New arrival? How to baby proof your home!
It’s an exciting time in a couples life! You’ve decided to build a home yourself, and you have baby on the way! Congratulations on the new bundle of joy! Let’s get your home built in time for the arrival of the new baby. For all parents expecting a baby, it’s important to baby proof your home.
There are certain rooms in your new home that need to be baby proofed before the child arrives. Baby proofing is the goal of preventing risk to your little one or to yourself.
The kitchen is the heart of the home where various tasks are constantly taking place. The first step in baby proofing your home is moving dangerous items to a higher location. The cabinet under the sink is not the place for dishwashing detergent, cleaning supplies and other common kitchen products. Those products need to be locked away, and out of reach for little ones.
From there, purchase latches and child proof locks that go on cabinets with cleaning supplies or other products that are harmful. A great item to grab at the store is stove-knob covers to prevent the burners from turning on. Another common item that can be forgotten about, is the magnets on the fridge. Smaller magnets can easily be a choking hazard and should be moved up higher on the fridge.
The next room that needs some baby proofing is the living room.
The living room is usually filled with large furniture, sharp corners, and open electrical outlets. The first thing to do is mount the television on the wall. This mitigates the chances for the child to climb on the stand, causing the television falling on top of them.
It’s important to build a home with a newborn in mind. When it comes to design elements follow these steps:
Install a fireplace screen around your fireplace
Put safety covers over outlets
No blinds with cords
Buy furniture that’s stable
Purchase baby gates for the future
Have carbon monoxide alarms installed
Those are the baby proofing essentials for the living room, let’s move on to the bathroom.
The same concept of moving harmful products up higher in the kitchen, applies for the bathroom as well. Any cleaning products, razors, nail clippers and other items should be moved up to a medicine cabinet or higher storage areas.
The hot water tank should be turned down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, as baby’s skin is far more sensitive than an adults. Higher hot water temperatures can cause burns easily.
The bathtub is an easy place to slip and fall. Add a non slip shower mat to ensure the safety of the child and yourself.
While you’re building a home yourself, the nursery will be one of the primary rooms of concern. The nursery is the place where you and the baby will have late night bonding moments, diaper changes and share a number of memories.
To ensure there are no accidents, it’s important to follow these steps when baby proofing:
Place non-slip pads under all rugs
Buy a baby monitor
A ceiling fan can help reduce SIDS by 72%!
Install a carbon monoxide and smoke detector
Make sure all windows lock properly
Remember to design with age in mind. Babies have the most growth in their first year
These steps in the nursery are simple solutions that can happen during the process of building a new home. At Homestead Homes, while you build a home yourself, our team can help you design a home for your future family in mind!