Things that we take for granted can in fact be a hazard for the baby, especially when they start walking and crawling.
Don’t find out what is dangerous the hard way. The list is endless since of course each home is different.
However, here are some tips that might ease it up.
Babies love playing with items in the purse. It can be your purse or even one of a household guest. Items in your purse that can be dangerous to the baby include medications, nail files, cosmetics, and pens. Small items are especially dangerous.
Make sure that no furniture lamps and decorations can easily be tripped over as the baby gets older. High chairs should be away from walls and surfaces that they can easily push it away from. This provides a tipping hazard. Furniture with chipping or peeling should not be in the house. Have cabinet doors, fridge locked, put rubber mats on to slippery surfaces, and also look out for pointy corners around their height. You can buy home baby proofing products from your local hardware/baby store.
Cleaning products should be out of reach to the baby. Keep this in mind as you store the products and also when you are using them. When you are cleaning it can be very easy to be distracted and turn your back away. Therefore they can easily get into trouble. Use sinks instead of a mop bucket. Babies can easily drown in the smallest amount of water and what is in the water as you clean can be quite harmful to them.
Look at the room from the babies point of view. Check rooms often and get down on the floor to look for any hazards.
If you are breastfeeding you might probably put the baby to sleep in your bed sometimes. Take these tips into account:
- Do not put them into an adult bed to sleep alone because they can crawl to the
edge and fall. They can suffocate and become trapped between headboards and the wall.
- Put the baby to sleep on their back instead of their stomach. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome can have something to do with placing a baby to sleep in the stomach.
- Never use pillow, comforter, or thick quilts if the baby under one year of age. use secure fitting crib sheets.
- Make sure the baby can not fall out of the bed. Use bed railing or have the bed with one side to the wall. Baby should sleep between mom and bed rail instead of two parents.
- Being under the influence of alcohol or groggy medication can pose you as a threat for the baby. Do not put the baby to sleep in your bed if you are.
- Make sure the bed has a firm surface and do not use a featherbed, waterbed, or even a deep mattress.
- Do not use too many blankets, pillows, or stuffed animals.
- Do not fall asleep on a couch or sofa with the baby. They can suffocate or become wedged in between spacing.
- Never stuff too many bodies in a bed with a small baby. You need space for comfort and for safety.