Forget those hard to reach New Year’s resolutions. Make your #1 priority this year keeping your baby safe! Babyproofing can be overwhelming, but these 12 basic tips will get you started in the right direction for the first 12 months. But remember to continually modify according to your baby's development:
- For the safest product use, be sure to always read and follow all manufacturers’ instructions and follow age and weight/height limitations.
- It is recommended second-hand products should not be used for baby. However, if it is imperative to use older products, make sure they meet current safety standards and have not been recalled.
- Place household plants out of baby’s reach and know the names of all of your plants in case your baby ingests them.
- Ensure baby does not have access to swimming pools, toilets, cleaning buckets, bathtubs, showers or hot tubs. It is possible for baby to drown in as little as one inch of water.
- Medicines, bleaches, oven and drain cleaners, paint solvents, polishes, waxes, matches, cigarettes and lighters should always be kept out of baby’s reach.
- Childproof safety locks and gates can be helpful.
- Keep the number of the poison control center near your phone so you can call for emergency first-aid advice.
- Be sure to cover unused electrical outlets with safety caps and replace broken or missing receptacle cover plates.
- Small appliances, including blow dryers and irons, should be unplugged when not in use and kept out of baby’s reach.
- Plastic wrap and plastic dry cleaning, shopping and garbage bags should be kept from baby at all times.
- ALWAYS pull drape or blind cords and decorative wall hangings with strings out of baby’s reach.
- Get in the habit before baby arrives to close all toilet lids, keep bathroom doors shut, and sharp or hot kitchen utensils/aids away from the edge of the counters.
For more great tips on how to keep your baby safe, visit our Safety House for a room-by -room guide!