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BABY PROOFING 101 – How to Create a Baby Safe Home Environment

Your home will surely undergo some changes even before the birth of your newborn. But fear not! Child safety devices have come a long way in the past few years and there are more and more product choices for esthetic/consumer-minded parents. Of course safety comes first, but babyproofing doesn’t have to look ugly or be a nuisance to use. I’m a child safety expert and a scrutinizing mother of two who has assessed the vast amount of injury prevention devices to unearth my favorite “Mommy Tested & Approved” product that will save new parents time and frustration.
Babyproof Before Your Child Starts CrawlingThe average baby begins to crawl at about six months, at which point the job of parenting becomes more exciting, as well as, terrifying when your child no longer stays where you put him. Some industrious infants can roll before they sit up and surprisingly lay some serious tread all the way across the room! That said, your little one’s curiosity sans (yet to be developed) common sense, propels him into harm’s way time and time again and it’s your job to be one step ahead of your little one paving the way of safety. Some mommies check babyproofing off the list while still pregnant, as they want to be prepared as possible, which is ideal and highly recommended. However, most new parents consider babyproofing “something they’ll get to later” and then “later” they find themselves in a panic when the baby begins to crawl. A new child requires an inordinate amount of time and attention and your days rush by at a rapid pace. Before you know it your child is mobile! Why not be ahead of the game? Be proactive and get parental peace of mind by babyproofing during pregnancy.A Powerful One-Two Combo: Babyproofing and DisciplineNonetheless, more than *four million children end up in the emergency room each year as a result of accidents. The good news is *90% of these accidents could have been avoided. (*SafeKids.org) While there’s no replacement for vigilant supervision, proactive childproofing can go a long way toward preventing needless injury. Even before your baby can explore on his own, teach him what is safe and what is dangerous by showing him examples of each around your home. The stove, trash can, toilet and doggy door are all “no no’s” and can cause “boo boos.” Choose your vernacular and stick with it; in fact share it you’re your husband for consistency with your baby. Babyproofing and discipline overlap and it’s never too early to start this critical instruction.Lengthen the Life of Your BabyproofingGiven enough time alone with some child safety devices some little ones can MacGyver their way through nonetheless. Aghast at the thought of this? Don’t forget that they have been studying you for months watching your every move and the moment their little bodies catch up with their minds it doesn’t take much for some to have it all wired. Babies who aren’t even walking yet can open levered door handles, which shocks many parents. (Top door locks are an esthetic and effective lock for these doors where standard round knob covers won’t fit.) So after babyproofing your home, be sure to operate all child safety devices with your back to your child to lengthen the life of your babyproofing. Most of the devices are there to slow your child down until mommy arrives with a loving yet stern, “No, no. Not for babies,” and after one warning remove the little adventurer from the off limits item. Albeit you’ll have to say and do this hundreds of times, it’s all part of the job description as beloved momma.Have Off Limits RoomsThe cheapest and quickest way to babyproof is to limit your child’s access to certain parts of the home and disallow access to areas that are neither safe nor appropriate for babies. The guest room, garage, laundry room, loft, terrace, older sibling’s room, office, gym, utility room, craft room and rooms under construction should be “off limits” for babies and need to be secured with door locks. A child that learns to respect what is “not their property” will learn necessary boundaries and behave better when you visit other homes, stores, etc. A child given free reign to get into anything and everything will have a harder time learning what is “hands off.” These principles can be imparted early even to babies. No unsupervised entry into bathrooms until you’re well into potty training your child, so locks all baths, toilet and magnetic cabinets to stop a curious baby happens upon an open door. The front door and interior doors leading to the garage or outside should have flip locks installed up high so a baby and/or toddler do not have outdoors access without permission. These locks also keep them from answering the door when someone rings the bell.Common Hazards in Every HomeSome household dangers are obvious yet others can be more elusive. Albeit there are hundreds of dangers common to every household, many are easily rectified once recognized. Some homes require custom work or removal of certain items until child is older. A professional opinion will offer peace-of-mind to make sure no stone was left unturned. Below is a list of recommended childproofing tips for every home broken down by hazard type:

A VIRTUAL HOME SAFETY EVALUATION:The following is a room-by-room walk through of an average family home. Keep in mind that most homes were not designed for the safety of a baby or child in mind. Each residence has special features that are unique as well as common safety challenges. Below is a list of solutions to common safety hazards found in most homes: