When you’re a Mom-to-be for the first time or even a first time auntie, there are a lot of things going around your mind in regards to your homes safety. When you get closer to that due date you begin to look around at the death trap that is your home. You are nesting, a little wacky and hyper focusing on this task at hand. So whether you are a new mom or a new auntie like me I wanted to share 5 ways to baby proof your home so that you can have some peace of mind when baby comes to visit or baby comes home.
Get a baby bath
The most important thing to do to ensure that your baby is safe in your home is to get a baby bath. This will mean that you can bathe them safely, without having to worry about leaving your newborn in a bath seat. Of course, the most vital thing to remember is that you should never leave your baby unattended in the bath, even for a split second. Get a safe baby bath, and you’ll be glad that you did. There is of course always the good ole fashion sink bath – which is a great plan especially if you have a sore back and knees.
All the Baby Gates
Whilst it seems pretty impossible to imagine right now, your tiny little baby will soon be crawling – and then walking – around your home. There are many opportunities for them to fall and hurt themselves, and the stairs are arguably the biggest issue for young babies. Put some stair gates up, and remove any trip hazards from the stairs so that you don’t trip up whilst you’re carrying them. These are always going to be a worry so always keep them safe for both baby and you.
Keep chemicals out of reach
Whether you are expecting a baby visitor or a toddler or are proofing your home for your own child you will want to do one thing first. Place all your hazardous chemicals and cleaners up out of reach or even out in the garage if you have that space available. Once these little ones are mobile it can only take a few moments with your back turned for them to get into something. It is always better safe than sorry and prevention is key in this regard.
If you live in an area that has hot summers, you need to make sure that you have AC in order to protect your baby. Air con will help to regulate their body temperature – babies can’t deal with high or low temperatures like adults – so be sure to sort out your AC. A good room temperature will help them to sleep well and give you peace of mind during those hot muggy nights. Up here in Vancouver the nights can get very sticky which can make for a very uncomfortable night for both mom and baby.
In our homes, we have a lot of exposed sharp edges. This could be on your coffee table, in your kitchen, and wherever there are cupboards or wardrobes. It’s a good idea to cover these up with corner guards, so that your baby isn’t at risk of harming themselves when they’re crawling around, or when you’re holding them. They are relatively cheap, and definitely worth the money. I remember I had a slate fireplace when my eldest was starting to walk and one of the ways we kept it safe is with plumbing insulation (basically cutting open a pool noodle) and glued it around so the all the edges were covered in nice soft foam.
So, if you want to ensure that your home is safe for your newborn, then keep these 5 things in mind. Enjoy parenthood, and keeping your baby safe in the process!