written by: Kaytie Carter
Preparing for the arrival of your baby is one of the most exciting phases of life. Whether this is your first time as a parent, or you’ve been here before, you’re likely receiving endless information from friends and family on what you can expect. One of the most important steps you can take is to make sure your home is safe for your new arrival. Here is the ultimate home baby-proofing guide to get you started.
1. Ask for Help
Before you get into the weeds of baby-proofing, know that you can and should ask for help when you need it. If you’re raising your child with a partner, make sure the two of you are a team. Share responsibilities, communicate on priorities, and keep everyone on the same page. If you are going to have more support from family members, be sure to include them in this process. When everyone understands the ‘why’ behind your baby-proofing tactics, you’ll have a much easier time getting everything in order.
2. Create a Safe Sleeping Environment
One of the first places to baby-proof is your bedroom. Make sure to have a bassinet near your bed, so your baby will have a safe and convenient place to rest while you get a few precious moments of sleep. As your baby grows and moves into a crib, it’s important to make sure your crib meets safety standards. This is especially true if you’re preparing for a second child. These standards may change over the course of a few years, so what was approved for your firstborn, may not be suitable for your second. Do your research on this in advance, so you can make a smooth transition when the time is right.
“you’re likely receiving endless information from friends and family on what you can expect. One of the most important steps you can take is to make sure your home is safe for your new arrival…”
3. Anchor Heavy Furniture
As babies grow, they love to grab anything they can wrap their hands around. According to House Method, anchor the TV, furniture, and any bookshelves to reduce their chance of toppling over. Although it may seem like you’re planning far in advance, it’s much easier to anchor your furniture before the baby arrives. This way, when they do start moving and shaking, you won’t have to worry.
4. Control Cords
Electrical cords are an enticing item that babies may want to put in their mouths. If you have lengthy cords dangling from electronics, now is the time to use cord holders to keep everything in place. Additionally, look for alternatives to long cords or options for getting cords away from the floors altogether.
5. Lock Up Medications and Cleaning Products
Medications and cleaning products are another hazard for children. Before your bundle of joy makes their debut, make sure these potential dangers are safely out of reach. Cabinet locks can be effective in many rooms of your home, so that you can still access what you need while keeping your baby safe.
Baby-proofing may seem overwhelming at first. But, with the right mindset, this process can become an exciting way to create a home that is as safe as possible for your new arrival. If you’re just getting started, consider a few of these tips to make sure you and your growing family are as happy and healthy as can be.