Child Proofing

By: Virginia Meza

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When baby proofing your house people see it as a big hassle. It doesn't have to be, but it is very necessary when you have little ones. Here our some tips and checklists to go by when baby proofing your house.

Checklist For Your Rooms.

Kitchen

  • Keep sharp objects out of reach.
  • Any dish soap or household chemicals need to be put away.
  • Harmful appliances need to put in unreachable cabinets.
  • Lock any cabinets or place barriers in areas of the kitchen that are not safe.
  • Glassware can be placed out of reach and definitely not near the edges of the counters.

Bathroom

  • Cleaning chemicals, soaps, and hygiene products need to be out of reach.
  • Place a child lock on the toilet.
  • Any razors or sharp objects should be put out of sight.
  • Curtain around the tub or shower to prevent children from going into the tub of falling into it.
  • Always nice to place a rug or carpet in the bathroom to less likely have your child fall

Living Space

  • All outlets need to be covered
  • Make your living room soft just in case of a fall
  • Sturdy furniture
  • Check for pieces that stick out which could catch your child's clothes or scratch them.
  • Any small objects or grown up snacks should be placed out off reach to prevent kids choking on them.

Outdoor Areas

  • Avoid dangerous plants
  • Install barriers to block access to water features
  • Check playground equipment for sturdiness
  • Have tools and outdoor machinery locked away
  • Harmful or big animals should be caged or trained to be use to children

Baby's Room

  • Don't hang anything over the crib longer than 7 inches
  • A big no to putting baby cribs near windows, heaters, and lamps.
  • Keep curtain cords out of reach
  • Smoke detectors should be placed in every baby's room
  • Check that all toys are age appropiate and the room is not clutter to prevent falling or hitting any furniture.

Great Tips For You!

Crib Safety

  1. Make sure crib slants are no more than 2 3/8 inches apart.
  2. Mattress fits snugly.
  3. Don't buy a drop-side crib.
  4. Wood should be smooth to prevent splinters.
  5. Check for non-harmful paint and peeling paint.

Car Seat Safety

  1. Before you get on the road check your car seat or have a professional check to see if it's installed correctly.
  2. If you buy a used car seat make sure you know it's full crash history.
  3. Never use an infant-only seat in a forward facing position.
  4. Be sure to check the tightness of the safety seat before each use.
  5. The car seat should not move in any direction more than inch at the belt path.

Water Safety

  1. Never leave a young child unattended near water.
  2. Install and use barriers around your home pool or hot tub.
  3. If you have an above ground or inflatable pool, remove access ladders and secure the safety cover whenever the pool is not used.

Choking Hazards

  1. Mash, cut up and spread food to prevent choking.
  2. Avoid small objects.
  3. Keep children seated and in proper position while eating, to prevent choking.