The home should be the safest place for your child. However, statistics still show that at least four and a half million kids are injured every year right in their very homes. Creating a child-friendly home is not an easy task and it may require specific adjustments inside your property that costs money. Still, there is nothing better than having the peace of mind that your kids are safe in your own home.
How do you set up a child-friendly home? Let me count the ways.
In the nursery or child’s room, always make sure to anchor all large furniture on the wall or the floor. This will prevent it from falling over your child. Do not place the crib or bed beside the window where there are window blind cords or curtains. There have been incidents of babies and young children being strangled by these objects. The slats of the crib should be at least 2 ⅜ inches apart. It should be stable and fixed on the floor. Do not place bumper pads and stuffed toys that can cause suffocation. Do not hang picture frames made of heavy wood or metal and glass. Also, do not set up shelves or hang lighting fixtures directly on top of your child’s crib or bed. To be sure, use a baby monitoring device whenever your baby is alone in the room.
More caution and care would be needed when the baby is in the bathroom, even in your presence. Avoid accidental slips by keeping the bathroom floor dry at all times. Stick anti-slip mats on the tub, as well. Set the water heater to a maximum of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Just adjust the heat when you are about to use it and change it back to 120 degrees Fahrenheit after. Make sure you install lid locks on toilet covers to prevent small children from opening the lid without adult supervision. Also, keep bathing essentials on high shelves and cleaning materials in locked bathroom closets. The baby would be understandably interested in touching, groping and playing with anything in sight. Along with this, keep all electrical appliances, such as a blow drier and electric razor, out of baby’s reach when not in use.
You would agree that the kitchen is not a place where the baby should be. However, there would be instances you want them near when you’re in the room with usual chores. So to make the kitchen safe and secure for your baby, always keep the kitchen floor clean and dry. Get rid of peelings and other trash that your baby can grab and put in his mouth. Keep all sharp kitchen tools in locked drawers, as well as those dangerous chemical products and items that are not safe for their wandering hands. At the same time, always make sure that you turn handles of frying pans and casseroles toward the middle of the stove. Put heated mugs, cups, and bowls in the middle of the table.
In the living room, you can make it the best spot where the whole family can enjoy watching and playing with the little one. To achieve this, invest in a play pen where your young child can stay while you and the rest of the family watch TV. If the baby wants to wander around, you would have to ensure that all “dangers” are omitted by covering electric outlets with plastic plugs or covers that you can buy at the hardware store. Tie up electrical cords or Velcro tapes and unplug electric appliances when not in use. Do not display breakable objects at least until your child is old enough not to play with them. Cover sharp corners of furniture with silicone or plastic protectors as the baby will get injured or cut when bumping into these areas.
It’s not advisable for babies to be taken into the garage and the basement. But if you can’t help it, be very cautious as these areas of the house lurks many more dangers. As a basic rule, do not allow young children near the workshop where there are tools that can cause injury. Repair defective garage doors and keep all power tools and chemical products in locked closets to prevent from any event of your baby being trapped, injured or harmed.