16 Easy Steps To Baby Proof Your Home
Hi Glammas! I know most of us have our grand children over on a regular basis. Some of our grands live with us. So I wrote an article on the importance of baby proofing our homes for our precious little ones. Do you know how to baby proof your home?
In particular, we have to watch out for our newborn grand babies. All are sooo sensitive and precious to us. As a grandmother , I understand that nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our little ones.
So this post is written for the new and experienced grandmothers… when the grands come over or if they’re already there, here’s how to baby proof your home in 15 easy steps. When the grands come to visit, make sure you’ve got this covered.
Ready? Here we go…
- Install childproof sockets.
- Tape down long cords or anything else that could pose a tripping hazard.
- Place safety gates at the top and bottom of all stairs.
- Discard houseplants as a number of them can be poisonous… not to mention, soil is a pain to clean out of carpet. OR make sure they are out of reach of our grands.
- Keep tools and sharp objects locked up and — ideally — stored in an area out of reach. This includes hairdryers, too.
- Fasten bookcases to the wall such that they cannot be easily tipped over.
- Move furniture away from windows including anything that could be used as a stepladder.
- Remove cords from blinds as they pose a strangulation risk.
- Install safety locks on cabinet doors and toilet seat lids.
- Lock the oven door at all times. When using the stove, put cookware on the back burners with the handles pointed towards the wall.
- Remove magnets from your fridge. Should one fall, it poses a choking hazard.
- Cover sharp and hard furniture edges with padding, especially as your infant grows into a toddler.
- Disable locks on bathroom doors. You don’t want your child to lock him or herself in the bathroom — and hey, stranger things have happened.
- Remember, hand sanitizer (green clean kind – let me know if you don’t know where to find it). Too many harsh chemicals in the others.
- Avoid antibacterial soap, and certain laundry detergents that may irritate your skin, and how household cleaners can cause allergies in our grandchildren.
And, in my opinion, the most important of all…
16. Replace household cleaning agents with green, natural and nontoxic alternatives. If you’ve carefully baby proofed your home, you’ve most likely put dangerous cleaning agents out of reach — which is great! But to still use them means repeatedly exposing your newborn son or daughter to harsh and abrasive chemicals, toxins and poison. Contact me for details on this one
Of course, it goes without saying that this list isn’t exhaustive.
But what I’ve offered here are a few basics to get you started.
I personally recommend you do a full tour of your home — on your hands and knees, if possible — and consider everything your little one could get into.
Did you find or can you think of something dangerous for our grandchildren that I haven’t included on this list?
Because of the business I’m in relative to green, clean living, I know how to lead a cleaner, safer, more nontoxic lifestyle, especially in this winter season where the flu has been the worst in years so I can help get your environment safe and sound.
Please leave your ideas in a comment below. And while you’re down there, would you like a free green living consultation? Safer for you and our grand babies. I’d love to chat with you about other ways I could help to make your home safer, greener, and less toxic for our grands babies.