Keeping on top of childproofing

Keeping on top of childproofing

Childproof your home as your child becomes mobile

As soon as your baby starts to become mobile, it’s time to start childproofing. You may have taken steps to childproof before it was necessary, adding locks to cabinets and covering outlets, but you will soon fine that no matter how much work you did, it wasn’t enough. Young children have a way of finding everything they shouldn’t get into and getting around your childproofing efforts, so you have to be alert.When you have a young child in the house, your broom and your vacuum cleaner should be your best friends. The smallest piece of plastic, popcorn kernel or leaf can be found by your infant and the first place it will go is straight to his mouth. Vacuum at least once a day, if not multiple times a day, to ensure your carpet is free from hidden dangers.

Keeping items out of a baby’s reach is also important. Never underestimate how far a baby can reach. You may think your crawling baby isn’t quite ready to pull up on the coffee table, pull books off of a shelf or grab something off of the table, but you may be wrong. Before you know it, she’s pulling up just long enough to reach and knock something off.  Try to keep objects you don’t want baby to reach high enough that she could not reach them if she happened to stand up and stretch her arms out to their full lengths.

Watch where you place heavy objects as well. Not only could a baby reach up and pull down a heavy object, causing injuries, but a crawling baby could knock into a bookshelf or pull on a coffee table enough that objects well beyond the baby’s reach could start to fall.