I thought I’d share some expert tips for “babyproofing” your home.
Take a baby’s eye view
Getting down on all fours and crawling around your home may feel silly, but it can save your little one’s life. Imagine yourself as your child, where everything in the world is shiny, new and worth exploration—as well as yummy enough to go in your mouth.
Start with the floor
Get the lead out
Secure electrical outlets and cords
Watch the windows
Remove or cover sharp edges
Protect against spills
Get baby gates
Move your houseplants
Avoid kitchen hazards
Turn down the water heater
Set the water heater at a lower temperature to lessen the risk of burns from hot running water. An added bonus is that you’ll save on utility bills.
Pitch the poison
Break bad habits
For your baby’s sake, now would be a good time to stop emptying the change in your pockets onto the living room table or leaving an iron or radio with the cords dangling from a high place.
Find a jar or piggy bank for the loose change and start wrapping those cords up and putting appliances away.
Safety over style
Sure, there’s a lot to think about — and your house will likely not be winning any style awards for the next few years, but isn’t protecting your child worth it?