My husband and I are a little behind on the child proofing of our home. It has been in the back of our minds for a while now but Landon has really only started moving the past couple months so we hadn't gotten around to it. I think now that he is one and on the verge of walking and has now learned to climb stairs it is becoming apparent that this will have to be done sooner than later.
I took some time to do some research today on what all we needed to do to protect Landon and create a safe envirnonment for him to play in. I am amazed on what all needs to be done to make your child safe in his own home.
Here are a few of the suggestions in the article I read:
•Crib slats should be no further than 2 3/8th inches apart to prevent baby's head from becoming entrapped.
•No soft bedding which can cause suffocation.
•Remove hanging cords from window blinds and treatments.
•Plug all outlets. The more complex the outlet plug the safer it is, but more frustrating to use.
•Store electrical items out of reach when not in use (irons, hair dryers, curling irons, etc.)
•Install toilet lids that lock. This prevents baby from playing in the toilet and getting hurt or drowning.
•Poisons, including medications, should be stored high up where the baby or toddler can't find it. These should also have safety lids in case your kid out smarts you.
•Your water heater should be no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
•All baby items should have straps that go around the waist and between the legs to prevent baby from slipping out. This goes for high chairs, carriers, swings, etc.
•Install fire extinguishers.
•Soften all the hard and sharp corners of tables, the hearth etc.
•Drawers that you do not want the baby in have clasps or baby proofed closures. You might even consider this for the fridge.
•Door locks and hinge protectors are also good ideas for doors to rooms and closets.
•Have a plan for removing small objects from around the house every day.
If you are interested in learning more here is another great article that goes into more detail on child proofing.