Baby Proofing Checklist for New Parents
Babies seem to get their hands into everything. This can be cute and messy when it comes to food and toys, but it can be dangerous when it comes to household appliances.
September is National Baby Safety Month, and we want to do our part to help our customers protect their families. Here is the ultimate baby proofing checklist for new parents from our team at Blue Flame.
Baby Proofing the Nursery
- Make sure your crib rail is adjusted to the correct height for your baby’s size and age. Older babies can otherwise use the rail to climb up and jump out of the crib.
- Minimize the objects you leave inside the crib with your baby. Even pillows, blankets, and toys can be choking or suffocating hazards when babies are young.
- Use cordless baby monitors to prevent chewing or choking on cords.
- Never place cribs, pack and plays, or bassinets near vents or windows.
Baby Proofing the Bathroom
- Keep the bathroom doors locked and shut. Your baby’s risk of encountering bathroom safety hazards drops dramatically if he can’t even open the door. Try using these door knob covers to keep wandering hands out.
- Keep all toiletries out of reach or locked away. That includes shampoo, toothpaste, baby oil, cotton swabs, tweezers, nail files, or any other bathroom products you can think of.
- Keep cords from heat tools like hair dryers or curling irons wrapped up and stowed away.
- Never leave medicine bottles on the bathroom counter. Replace them in the medicine cabinet and put a baby proof lock on it.
- Put a safety latch on the toilet.
- Cover the tub spout to protect your baby if he falls.
- Use non-slip mats on the bathroom floor and in the bathtub.
- Use outlet covers. This is important in every room in the house, but especially in the bathroom where so much water is present.
Baby Proofing the Kitchen
- Put child locks on all of your lower cabinets and drawers.
- Store all cleaning supplies completely out of reach.
- Put covers on your stove knobs.
- Turn the handles of pots and pans toward the back of the stove when you cook.
- Avoid using tablecloths. It is easy for babies to pull them down and send your dishes crashing with them.
- Put a safety latch on the fridge.
Baby Proofing the Whole House
- Use corner guards on furniture with sharp edges.
- Don’t let window blind cords or curtain sashes dangle within your baby’s reach.
- Put safety gates on the top and bottom of any stairs.
We hope this baby proofing checklist for new parents keeps families safer!
At Blue Flame, customer safety is our number one priority. We hope these baby proofing guidelines help new parents tackle baby proofing the house more easily.
At Blue Flame, we are committed to an exceptional and eco-friendly experience every time you use our heating, air conditioning, and electrical services. Call us at (206) 388-5667 and speak to a member of our team.