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Safety First
How-to Safety-proof Your House in 8 Easy Steps
by Christen Claytor

Now that Junior is becoming more mobile, it’s time to pack up your precious knick-knacks and the dangerous chemicals to make sure your house is safe for your little one.  Here’s what else you need to do…
 


      

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Safety First
How to Safety-proof Your House in 8 Easy Steps
by Christen Claytor

Now that Junior is becoming more mobile, it’s time to pack up your precious knick-knacks and the dangerous chemicals to make sure your house is safe for your little one.  Here’s what else you need to do…
 

One thing you’ll begin to notice is that once your baby is up and moving, there’s no turning back. The days of putting your baby down and knowing she would pretty much be in the exact same place are definitely over. Infants scoot, roll, crawl and more… Even though it may seem impossible at times to keep up with your little rascal, don’t give up. You can easily safety proof your house and have some serious peace of mind.

Here are some tips on baby proofing your home:

  1. For your bathroom, you may want to consider purchasing and installing toilet lid locks—babies tend to be drawn to water.
  2. As for your doors, you’ll need to put sticker decals on any sliding glass doors you have so that your baby will not run into them—yes, believe it or not, it can happen. Also, you should invest in doorknob covers for doors that you don’t want your baby to open.
  3. You don’t want your windows to be able to open more than 6 inches—window guards will eliminate this problem. Don’t place furniture or anything that can be climbed on near a window.
  4. Cover all unused electrical outlets with safety plugs that snap into outlets so your baby cannot place their fingers or small objects in the outlets and get burned.
  5. Once your baby starts to crawl, install gates to block off rooms and areas that you don’t want your baby wandering off to.
  6. Keep all drawers closed completely so your baby can’t close their fingers in them or climb them.
  7. Keep all medications and cleaning products in a locked cabinet so that your baby cannot get to them and drink any toxic products.
  8. When you’re cooking, use the back burners if possible and turn the handles of pots and pans toward the back of the stove or counter. It’s also important to teach your child that the oven is “hot” and not to touch or go near it.
 

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