In the United States, birth rates are historically the highest in the summer. If your household has been blessed with one of the approximate 4 million babies born this year, you no doubt have a lot to deal with right now.
With so much on your plate, it’s easy to overlook certain areas when child-proofing your home. It’s difficult to make sure the safeguards you’ve put in place are effective, and hard to determine which products make your life easier and which products just complicate it more.
1 – But don’t forget!
Child-proofing doors and drawers containing hazardous materials and putting plastic plugs in open power outlets are the no-brainers of making a home safe for your new addition, but it’s even more important to go over areas that many parents miss.
To clear your home of overlooked hazards, start with preventive care.
- Lowering the temperature settings of your water heater to 120 degrees will protect your baby from being accidentally burned by hot water during bath time.
- Low hanging window blind cords that are looped pose a strangulation hazard and should be avoided, but cutting the ends will reduce the risk.
- As your baby learns to crawl and stand up on their own, consider adjusting your table cloths so they are out of reach from being pulled off the table along with the items atop it.
- Perform a thorough inspection of your home for small items like loose paint chips or dead insects. Small objects can not only be choking hazards, but they can also be toxic.
- Finally, keep your local poison control center’s phone numbers by the phone or stored in your cell phone in case of accidents, which can happen so frequently with such explorative little ones.
2 – Get Great References!
Choosing a babysitter can be tough. There are so many choices, it’s difficult to know who you can trust and determine who has the qualifications for special needs you may have. Fortunately, websites such as Sittercity.com can be a huge help with a large selection of babysitters registered in your area. They have multiple filters to help you select a babysitter based on budget, special needs, experience, education and certifications.
As a cautious parent of a newborn, evaluating a sitter is much easier with home security cameras. They help you stay in touch and can help reassure you that all is well. Protection 1’s eSecure system allows you to check in on your child with video via computer or smartphone. You will also be notified when special alert zones such as gun, alcohol or medicine cabinets are accessed.
3 – Employ Innovations in Automation
There so many innovations that make it easier to focus on your child, such as remote control lights and door locks. They allow you to operate your door with a remote control keychain or your smartphone, making leaving and coming home with your child and diaper bag in your arms much easier.
Other devices simply help monitor safety. You may want to make sure there are smoke and carbon monoxide sensors located near to the rooms of small children. This will better protect infants as they are more susceptible to chemical poisoning and it will also ensure your home complies with updated local and state requirements.
You can obviously never make your home too safe for the newest member of your family. Do you have other “secrets” you’d like to share? If so, tell us about them in the comments, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more great safety tips for you and your home!!