How to baby-proof my new home after a move?

If you have recently moved to a new apartment or house with a baby or toddler, there are a number of precautionary measures that you need to take immediately for the safety of your little one. The process of identifying any possible dangers and hidden threats for your child around your new place and then effectively neutralizing them is called baby-proofing.

Baby-proofing your new home is your top priority – get to it as soon as you can, even before you’re done with unpacking. Remember that your baby or toddler doesn’t look at the world from your point of view, so go from room to room, get on your knees and start looking for household hazards.

Nursery room

This is the room where your child will be spending most of their time, so you need to make it as safe as possible.

  • Empty the crib of any stuffed animals or other toys, blankets and pillows to minimize the risk of accidental suffocation.
  • Place a thick carpet by the crib to break the fall if somehow your baby manages to escape the confines of their own bed.
  • Check if the changing table is stable enough and if it is not, fix it right away.
  • Place electrical outlet protectors throughout the entire room to eliminate the risk of electric shock.

Bathroom

You may not regard your favorite bathroom as dangerous, but dangerous for your baby it is. Statistically speaking, drowning is one of the leading injury related deaths of children in the country. Follow these safety tips and be really, REALLY careful!

  • Don’t ever leave your baby or toddler unattended while you’re giving them a bath in the tub. Nothing else matters except one thing – you should never have your hands off your baby, not even for a second!
  • When you take your child out of the tub, make sure your hands are fairly dry and that you have a good grip on your precious one.
  • Make sure the water temperature is not more than 120 °F (49 °C). Otherwise, it can scald the delicate skin of your baby boy or girl.
  • It’s a good idea to place non-skid strips throughout the entire bathroom floor.

Kitchen

The kitchen can be a really dangerous place and accidents there happen in an instant. After all, it’s full of sharp objects and you, as a parent, can easily get distracted while preparing food. Follow these tips for an accident-free kitchen experience.

  • Most parents keep the supply of hazardous chemicals and cleaning supplies under the sink. Be sure to either secure the cabinet doors against opening or remove all the supplies to a safer place.
  • Use the back burners of your cooking stove and place specially designed knob covers over the cooker’s knobs.
  • High-chair accidents are on the rise so make sure your chair is stable enough and use the straps to immobilize your baby or toddler and prevent accidental slips out of it.
  • Keep a handy AND operational fire extinguisher in the kitchen at all times.

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