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When you're expecting, there are many things you need to think about. One of the most important things is your child's safety. Baby-proofing your home not only gives you peace of mind, it also makes sure your future child isn't able to get into dangerous items around the home. There are many ways to remodel and baby-proof to keep children of all ages safe. From expensive remodeling to quick and easy plugs, consider the following baby-proofing options.
Change the Paint: Older homes may still have paint on the walls that simply isn't good for babies or children. While it's easy to say that your child won't be eating the paint, there may be chips. Chipped paint is easy for small children to pick up and can be hazardous. Lead-based paints were popular a few decades back, and it has been found that they can cause health problems. If you're worried that your home may have lead-based paint, consider repainting to fix the problem. In some cases, you may even want to knock down the walls, and put up new ones to ensure all lead-based paint is gone.
Fasten Furniture to the Walls: When your baby is a little older and crawling around, they're going to start pulling themselves up on anything they can; this includes furniture such as bookshelves, dressers and TV stands. To ensure your baby's safety, fasten these pieces to the wall. Though they may seem sturdy, it's safest to make sure that they won't come crashing down. If you have any furniture in the home that could easily be pulled over, go ahead and restrain it.
Move Items Up: Take a look around the home. Do you have any items that are near the ground? Remember that as babies start to move around, they're going to start grabbing at anything they can. Gadgets, knickknacks and even cords can cause a problem. Make sure to move as many items as you can from the floor, and any items that, while not directly on the floor, are positioned on surfaces even a few feet from the floor. It's surprising how quickly they start moving around and can get at the items on the coffee table.
Turn Down the Water Temperature: Take a look at your home's water heater. You may want to turn the temperature down, as most water heaters are set much higher than they need to be. It's suggested that you keep the water heater around 110 degrees when there is a baby in the home. This will help keep anyone in the home from accidentally causing burns to themselves or anyone else. It's easy to turn the hot water on too high for bath time, but when the thermostat stays low, this reduces the risk of water burns significantly.
There are many places in the home that you'll need to ensure are safe for the new baby. As the baby grows, it's always a good idea to reevaluate to ensure that the home is still safe. You should child-proof accordingly when children start to crawl, walk, and get into cupboards and drawers.
Find out more about baby proofing your home by visiting the following resources:
- Home Babyproofing: How to Keep Your Growing Family in Mind When Remodeling
- The Complete Guide to Babyproofing
- Childproofing Around the House
- A How to Guide to Baby-Proof Your Home
- National Safety Council – Baby-Proofing Your Home
- Babyproof Your Home
- Childproofing and Preventing Household Accidents
- 30 Ways to Baby Proof Your Home
- How to Baby-Proof Your Home for Those First 12 Months
- Baby Zone – How to Baby-Proof Your Home
- Make Your Home Safe for Baby
- Childproofing & Safety at Home
- 12 Safety Devices to Protect Your Children
- Preventative Measures for Protecting Your Children from Household Dangers
- Home Safety Checklist