Your Complete Guide to a Babyproof Home
Parenting is never easy, no matter your little one’s age. Children are curious. Children are adventurous, right from their very first day on the planet. They like to learn about things with their mouths. They like to stick things up their noses. They like to eat and chew and then crawl off into the distance – especially when they think no one is looking. So, how to keep them safe in your home? With practice, with planning and a keen eye is how.
Food and Edibles
For a baby or a young child, their sense of taste and smell is a primary way to explore the world around them – and that means chomping down on anything they can get their hands on, your own hands included! When a child is teething they’re especially vulnerable to choking hazards, so it’s important that you stock up on the right kinds of foods and snacks for their age. From breast milk to formula, from mashed potato to their first lick of lemon juice, you want to introduce your growing family to “normal” food slowly and steadily, avoiding bony or hard to chew ingredients most of all.
The Definitely Not Foods
Despite your best efforts to keep them full and happy, kids have a tendency to keep on eating and experimenting regardless. With that in mind, any and all medicines, pills, chemicals and powders around the house should be kept either out of reach or behind locked doors. A young child’s liver is far smaller and less effective than your own – any kind of poisoning can be dangerous. Even cooking spices, if particularly strong, are capable of irritating a baby’s lungs, nose and mouth. Be ever watchful and ever careful. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Sharps and Electrics
Following that same line of reasoning, any other dangerous objects available at baby-height should be similarly protected. Kitchen appliances, the ironing cord, plugs – there are covers for the latter and wireless versions of the former. Keep an eye out for toys with sharp or choke-hazard edges, too. As colourful and fun as they may seem, Lego blocks are hell when stuck in an ear or nose.
A babyproof home means parents who are alert and on the job as much as possible; it’s hard to be that kind of parent if you haven’t slept in several days. Be sure to plan and bring in outside help, and make time for yourself and your partner where possible. Consider asking friends, parents or family to babysit. Consider tending to your active side and going for a jog. And what about your spiritual side? Psychic readings available to book online can help you get your thoughts in order for the future, a talk with a good friend might calm your fears, a visit to your local mommy support group can reassure you that you’re doing the best job you can – or give you tips to improve.
The Baby’s Room
And lastly, the bedroom itself. Whether your child’s cot is next to your own or across the hall, it’s important to ensure it’s a safe and healthy environment for sleep. Keep pets out – cats in particular like to nestle on top of warm babies. Keep mould out – a child’s lungs are delicate. Change the sheets regularly, make sure plenty of changing supplies are on hand (late night scrambling for lotion is a nightmare) and most of all make sure that you’re close by and on hand when needed.
That’s what parenting comes down to in the end – acting and reacting. There will always be something missed. There will always be an unexpected hazard. The key is to pay attention, listen to your child and help them grow. And then before you know it they’ll be a hormonal teen!