Every four seconds, somewhere in the U.S. a child is treated in an emergency department for an unintentional injury, notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You want to do everything you can to keep your family from contributing to this statistic. As your little one begins developing the motor skills to reach out and grab everything that comes her way, you'll need to baby-proof your home.
While your baby isn't exactly ready to start cooking, as he becomes more mobile he may crawl, run or wander into the kitchen. Locks and latches are your best friend when it comes to keeping your little one's hands away from potentially dangerous items. It’s time to place childproof latches on drawers that hold sharp utensils, as well as appliance and floor cabinet doors. Store items such as cleaners, heavy objects and glassware up and out of your baby's reach. Even though refrigerator magnets may look cute, they pose a choking hazard. When you do cook, keep your baby away from the stove or oven and turn pot handles inward.
The Bathroom Lockdown
Between the risk of drowning, scalding or poisoning, taking your baby into the bathroom may seem scary. That said, you can take precautions to make it safer for your infant. Never allow your baby to stay in the bathroom without you, even if you have safety proofed. Latch or lock the door closed so that she can't get in by herself. When you do take your baby into the bathroom, use non-slip strips on the bathtub bottom, add cushioned covers to the tub's faucets and set the water temperature less than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Place medications, cleaning products and beauty products out of your child's reach in a cabinet with a safety latch.
Get your baby’s room ready for his newly developed curious ways. Move any furniture such as his crib, a changing table, a low toy box, a dresser or a bookshelf away from the windows, suggests Oregon-based pediatrician Todd Huffman. Doing so lessens the risk that your infant would climb up one these nursery staples and fall out of a window. Reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome by removing soft bedding from your baby’s crib. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using a bare mattress with a fitted sheet, and taking out comforters, blankets, pillows, toys and bumper pads.
From the blinds that are covering your windows to the electrical items that are spread throughout your house, keeping cords away from your mobile baby is a must. If you have to have window coverings with cords, never allow them to hang down within your child’s reach. This poses a strangulation hazard. Tie the cords up and out of reach. Likewise, address electrical cords with a baby safety cord cover or shortener, and cover outlets.