You have long been waiting to start a family and finally, you are expecting a baby. There’s the excitement of preparing the nursery room and shopping for your baby’ clothes. But also, there are a number of things you need to do, including making your home baby-friendly. You wouldn’t want to put your bundle of joy in harm’s way while starting to crawl and doing things babies are supposed to do.
Baby proofing your home can range from rearranging furniture to renovating some parts of the house. But whatever plans you have, you might want to consider these suggestions.
Repaint the home
If you are living in an older home, it’s important to inspect the paint of the whole house for chips and lead content. It might be possible that your home still has its old paint and chances are, the paints used for the interior are lead-based. This is not good for your baby since this can result to lead poisoning and is toxic. Exposure to lead, even in small amounts but for a long time, is harmful because just like minerals and vitamins, it can be distributed to the system. As for chips that can fall off, these will be easier for toddlers to pick up and put inside their mouths. To ensure your baby will not be exposed to lead, consider repainting the whole house.
Secure the furniture
There have been thousands of incidents where children get hurt from furniture or television sets falling on them. As the baby starts to crawl, he or she will hold on to something and pull themselves up. TVs, lamps, tables, bookshelves or just whatever they can get their little hands on. Avoid tipping furniture by fastening them to the wall. You can also screw the TV on the TV stand or the wall to ensure it will not fall for any reason. Falling TV is one of the most common cases and can be fatal since it can hit the baby’s head if it does. Whatever piece of furniture you think will easily be knocked off should be fastened and restrained.
Use covers, latches, caps and carpets
When preparing your baby’s room, choosing a carpet which is soft enough for your baby to play on in the coming months will be a big help. If your floor material is wood or tiles, a carpet or rubber mats can act as cushions in case your child starts to sit up and walk. Also, use cabinet latches to keep small children from opening lower cabinets where cleaning products are kept. Conversely, outlets that are exposed and not in use should be covered with caps or plugs since these outlets are commonly located on the lower section of walls. You can also make use of furniture, say, a bookshelf to keep outlets out of sight. As for the sharp edges of tables and other furniture pieces, there are available edge and corner guards from stores and online.
Baby-proofing your home might entail hard work but knowing that your little angel is safe and happy is all worth it. And if you think this requires renovation, let a custom home builder help you in this aspect.