As you get ready to welcome your new baby, you already know that for everything you can prepare for, two more will take you by surprise. All the more reason to get ready what you can now! One thing all parents should be aware of is what changes they need to make to their home before a little one is scampering around.
Get Your Home Baby Safety Ready
As Parents Magazine reminds us, “babies become mobile practically overnight.” Before your due date, walk around your house and think like a baby.
Hit the floor: Remember, your baby’s world takes place 5 or 6 feet lower than yours. Crouch down and observe your home from this level. Baby safety takes place at all levels.
- Look for outlets that are exposed and install a safe plate or safety cover.
- Look for cleaning products or dangerous chemicals that are within baby’s reach and move them to a different location.
- Secure cabinets with magnetic locks. These mechanisms fit most compartments and are invisible from the living space side of the cabinet.
- While you’re down there… sweep and clean. Look under book shelves or entertainment centers for dirt, debris, a dropped screw, or a missing earring that baby will just love to put in her mouth.
Review the medicine cabinet: When it comes to baby safety, what’s in and what’s not in your locked medicine cabinet is very important.
- As already stated, make sure the location can be locked, especially if it’s low to the ground. You may also want to clear your cabinet of medicines you plan to avoid while nursing.
- Talk to your doctor about what medicines they recommends for newborns and stock up early. When your baby gets a fever, colic or upset stomach, you’ll want to make them feel better, not run out to the store.
- Stock up on first aid. A paper towel and duct tape might cut if for your husband’s boo boos, but for your baby, you’ll want Band-Aids and an approved antiseptic.
Don’t forget your Indoor Air Quality: Protect your newborn from indoor air pollution and an uncomfortable environment. Again, baby safety takes place at all levels and air quality is as equally important for your baby’s health as any other precaution.
- Air Purifiers: A whole-home air purifier can remove allergens, asthma triggers and dust. All of which your little one may be more sensitive too.
- Humidifiers:Humidification, especially during dry colder months is essential. Properly humidified air prevents the spread of flu viruses and can help ease the symptoms of colds and respiratory infections.
- HVAC system check: Consider having your HVAC contractor do a check of your system before you bring baby home. You won’t want your air conditioner or furnace to suddenly go out with a new baby in the house. Your contractor can also help you decide on other IAQ upgrades for your baby!