Getting Your Home Ready For Your New Arrival

Bringing your new baby home will be one of the happiest days of your life. Your little bundle of joy will be introduced to their new home, and settling your baby in will be number one on your list of priorities. That’s why it’s important to be fully prepared for your baby’s homecoming. Child proofing your home is of the utmost importance, so you can put your mind at rest. Here are some top tips for baby/child proofing your home…

1. Installing a camera or audio monitor in your child’s room is a good way to ensure the child is safe, even when you are out of the room. This way you can keep an eye on your baby at all times and be quick to react should your baby need something. Baby monitors are necessary to ensure the baby is safe and comfortable, since it is nearly impossible for parents to spend all their time in the baby’s room.

2. Another way to ensure your child’s safety is to examine the home at the eye level of the child. Crawling on your hands and knees and examining the surroundings gives you a good idea of how things look to your small child. Are there things that look tempting and are within easy reach? If you were a child, where would you likely crawl or walk? This is an easy way to figure out which drawers, cupboards, or other areas your small child may get into. As the child gets older and taller, it may be time to review and look at a higher level for tempting objects.

3. All potential hazards and poisons, such as medicines, cleaning products, knives and vitamins, should be safely locked away. You can purchase baby locks for lower cupboards and storage units so that it will be impossible for your toddler to find things that they shouldn’t be touching. To be extra safe, install baby gates on the doors of rooms which these things may be kept, like the kitchen. Also, a baby gate at the top of any flight of stairs is crucial.

4. Wall outlets should be protected with outlet covers since an uncovered outlet can be tempting to small children. Heavy furniture should be bolted to walls to prevent any chance of tipping over. This is because babies start pulling up on furniture shortly after they start walking and anything that is not secure can easily topple over. Cover all sharp corners on furniture with bumpers to soften falls.

5. Check cords and ties on all blinds and curtains and make sure that they are not hanging low enough for your child to reach. Long cords can be cut and shortened to prevent toddlers from becoming entangled in them. Look out for lead in blinds or pull cords. Some older curtains have the pulls weighed down by lead encased in plastic.

6. Check your walls. If you live in an older house and haven’t decorated for a good few years, it’s worth checking the paint in case it contains any lead. Lead can be harmful to babies, so it may be worth getting any old paint removed and redecorated. If you make big changes to your home for your baby’s arrival, be sure to contact your household insurance provider to make sure that the changes you have made will be covered under your policy. If they are not you can always find a new home insurance provider here.

7. Make sure all of the fire alarms in your house are fully functional. Although this may be something you check anyway, it’s even more important once you bring your baby home. It is also worth installing a carbon monoxide monitor too, just to be on the safe side.

Babies are enough of a handful as it is, so always make sure these changes/alterations are made before you bring your new-born back for the first time. Then mother and father are free to relax and take care of their new bundle of joy.

Article by Rachael Miller

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