Babies require constant supervision and this is the best way to assure their safety. But evidently, it's impossible to keep an eye on your child for every second of the day so for that reason, it's important to be aware of how to minimize all risks that they may encounter in your home.
- Baby gates
A must-have for new parents; baby gates are perfect for restricting access to rooms of the home that pose the greatest potential danger. They are also very useful for creating safe spaces for play in any instance that you are unable to closely supervise your child.
- Eliminate sharp edges
The corner of your coffee table may not seem threatening to you but when it's at eye level, it can be a recipe for disaster. Eliminate the potential for injury by using bumper guards, sheets or any other soft surface to cushion their heads if they bump into furniture.
- Away with hazardous materials
Now that you have a new member of the family crawling around, it's time to safely store away all chemical materials and foods that pose a choking hazard to your newborn. Even if out of reach, it's always a good idea to put baby-proof locks on cabinets and drawers to be certain your child stays out of harm's way.
- Secure furniture
Babies love to climb and in an instance where they want to show-off, you want to avoid having furniture tumbling over top of them. Be certain that all your bookcases, tables and such are secure to either a wall or the floor to keep your child safe when they are feeling adventurous.
- Electrical outlets
Protective covering on your electrical outlets are perfect for keeping your toddler's little fingers out of them, just be sure you manage to get all of them as they are easy to miss. Also, keep all power cords either out of reach or safe from tampering to keep your child totally secure around all your electronic devices.
A less apparent hazard, window treatments can be quite troublesome for children. Babies can get wrapped up and trapped in the cords for blinds or long curtains so it's best to keep them out of reach if they hang close to the ground.