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It is always better to be safe than sorry. Babies grow quickly and get around and run into things. Therefore, it is never too soon for safety measures. Ensure that your house is baby proof when the baby is little or even before the baby arrives.
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Keep It Down
It is always better to secure furniture and appliances. Ensure that you use furniture straps to keep TVs, shelves, dressers, and furniture in place in rooms where your child might wander. Children may use drawers as steps to climb up dressers. Avoid placing your TVs on dressers. Furthermore, place corner or edge bumpers on sharp edges of furniture.
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The toilet may appear to be harmless. However, it can be tricky with babies around the house. The toilet seat, lid, and water can be quite dangerous. Therefore, ensure that the toilet seat and lid is kept down and secured with a lock.
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Control those Cords
Cords and electric equipment can be extremely dangerous. Babies are likely to trip over or tug at electric wires. Therefore, use cord holders to keep longer cords fastened against walls.
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Ensure that your baby's bed or crib is fixed. Because cribs with drop-side rails are banned, ensure that older cribs are used with immobilizers. Check the crib to ensure that your baby cannot fit his head between the spaces by sliding a soda can between slats. If it slides through, they are too wide. Place soft blankets, pillows, stuffed toys, and bumpers around your child's sleep area radius.
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All medicines must be stored in a locked cabinet out of the baby's reach. Keep the medicine in babyproof containers. Do not take medicine in front of your child as he/she may imitate you. Never refer to medicine as candy. Furthermore, do not flush old pills down the toilet, ensure that you dispose them in a sealed bag, and throw it in the trash.
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Keep all blind and drape cords out of your child's reach. Place your baby's bed or crib away from window blinds or drapes as these can be dangerous and can be a choking hazard.
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Stay away from Shocks
Ensure that electric sockets and outlet covers are kept out of a child's sight as they may pose as a choking hazard if a baby pulls it out of the wall. Use childproof covers that are difficult to pull out. Furthermore, place furniture in front of sockets.
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A baby may roll off while you are fixing the diaper. Ensure that your diaper changing table is secure with safety straps and always keep the child buckled up. Never leave the baby alone on the table. Keep all required items within your reach so you do not leave the baby unattended.
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Ensure that your kids are far away from household cleaners and chemicals and hazardous appliances. Store such items away in locked cabinets and safety latches.
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Seat your baby in a rear-facing car seat. Furthermore, avoid a used car seat as it could be damaged or may be missing parts or the instructions.
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Ensure a safe but fun tub time for your baby. Adjust the hot water so that the water does not feel the burn. Furthermore, place no-slip strips at the bottom of your tub and a soft cover on the faucet to protect the baby's tender head. Never leave the baby alone in the tub.
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Limit Baby's Movement
You may use baby gates to prevent the baby from entering certain rooms. Use gates at the top and bottom of the stairs until your baby starts walking. Avoid using accordion-style gates as they may trap the baby's head. Use gates that attach securely to the wall and do not pinch small fingers.
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Away from the window
Ensure that the baby's crib and furniture are away from windows. Do not rely on standard window screens because they can only keep insects out, and not children in. Therefore, install childproof screens or window guards.
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Around Pools and Water
Ensure safety around pools, hot tubs, fish tanks and ponds using a fence with a self-latching gate. In addition you may use pool covers and alarms. Keep your eyes on the baby at all times.
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Toys should be safe for babies such that your child's toys should be much larger than his mouth, to prevent choking. Ensure that all toys are whole and no parts come off. Furthermore, remove movable toys so that the baby does not slide on it and get hurt.
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Ensure that electronic appliances are unplugged when not in use. The baby may tug onto the plug and this may cause choking hazard.
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Ensure your baby's safety by installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors specifically in the sleeping area. Furthermore, ensure that you check the batteries every now and then.
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Safe Toy Box
Select a safe toy box for you baby which does not slam so your baby's fingers do not jam in there. Ensure the box has ventilation holes incase the baby climbs in.
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The Child's Perspective
Seeing things from child's perspective by crawling on your hands and knees is the best way to baby proof your house. At the baby's eye level, any breakable or hazardous item that may come in the way can be noticed by you, and thus you can protect your baby.