

Protecting the safety and comfort of a new baby should be the primary objective of any expecting parents. It will take planning and hard work, but in the end, it'll all be worth it.




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