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We love our children so much. We devote our lives and sacrifice so much for them. Our number one priority is their safety. It’s what I pray for every morning and night. I don’t ever want my kids to feel pain. So I made sure that when I had my first child, I made my home the safest environment I could for him. Here are 12 of the most important tips for babyproofing your home.
1. Tie everything down and secure it to the walls. Use furniture straps to hold TVs, bookshelves, dressers, and other heavy furniture in place in any rooms where your child might be left alone, even for a minute. Make sure a TV is never placed on a dresser. The kids can open the drawers and use them like stairs.
2. Use cord holders to keep your computer and TV cords up and away from the ground. Try to keep them behind desks so the baby can not reach them.
3. Use cordless blinds. While we are talking about cords, make sure that if you have blinds with cords, that they are tied up really high where a baby or child can not reach them. To be extra safe, you could switch to cordless blinds. I bet you didn’t even know they made cordless blinds, did you? SelectBlinds.com has a great variety of cordless blinds to choose from. These blinds keep your kids safe from accidental strangling. I encourage you to learn more about the #GoCordless movement by visiting Selectblinds.com and educate yourself on child and pet safety.
On March 31, 2016, Select Blinds became the first custom window covering provider to go 100 percent cordless. They are encouraging families to join the #GoCordless Movement to help prevent needless deaths and injuries of young children and pets from window covering cord strangulation.
And each month, SelectBlinds.com is partnering with Parents for Window Blind Safety for the Project Cordless giveaway to upgrade an entire home with cordless window coverings! To nominate someone, submit a 30-second video to www.selectblinds.com/gocordless.html#ProjectCordless.
4. Make sure your medications and cleaning supplies are up high in a cabinet that can not be reached, even by older children. If you want to go the extra mile, put a lock on the cabinet too.
5. Prevent shocks by installing plug covers. They sell plugs that are childproof that completely replace your plugs if you don’t like the look of the plastic inserts they sell.
6. Get a lock for the toilet. You’d be surprised at how attracted your baby is to the water in the toilet. Not only is it gross, but it’s a drowning danger.
7. Use corner bumper pads for all your furniture with sharp corners. My kids had constant bruises on their foreheads until I bought these.
8. Make tub time safe. Prevent scalding by adjusting your hot water heater so that the water is no hotter than 120 degrees. Install no-slip strips on the bottom of your tub and a soft cover on the faucet to protect tender heads. Most important, never leave your baby or toddler alone in the tub, even for a moment.
9. Get gates for your home to keep babies away from stairs and rooms that are not baby proof, like the kitchen.
10. Place your child’s crib and other furniture away from windows. Don’t rely on standard window screens — they’re meant to keep insects out, not children in. Instead, install childproof screens, or even better, window guards, which are proven to prevent falls.
11. You may leave appliances such as the toaster, coffee maker, or paper shredder plugged in for convenience. But some appliances can harm your child if she turns them on, pulls them down on her, or gets tangled in a cord. Unplug them when you’re not using them and put them away, out of reach, if you can.
12. Make sure that the changing table has a belt to keep the baby from rolling off. Don’t ever leave baby alone on the table. Plan ahead and have all the items you need, diapers, wipes, baby cream, handy before you start to change the baby.
I hope that these 12 tips help keep your baby safe from harm. Did you know all the dangers that are present in your home? Especially corded window coverings? Most parents are unaware of just how dangerous those cords are. Be sure to protect your children and check out SelectBlinds.com for more information on their cordless blinds and project #GoCordless.