If you have a baby on the way, you’ve been working hard to make sure your home is a warm, pleasant and enriching environment. You’ve gotten the crib, the stroller, the clothes, the toys. Now you’re wondering how to ensure your child is safe as they settle in and explore their new home. To reduce your little one’s risk of stumbling upon harm, follow this childproofing guide.
- Use outlet covers
Electrical safety is one of the first things we think about when we hear the word childproofing. Find outlet covers at as little as three dollars a pop online. This will help prevent your tot from sticking their finger or a metal object – such as a paperclip – into the socket.
- Keep the following out of reach
Choking hazards, weapons and sharp items, toxic chemicals, medication and hot objects. While it’s natural to leave prescriptions, hair clips and other items laying around, pretty soon your child will be crawling around and inspecting everything in sight! Whenever you store a potentially harmful item in a cupboard, secure it with a safety lock.
- Check your smoke detectors
This is extremely important – whether you have a baby around or not. Test your smoke alarm each month and talk about your fire escape plan.
- Use baby gates
Prevent your little one from wandering into trouble! Block staircases and any room that might contain dangerous items.
- Supervise your child
No matter how securely you childproof your home, there’s no replacement for parental supervision. Always keep an eye on your child to make sure all is well.
Remember that household accidents account for 70% of ER visits for children under three. There are plenty more statistics we could share, but the bottom line is that no parent wants to see their child harmed. Download this cheat sheet and hang it up in your home, or #ShowYouCare and print it for someone you love.
Beyond these childproofing tasks, it's also important to make sure you have a home security system to keep the whole family safe.
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